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WPF-WebThumb

LICENSE TYPE: INFINITE

Description

WPF-WebThumb create thumbnails of any web page.

You can choice a free service between:

  1. bluga.net: you can register free of charge to have up to 100 thumbnails fetched per month; paying a fee this limit can be removed.

  2. PagePeeper may be use with no registration, but the thumbnail generated is branded with their logo; if you register you can get 100,000 shots/month with no logo.

  3. ShrinkTheWeb returns a not-cacheable image and requires registration, free service has limited IP access. (not reccomanded)

  4. ShrinkTheWeb2 returns a cacheable image and requires registration, very fast.

  5. WebToPicture is completely free, not requires registration nor is branded, but has very slow response time.

You can use a shortcode to place the thumbnail images anywhere in your posts or articles.
A multi-widget is also available.
It is possible to select the size of each thumbnail and some other options.
Using a suitable template, may click on the thumbnail to go to the site and/or display a bigger thumbnail, etc.

Currently in beta, works with PHP 5.2.12 or higher: please report any issue you find, and any feature you want. Ill try to fix the firsts and to implement the seconds!

Very close to a first release (no know bugs, if found any please ask me for support!)

Info and more samples at WPF-WebThumb developers site

Screenshots

Installation

  1. Unzip and place the webthumb folder in your wp-content/plugins directory.
  2. Activate the plugin.
  3. Click the WPF-WebThumb link in the WordPress setting menu, configure it in the Settings tab and save (step REQUIRED).
  4. Use a shortcode [wpf-webthumb] (or legacy [webthumb]) to display thumbnail. See Help tab for more info.
  5. You can also drag-and-drop one or more widget.

NOTE:

  • You need to register at bluga.net webthumb API service in order to obtain the APIKEY needed by the plugin. The registration is free.

  • No registration is needed by the plugin to use PagePeeper service.

  • You need to register at ShrinkTheWeb service in order to obtain the ACCESSKEY needed by the plugin. The registration is free.

FAQ

Yes! The plugin is free. You can register for free and use with no charge the service to grab the thumbnails at one of the services, that are also free.

In the 0.x version there is a debug feature activated that generates hidden HTML code.

In your browser rigth click and display source code or similar to view HTML, then search for

If you cannot fix, please send me copy of this code, or the URL of the page that is not working. You can use WP plugin support page. Ill be happy to help you!

There are pros and cons for the possible choices:

  • bluga.net requires a registration, you have 100 free shots per month. More if you pay.

  • pagepeeper may be use with no registration, but the thumbnail generated is branded with their logo; if you register you can get 100,000 shots/month with no logo (this feature not implemented jet)

  • shrinktheweb is very fast but requires registration and clicking on the image redirect you to a intermediate page in shrinktheweb.com. The image caching is available only to premium account and is not implemented by the plugin.

  • shrinktheweb caching image is now available for free users too! Just use shrinktheweb (img cache) option.

  • Web2Picture is completely free, but has very slow response time (hours? days?) if thumb does not exists. So it is add as an option before grab the thumbs with any other service.

It is possible to use predefined templates (see dir templates) or define a custom template to display the thumbnails. Just create webthumbs-n.html in templates dir and refer to is as template=n (n is an integer!)

The predefined templates you can choice between are:

  • 0 : is just an tag with attributes src, alt, title, id

  • 1 : is a simple box with title on the top (if specified) and url in the bottom (if specified) and the thumbnail in the middle

  • 2 : is a small clickable box, useful to have many thumbnails on a row.

see examples at WPF-WebThumb developers site

The plugin poll for an image ready, if it is not in about 1 minute it stops waiting and display a question mark image. Probably refreshing the page the image is then fetched.

When you request a thumbnail to PagePeeper chances are that it is ready in seconds; if not you can retrieve it later, but in this case an image with PagePeeper logo only is returned and cached.

You should delete the cached image to retrieve the correct one.

You can delete or update file by file using the Cache tab in settings pages, or you can directly browse your site at the directory specified by thumbnails dir is:.

Here you can find images with names that are close  to the domain names you thumbnailed: if you delete one or more of them a new cached image will be saved next time the thumbnail is requested.

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