Advanced Website Thumbnail Preview Extension for Joomla!.

JV-ShrinkTheWeb Product Description

The internet is full of hyperlinks and we keep clicking them very often than not. Many times, we dont have an idea of the page we would land up in, before you click on a hyperlinked url, isn't it? Will it not be a great experience for you to view a thumbnail preview of the page that is being linked to.

JV-ShrinkTheWeb does just that for links anywhere on your Joomla website. With JV-ShrinkTheWeb you can generate thumbnail preview images for website urls, and show them anywhere in your Joomla website like in a directory, article, module etc...


  • Pictures speak a thousand words. Do so with thumbnail previews for urls on your website. Provide pictorial previews of website urls that can give a more professional ease of use to your site visitors.
  • Use it along with your affiliate program to increase revenue.
  • Add to your member profiles, forum signatures, web directories, Joomla weblinks, related links etc...
  • Recall previously visited websites, improve search accuracy, filter offensive websites, discover ambiguous and parked websites.


  • Joomla 3.4+
  • PHP 5.4+
  • MySQL 5.5+
  • Free/Paid account at ShrinkTheWeb.com

JV-ShrinkTheWeb Product Features

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{stwpreview} Tag

Generating a thumbnail should not take you more than a few seconds. Open your article or module editor and add {stwpreview url=http://www.myurl.com} with optional arguments/options at the position you want the preview to appear, and save the article. When you view the article in site frontend, JV-ShrinkTheWeb will magically convert that stwpreview code into the website thumbnail preview of www.myurl.com and show it in it's place. Wasn't that simple and easy?

Manage Previews and Caching

So how does the magic happen? ShrinkTheWeb.com is the key to this. ShrinkTheWeb.com is the most powerful truly free website thumbnail provider for thumbnail previews. JV-ShrinkTheWeb uses its API to contact ShrinkTheWeb.com servers, fetches the thumbnails, manages and displays them in Joomla content, all done on the fly when the page loads. Worried about page loading time? You don't need to, as JV-ShrinkTheWeb can cache the thumbnail images for faster page loading!

Quick Insert with Editor Button

To make it easier for you to add {stwpreview} tags, JV-ShrinkTheWeb provides an editor button called "Url Preview" which you can use to insert these tags easily with all arguments. 

Style the Preview Images:

Want to change the styling for the generated images? You can, by providing optional arguments to {stwpreview} tag where you can define your custom styling or even provide a custom class name. This way you can customize links independently


Multiple Thumbnail Previews per Page:

Add multiple stwpreview tags in your Joomla website content, and JV-ShrinkTheWeb will replace all the tags with respective thumbnail previews. It does not matter in which component or module the tags added in. JV-ShrinkTheWeb just shows thumbnail previews wherever it finds them.

Controlling the Preview Generation:

JV-ShrinkTheWeb provides a number of optional arguments to {stwpreview} tag. With these arguments you can set the size, quality, dimensions and many other attributes of the preview image that will be generated.

Manage Thumbnail Previews:

In Joomla backend, you can view the recently generated thumbnail previews, clear cache, search previews by url and also view the list of all thumbnail previews image in a given page. You have complete control on the thumbnail preview images.

Local Thumbnail Images:

If some reason you want a custom thumbnail, then JV-ShrinkTheWeb provides with option to upload and use a local thumbnail instead of dynamically generated one too for specific urls! This feature can be used as an alternative in case you want to use a different image than the one provided by shrinktheweb.com.