Site Verification, News Display, Article Elements, Site Links, Article Preview

JV-ShrinkTheWeb is a Joomla! extension suite that enables you to display thumbnail previews of internal and external urls anywhere in Joomla.

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JV-ShrinkTheWeb achieves this by interacting with ShrinkTheWeb, the most powerful truly free website thumbnail provider. acts as a server providing thumbnail previews. JV-ShrinkTheWeb contacts the server, fetches the thumbnails and displays them in Joomla content. All that you need to do is insert or add "stwpreview" tags for urls in Joomla content (modules/components/plugins/templates!) and JV-ShrinkTheWeb will dynamically replace them with thumbnail previews during page loads.

JV-ShrinkTheWeb has been reviewed, tested and certified by

Example: To show thumbnail preview of in your Joomla article/module, just open up the Article manager/Custom HTML module and add the stwpreview tag at the place that you want.

Alternatively, you may click on the "URL Preview" button in the editor and just provide your url and other optional values and the stwpreview tag will be generated and inserted into the article at the place you want!

That's it!. Its that simple

Why do you need thumbnail previews?

  1. 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.

  2. Recall previously visited websites, improve search accuracy, filter offensive websites, discover ambiguous and parked websites.

  3. Use it along with your affiliate program to increase revenue. Add to your member profiles, forum signatures, web directories, Joomla weblinks, related links etc...

Significant Features of JV-ShrinkTheWeb

  1. Caching of Thumbnail Preview Images
  2. Multiple Thumbnail Previews Per Page
  3. Styling the Thumbnail Images
  4. Supports all types of STW accounts
  5. Supports all PRO features of STW
  6. Manage Thumbnail Previews in back-end
  7. Show thumbnail previews anywhere (in component/module/etc...)

New Features Introduced in Version 3.0

  1. Choose between Simple and Advanced API method to fetch previews
  2. Fetch the image, or the image with css/classes or just the image url only!
  3. Ability to add local thumbnails to JV-ShrinkTheWeb from backend.
Great software -- does exactly what it's supposed to do! Screenshot thumbnail generator captures the entire website page and looks fantastic
Ease of use
Very easy to use and set up.
Have not needed; but has it.
Documentation is comprehensive but most of the settings are intuitive.
Value for money
Great product. Great value right out of the box. Very happy to have bought it.
I used this to: I set up skilled trades business directory for local professionals with JV-LinkDirectory. I use JV-ShrinkTheWeb for all my thumbnail screenshots. I feel it's a must-have for great JV-LinkDirectory and my clients.

Disappointed :(

Posted on 02 September 2016
Poor. Not too much to configure, mostly all about the (extra paid) STW "engine". Nothing special.
Ease of use
Not very useful, that's the problem.
Didn't even try to contact support as no refunds are given (which could be my only solution here).
Value for money
Wasted money.
I used this to: I wanted to add some nice thumbnails to my Joomla website directory. Tried this extension... and that was a big mistake :(
Owner's reply: Thank you for your review.

The free account at (we dont own it) from where the thumbnails are pulled provides many basic options for thumbnail previews. You only need to go for extra paid options there if you need additional features in thumbnails like custom size, resolution, inside pages etc...All that you need to use JV-ShrinkTheWeb, is create an account at, get the api keys from your account and configure it in JV-ShrinkTheWeb settings, and add stwpreview tags using your editor in articles or anywhere in Joomla. The thumbnails start appearing after that automatically.

Additionally, our products come up with exceptional support which has been echoed time and again by our customers. Probably you have purchased the Personal Edition of the product which does not come with support and this is clearly outlined during purchase. I still wish you could have reached out to us via email or contact us button on our site if you had issues, to enable us to sort out your problems. We still encourage you to contact us at with your username at, and the issue that you face, to help you. If you are still not satisfied after our attempt to help you, we will be glad to refund your money.

JV-ShrinkTheWeb Extension

Posted on 08 June 2015
Fully functional and it's easy to install though one needs also to register at Shrink The Web and then get back to the extension.
Ease of use
After installing it is very easy to use.
I found it quite confusing to install it but I received support promptly within two hours and was able to go ahead easily.
I could not follow the documentation initially. But eventually figured out everything. A step-by-step instruction in one place would help.
Value for money
It has a very high value/price ratio and is therefore very good value for money and I am enormously happy to have bought it.
I used this to: Developing my website using Joomla
You can create very comfortable screenshots from websites. The "thumbnail view" looks very nice in web catalogs, like the JV-LinkDirectory.
Ease of use
It is very simple. If you have a ShrinkTheWeb account, you simply type in your access datas.
The support helps 24 hour on 7 days.
Value for money
For the fast customer support and the good programming, I like to pay for this component.
I used this to: In combination with the JV-LinkDirectory is JV-ShrinkTheWeb a good part to create a good web catalog. I love this feature an I´am happy, that I can use my good old time link collection for me and my visitors.
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Last updated:
Aug 31 2018
Date added:
Nov 19 2014
GPLv2 or later
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