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Joomla: Weblinks with Thumbshots
Written by Andreas Berger   
Friday, 09 April 2010 12:52

The bretteleben.de "Weblinks with Thumbshots" component for Joomla! 1.5 modifys the default Joomla! component "Weblinks" and replaces the default icons with thumbshots (preview images) of the linked website. The link to your thumbshot provider is set in the backend of the default "Weblinks" component.

Why a core hack instead of a separate component? The modification concerns only 3 files of the original component and this is - in my opinion - no reason to reinvent the complete component. In addition - this way allows to go on using the already existent links and takes just a few clicks to install/uninstall.


- replaces the icons of the weblinks with thumbshots
- free to choose thumbshot provider

Installation and Usage

The component gets installed via the Joomla! backend and accessed via the menu item Components > Weblinks with Thumbshots.
The interface of the component offers just 1 option at a time:

  • enable
    (if the component is disabled)
    Enabling the component makes a backup of the concerned original files and than replaces them with the midified ones. In addition the parameters plus default values get saved to the database.
  • disable
    (if the component is enabled)
    Disabling the component rereplaces the modified files with the original ones.

As soon as the component is enabled tha configuration panel (Link: Parameters) of the default component "Weblinks" (Joomla! Backend > Components > Weblinks) contains two additional parameters. The first one is the link to your thumbshot provider (thumbshots.com, websnapr, ...), the second the width of the thumbshots. The part "#URL#" has to be present in any case, it gets replaced by the component with the URL of the current weblinks.

A step by step tutorial will follow soon.


A sample of the component in action: Links > AdNetworks


This is the first version of the component, bugs are possible/likely, bugreports and suggestions highly welcome.


The default Joomla! component "Weblinks" has to be installed and activated.


Tested Joomla! versions:

  • 1.5.15
  • 1.5.14 - thanks to Orazio for reporting

Successfully tested thumbshot providers:

  • thumbshots.com
  • websnapr.com - 20110223: new code does not allow to use this service
  • fadeout.de
  • thumbalizr.com
  • snapcasa.com
  • picoshot.com
  • bitpixels.com
  • thumber.de
  • websnapr.com
  • snapr.seekxl.de
  • thumbnails.iwebtool.com
  • shrinktheweb.com
    Sample for the parameter "Thumbshot URL" using ShrinkTheWeb:
    Replace "YOURACCESSCODE" with the respective Code
    Thanks to Chris Iles for his report!

Additional tests will follow, reports (works/doesn't) are highly welcome!


The component is licensed under the GNU Public License (www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html).

update Version: 1.0.0


If you have questions or suggestions, please use the comment-function.

If you use this extensions, please post a rating and a review at extensions.joomla.org. Furthermore I appreciate everyone, supporting me by including www.bretteleben.de in his/her weblink repository. The layout of the component comes intentionally without a mandatory link.

If you need additional features or customizations for your project that exceed the scope of support offered through the comments, you are invited to submit your requirements specification and the planned budget by email (menu item "Contact" in the menu at the top).


The ZIP-archive contains the component, by downloading it you agree to the terms of the GNU Public License.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 21:51
Comments (22)
Weblink Thumbs 1.6?
12 Monday, 23 May 2011 11:16


Irgendein  Plan diese Komponente fuer 1.6 anzubieten? Waere super!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 27 June 2011 21:05
A. Berger



Joomla 1.6
Monday, 27 June 2011 12:50

Hi! any idea when it will be ready?


Monday, 23 May 2011 20:03
A. Berger

Hallo Richard!

Ja, ist in Arbeit.


Textausrichtung in Weblinks mit Thumbs (Thread 75/ 12.5.11)
11 Tuesday, 17 May 2011 19:09

Hallo Andreas Berger

Vielen Dank für die Antwort. Wie so oft vergisst man das wichtigste. Hier der Link:
http://www.igsportgossau.ch/1522 -  unter Links - Kat. Sponsorenlinks
Schon jezt Tausend Dank für die Hilfe.

Gruss Niklaus

Textasurichtung in Weblinks mit Thumbs (Thread 75/ antwort
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 17:55

Hallo Andreas

Sorry, dass ich mich erst jetzt melde.
Dein Tipp hat Wunder gewirkt und es funktioniert bestens. Das umbenennen des Ordners hat das Problem gelöst.

Ganz herzlichen Dank.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 21:25
A. Berger

Hallo Niklaus!

Verzwickte Geschichte :)

Also, die Komponente WeblinksWT überschreibt den HTML-Output der Originalkomponente Weblinks und stellt den Thumbshot in eine eigene Tabellenzelle, damit genau das was Du jetzt siehst nicht passiert.
Dein Template andererseits überschreibt den von mir überschriebenen HTML-Output der Komponente nochmals - und stellt den Thumbshot wieder in die selbe Tabellenzelle wie den Text. Samt diverser Leerzeichen und sonstiger Nettingkeiten.
Du könntest mal versuchen, den Override des Templates zu deaktivieren, indem Du den Ordner "/templates/yoo_enterprise/html/com_weblinks" umbenennst (com_wasauchimmer oder so). Vielleicht passt das Ergebnis, wenn nicht dann muss man diesen Override des Templates modifizieren.


Weblinks Category Listing
10 Monday, 16 May 2011 18:00

The component works great...thank you. However, I was hoping someone could help with one question. I have my weblinks in several categories such as:
*Sports - Category
*Travel - Category

In order to get to the links, you have to click on the category. Is there any way of displaying all the categories and links such as:
*Sports - Category
ESPN - Link
Fox Sports - Link

*Travel - Category
Priceline - Link
Orbitz - Link

I would like to do this so that my weblinks page does not look so empty. Thanks for your help.


Tuesday, 17 May 2011 20:34
A. Berger

Hi Darryl!

I'm sorry, but I'm not aware of a possibility to do so. As far as this component is concerned, it only changes the behavior of the core component to show thumbshots instead of icons. No other modifications/enhancements.

Best regards

Compatibility with Joomla 1.5.20
9 Saturday, 14 May 2011 21:26

Looks like a great component. Will it work with Joomla 1.5.20? Thank you.

Sunday, 15 May 2011 08:37
A. Berger

Hi Darryl!


Best regards

Problem bei installation???
8 Saturday, 14 May 2011 07:13

Hallo Andreas,

Ich hab dein component probiert aber nach der istallation gab is keine extra parameter in das orginal weblinks component. Naturlich habe ich WeblinksWt 'enabled'.
Ich arbeite mit joomla 1.5.23 und habe aussern JCE (editor) noch keine weiteren componenten installiert. Moglich hast du einen idee was passiert
(endschuldige fur mein slechtes deutsch).

Jan-Martin Krikken

Sunday, 15 May 2011 18:57
A. Berger

Hallo Martin!

Ich habe gerade eine lokale Testinstallation auf 1.5.23 aktualisiert und die Komponente installiert. Es funktioniert einwandfrei. Die beiden zusätzlichen Parameter findet man, wenn man die Komponente "Weblinks" im Joomla! Backend auswählt und in der Navigationsleiste rechts oben den Menüpunkt "Parameters" auswählt. In dem sich öffnenden Fenster sollten sich als unterste Parameter jetzt (nach Installation und Aktivierung) die beiden Parameter "Thumbshot URL" und Thumbshot Width" finden.
Zusätzlich sollten sie in jedem Menülink zur Komponente "Weblinks" im Reiter "Parameters Component" (auch hier wieder ganz unten) aufscheinen.

Wenn das bei Dir nicht so ist - gab es bei der Installation oder beim Aktivieren Fehlermeldungen?


Testausrichtung in Weblinks mit Thumbs
7 Thursday, 12 May 2011 17:24


Ich habe Ihre Komponente für die Weblinks installiert. Funktioniert soweit gut. Doch steht bei mir der Kommentartext des links unter dem Bild. Wie kann ich erreichen, dass dieser Rechtsvom Thumbs zustehen kommt?
Schon jetzt vielen Dank für eine Lösung oder Hinweis.

Gruss Niklaus

Friday, 13 May 2011 21:00
A. Berger

Hallo Niklaus!

Das lässt sich ohne weitere Informationen nicht beantworten, da sich das aus dem Zusammenspiel einiger verschiedener Stylesheets ergibt. Wenn Sie einen Link zur Seite posten, dann schaue ich mir das aber gerne an.

Andreas Berger

404- Erreur with WebLinksWT
6 Tuesday, 10 May 2011 21:34

Thank you for your component. The installation will be perfect. I click on enable after installation. Weblinks was enable before the installation of WebLinksWT but after I reloaded the windows where the component is activate, I receive an error 404.

You can see the problem here : http://www.vendeefreechapter.com/index.php?option=com_weblinkswt&Itemid=22

Perhaps I have missing something. I'm french and my english is not perfect.


Wednesday, 11 May 2011 21:20
A. Berger

Hi Did85!

The sole purpose of this component is to modify the output of the core component "Weblinks". Therefore, don't point your menu item to "WeblinksWT", point it to "Weblinks".

Best regards

Too bad!
5 Friday, 06 May 2011 23:21
Chris Richard

Has this been tested with 1.5.9? I installed it and got nothing but a 404 component not found error. Did not work at all. I'd post a link, but I'm in a hurry to find something that works, so I've already taken it out.

@Chris Richard
Monday, 09 May 2011 20:43
A. Berger

Hi Chris Richard!

No, it hasn't been tested with Joomla!1.5.9. When I released the component the update version of Joomla! was 1.5.14, 1.5.9 was outdated for more than a year (and 5 security/bugfixes). At the moment the update of Joomla!1.5 is 1.5.23 which means you missed 13 updates. To secure your site I suggest to update.

Best regards

looks great
4 Wednesday, 04 May 2011 04:31

Hi component works great but I have one problem, it always uses thumbshots.com, no matter what provider I I change in the parameters?? any ideas? thank you

Thank you
Friday, 06 May 2011 04:15

thank you, awesome working now, knew I had seen the setting elsewhere but couldn't find it, thank you

Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:48
A. Berger

Hi Luke!

Please make sure that the menu items you use to link the component have the same settings as the component backend (parameters get saved in menu items individually).
Go to "Menus", open your menu, open the menu item that links the component "Weblinks" and either copy the settings from the backend or just clear the parameters and save the item (the later will cause the default - i.e. backend - settings to get used).
Having done this, clear your Joomla! cache (completely, not only the expired). Check the page again.

Best regards

Joomla 1.6
3 Thursday, 28 April 2011 11:19

Very useful!!! I'm looking very much forward for the Joomla 1.6 version. Hope it comes out soon.

Joomla 1.6
Sunday, 22 May 2011 20:52

Auch Ich würde mich sehr über eine 1.6er Version sehr freuen - gerne mach ich dann auch nen "donate"....

Thursday, 28 April 2011 20:39
A. Berger

Hi Carla!

Yes, me too. :)

Best regards

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