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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.

Features:

- 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.

Demo

A sample of the component in action: Links > AdNetworks

Limitations/Preview

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

Requirements

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

Compatibility

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:
    http://images.shrinktheweb.com/xino.php?stwembed=1&stwxmax=320&stwymax=240&stwaccesskeyid=YOURACCESSCODE&stwurl=#URL#
    Replace "YOURACCESSCODE" with the respective Code
    Thanks to Chris Iles for his report!

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

Licence

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

update Version: 1.0.0

Support

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).

Download

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

Downloads:
FileLast Modified
Download this file (com_weblinkswt.1.0.0.zip) com_weblinkswt.1.0.0.zip1970-01-01
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 21:51
 
Comments (22)
Only one thumb
2 Friday, 08 April 2011 10:51
Viky

Andreas,

only now I understand how work your module!
Please pardon me for the time that you are spent for me.

Many, many, thanks for your assistance.
Viky

Only one webthumb
1 Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:30
Viky
I using joomla 1.5.
I installed your product.
I have se same category for all my links.
I set my preferences for the link 1 using thumbnailspro.com for thumbsite generation, and all work ok.
If I insert the second link, in the preferences i found se same parameters that I used for the link 1. If I change the parameters the parameters of the link 1 also change.
In conclution, all the parameters that I insert in the preferences for one link are indentical for all links inserted.
All links have se same thumb and description.
Without a little help I must deinstall the module beacouse it isn't usable in this way.
Many thanks
Viky
@Viky
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 20:54
A. Berger
Hi Viky!

I just visited thumbnailspro.com and as far as I can see, they don't offer a possibility to call thumbshots by link. They rely on JavaScript, inserted into the head of the page.
This means that this provider cannot be used with this component.
Whereas "component" is the next keyword: This is a component, you write about uninstalling the "module". Are you really using this extension?
If so, what do you mean with "link 1" and "link 2"? Are you talking about menu items?
If so, it is possible to use different providers and/or different settings for different menu items but they are meant to contain a string like "http://open.thumbshots.org/image.pxf?url=#URL#", where #URL# is the generic holder that is replaced by the component with the URL of the respective Weblink.

Best regards
Andreas
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