Visual Link Preview


Easily create a Facebook-like link preview for any link on your website. You can choose the image and text to display and create your very own custom template. The default template can be styled from the settings to match your website.

Some examples of what you could use this for:

  • A call to action for your affiliate links
  • Promote WooCommerce products on your website
  • List sources for your article
  • A weekly posty of interesting websites you’ve found
  • Link to related posts on your own website

It does not require any database lookups, which means even having many of these blocks on a page should not affect performance.

Compatible with both the Classic and Gutenberg Block Editor using shortcodes and blocks.

Need help?
Check out our documentation!

This plugin is in active development. Feel free to contact us with any feature requests or ideas.


  • Add a visual link with live preview to any post or page
  • Example of what the default template looks like in a post
  • Use our settings to easily style the link to match your website
  • Link to your own posts or to any external URL


This plugin provides 1 block.

  • Visual Link Preview


  1. Upload the visual-link-preview directory (directory included) to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Check out our getting started documentation


Where can I find the documentation?

All documentation can be found in our knowledge base.

Do you offer any support?

Yes! We pride ourselves on offering awesome support and almost always answer support questions within 24 hours. Send us an email at whenever you have a question or suggestion!


October 7, 2021
I used this link preview plugin on While the core functionality works straight out of the box, the power of the plugin is in the template editor. This allowed me to match the link preview styles – for everything from border color to font size – with the site's design. Usually, these are the kinds of design customization options relegated to the "pro" version of a plugin. Many thanks to you, plugin developer, for offering it here for free via the WP repository!
September 13, 2021
Brecht has done a fantastic job with this plugin, as you can plainly see with all the wonderful reviews. The only people that don't like it seem to be people that don't understand that 3rd party page builders (Beaver Builder, Elementor, etc.) may not be compatible with this. That doesn't mean the plugin deserves a lower rating. It's designed for back end usage, primarily. It does work with Divi, though! Maybe because I have "Enable Classic Editor" enabled. As soon as I put in a link when editing the Text Module, the preview shows. Nice. However, to get this to work within your bbPress forums, see: Just be mindful that a popular forum might exceed the free limit from Microlink, so you might need to create an account there. Also some code examples mentioned in earlier posts in that thread. BuddyPress has its own URL preview functionality, but even if you are using both, this plugin will make previews work on the bbPress side within the forums as long as you follow along with the above thread. I have spent a month trying to figure this out. Thanks for the hard work, Brecht!
March 23, 2021
Very nice and simple plugin that can be extremely useful. Still lacks some basic options though, like the ability to save different custom templates in order to have different layouts at same page/website. I might be wrong but didn't find this option...
February 26, 2021
Awesome plug in. Does exactly what it says, profoundly well for my purposes. A+. Thank you to the developers
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  • Fix: Prevent users without the right capabities from being able to use our AJAX actions


  • Fix: Block not rendering in WordPress 5.8
  • Fix: Template issues when using different templates on the same page


  • Fix: Breaking class call when using custom styling
  • Fix: Prevent PHP notices because of non-static functions


  • Feature: New “Compact” link template
  • Feature: New “Spotlight” link template
  • Feature: Template Editor for link templates
  • Feature: URL block in the Template Editor to show domain or full url
  • Feature: Optionally set your own Microlink API key
  • Improvement: Remove jQuery dependency
  • Improvement: Better compatibility with TwentyTwenty theme
  • Fix: Sanitization for summary field
  • Fix: Stuck in loading if fetching of external link data not working


  • Fix: Prevent PHP notices for incomplete shortcodes


  • Feature: Set nofollow and open in new tab for VLP Block
  • Feature: Set custom link class for VLP Block
  • Feature: Ability to use shortcode directly for advanced purposes
  • Improvement: Keep image size consistent
  • Improvement: Layout on mobile
  • Fix: Browser freezing when trying to load information from some URLs


  • Improvement: Convert paragraph and shortcode block
  • Fix: Image not removing correctly in Classic Editor


  • Fix: Some blocks not showing preview in Gutenberg
  • Fix: Default image size in template causing PHP notices


  • Feature: Easily change template style from settings
  • Feature: Automatic content in Gutenberg block
  • Feature: Automatic summary for internal links
  • Improvement: Better Gutenberg block with preview


  • Fix: Bug introduced in 1.3.2 when creating in Gutenberg


  • Fix: Summary not getting saved correctly upon edit
  • Fix: HTML code showing in summary


  • Improvement: Convert shortcode to Gutenberg block
  • Fix: WordPress 5.0 compatibility


  • Feature: Fetch information from external link using Open Graph


  • Improvement: Gutenberg 3.3 compatibility


  • Improvement: Gutenberg 2.6.0 compatibility for the VLP block


  • Feature: New block for Gutenberg compatibility
  • Feature: Use nofollow and open in new tab for external links
  • Improvement: Better handling of encoding


  • Fix: Prevent overwriting first link in post when editing a newly added link


  • Fix: Problem with encoding unicode characters


  • Feature: Template system


  • Very first version of this link preview plugin