Web Shrinker – Website Link Preview Thumbnails


This plugin will allow you to automatically show previews of external websites when a user hovers over a link in your posts.
It’s designed to work “out-of-the-box” and no changes should be needed on your part to make it work.
However, if you are familiar with CSS, you can apply “link previews” to links in other places in WordPress site by specifying any CSS selector that you want.

A free or paid Web Shrinker account is required as you will need a service API key.


  • A sample link preview that appeared after moving the mouse over a link in a WordPress post.


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This plugin utilizes the services of webshrinker.com for URL previews. The free services is limited to 100 screenshots per month but doesn't count same page previews twice. Okay for smaller blogs with only few links. The first screenshot request is slowish.

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  • Initial version supporting link previews for posts.


  • Better support for blogs with HTTPS URLs when linking to the Web Shrinker JS file.


  • Updated to use Web Shrinker Thumbnail API v2.

Contributors & Developers

This is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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