Written by Claus Heinrich at. 06:12:07, 15:17
Until now I have relied on 3. party to deliver my screenshots of the websites I have in my directories.
I started out using Thumbshots.org, but they only had screenshots of Dmoz registered pages, so I changed it to Alexa that offered a free service until last year.
I noticed a lot of other used girafa.com and I went on that wagon to, but suddenly the screenshots didn't work anymore. (read: last week)
Soo, now I have decided not to rely on any 3. party to deliver my screenshots / thumbnails anymore. Simple too much work and not stable enough for me and my needs.
I have started out on my regional directory Danske Links and added a local hosted screenshot to every listing in 300*300px and 100*100px (That's 5000 screenshots)
I have automated the process as much as I can, and I'm pretty pleased with the results. The thumbnails/screenshots will give the users a better idea what site they are about to go to, before they actually get there.
Next up is my other directories, starting with Global Weblinks and then I will incorporate on all the others as I get the time to make the appropriate code changes.