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Really Important Note

This module has been somewhat popular and the services that offer FREE thumbnail screenshots are getting stricter with their terms of use. You should only enable thumbnail refreshes at the time of install.

Also note, this module will NOT generate thumbnails if you select "Public" as the authorized service group. I know it's the default option but you need to select an user group with higher privileges like "Super User".


Installation:

  1. Install this module ZIP using your Joomla! CMS extension manager.
  2. Go to "Content" > "Media Manager" > Create a folder for your thumbnails.
  3. Go to "Extensions" > "Module Manager" > Click on module to publish/customize it.
    1. Specify the images folder as the one you created in step 2.
    2. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to "NO"
    3. Specify a group which can generate thumbnails and use the service.
  4. Login to front-end as a user belonging to the group specified in 3c.
  5. Keep refreshing the page until all thumbnails have been generated.
    1. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to "YES"
    2. Logout

  6. NB: Thumbnails will first appear blue as the service downloads/queues them.

Adding a weblink:

  1. Add your Joomla! weblink as per usual
  2. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to "NO"
  3. Login to the front-end of your website as an authorized service group user (as specified in the module parameter)
  4. View a page that displays this module.
  5. Keep refreshing the module until the correct thumbnail is generated.
  6. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to "YES"
  7. Logout


Refreshing displayed thumbnails:

  1. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to "NO"
  2. Login to your Joomla! website front-end as an authorized service group user (as specified in the module parameter).
  3. View a page that displays this module.
  4. Keep refreshing the module until the correct thumbnail is generated.
  5. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to "YES"
  6. Logout


For frequent additions (What I do on my own site):

  1. Create/refresh a copy of your Joomla website.
  2. Add the weblink on your COPY site.
  3. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to NO on the COPY site.
  4. Keep refreshing the module until all thumbnails are generated.
  5. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to "YES"
  6. Copy the image just generated to your ORIGINAL site (live/production)
  7. Add the weblink on your ORIGINAL site. (you wont need the service as the image already exists...)


Don't have a COPY of your Joomla site? (submitted by Webmaster de EDiSoPortal)

  1. Create a category for your weblinks (eg. "Helpful Links")
  2. Set the "quicklist weblinks" module to view this category. This will be the one everyone sees.
  3. Create a copy of the "quicklist weblinks" module
  4. Set the permissions to view this new module as "Super Users" or "Special".
  5. Set the category of weblinks to "Root" or "Uncategorized".
  6. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to NO on the restricted module.
  7. Keep refreshing the module until all thumbnails are generated.
  8. Switch "STOP Thumbnail Service" to "YES"
  9. Now modify the weblink's category to what you specified in step 1 (eg. "Helpful Links")


No Thumbnail Yet?
If the thumbnail hasn't been generated and you have opted to display thumbnails, then a placeholder indicating a missing image will display. You can create a "no_thumbnail_yet" image (if you have selected thumbnails to be PNG then this has to be a "no_thumbnail_yet.png" file, if you have selected BMP then this has to be a "no_thumbnail_yet.bmp" file). Save it to the images folder which keeps all your other thumbnails for this module.

No Semi-Transparency Effect?
Not obvious but to switch this off, the parameter "Semi-Transparent Effect" has to equal 1. If you put a fraction of 1, eg. 0.5, this will result in the thumbnail having 50% opacity to start with when the page loads; when you hover the mouse cursor over it the thumbnail will regain 100% opacity.

Target Window: Rokbox?
Demo'd on my personal website because I am using a RocketTheme template but this should work if you have RocketTheme's RokBox Extension installed. It simply opens an external link in a "lightbox" which is a pretty cool effect, see the front page of www.joellipman.com and click on one of my "recent weblinks" for a demo.

Semi-Transparency and Rounded Corners not Working?
The "Rounded Corners" effect on the thumbnails and popups are CSS3 driven. These will only really display properly in browsers that support CSS3 (Chrome, Firefox 3.5+, Safari 4+, MS Internet Explorer 9+). Other users should just see a straight angle corner. Semi-Transparency uses a CSS3 Opacity feature (works in pre-mentioned browsers as well as Opera 10+).

Administrators or Super Users to generate thumbnails?
The authorized group to generate new thumbnails USED TO BE Administrators or Super Admins/Users. Due to several requests, the module has been modified to accommodate any Joomla! group (specified in the parameters). It is NOT RECOMMENDED to set this to normal users as this will use up your entitlement to FREE prints extremely quickly. The "STOP Thumbnail Service" parameter was created to be economical to both your server and the free service. Use this wisely and you could get away with generating a million images for FREE!

Error on first install?
If you get something like the following error after upgrading/installing this module:
Warning: in_array() [function.in-array]: Wrong datatype for second argument in /public_html/modules/mod_quicklistweblinks/helper.php on line 214
This is because you have not selected a thumbnail "service group" authorized to generate new thumbnails in the module parameters. Set these and it should go away.

Upgrading?
This module is set to upgrade on install or something like that. I have not got the upgrade server for J16 working yet but soon. Also there's no need to delete a previous version of this module, just download the updated one, and install as per usual.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  1. All images in the folder for the weblinks have to be of the same file type (eg. BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, or TIF). The program I had made to take the screenshots made them all the same type which is probably why I made the module think all thumbnails were equal. The module specifies the size of the image.

  2. The module keeps generating website thumbnail preview images on TWO conditions: 1) you are logged in to the front-end of the Joomla! website as an authorized "service group" user (as specified in the module parameter) 2) the parameter "STOP Thumbnail Generation" is set to "NO". (Important! remember to switch this to YES when you have updated all your thumbnails as each thumbnail is one entitlement of the first 100,000 for free. After that there may be a charge or images may come back watermarked/unavailable).

  3. The module only generates website thumbnail preview images for the weblinks that are currently displaying in the module. If your Joomla! website is still in development or you can afford to go a bit crazy, let the module display all your weblinks and then login to front-end as an administrator to generate ALL the thumbnails. Then customize and reduce the number of listed weblinks to what you want. Or set up a module which only the authorized "service group" has access to (Special?).

Free Website Thumbnail Services
Thumbnail Services will give you a limited number of free thumbnail generations. About 100,000 on average which is more than enough for our Joomla! website (unless you're reinventing the wheel by making a Joomla! Google Directory). Let's say I have about 340 weblinks, refreshing the page over 30 minutes while the thumbnails queue and get refreshed, this caused about 1,000 thumbnail generation requests. Which you'll agree is economical for both the service and your own server.

Services to use:

  • Wimg.ca (unknown number of FREE prints - Tested: Add [http://wimg.ca/])
  • BrowserShots.org (unknown number of FREE prints - OpenSource)
  • ShrinkTheWeb.com (limited to 250,000 FREE prints)
  • WebSnapr.com (limited to 100,000 and requires Signup - NO GO)
  • Thumbalizr.com (limited to 200,000 FREE prints and requires Signup - NO GO)
  • iWebTool.com (free image prints with linkback - not Chrome compatible)
  • Thumboo.com (Signup required - NO GO)
  • WebShotsPro.com (Not FREE but website allows 1 thumbnail free - :c)
  • ThumbShots.org (unknown number of FREE prints - Tested: Add [http://open.thumbshots.org/image.pxf?url=])
  • FreeWebsiteThumbnails.com (says "FREE" - Tested: Add [http://img.freewebsitethumbnails.com/?u=])

So what to do with all of these? Well sometimes a service can be busy, maybe you're near your limit for FREE thumbnails. No problem! This module only makes a request when you enable it to refresh all thumbnails (and login as admin). If you have a million links then hopefully, you can switch to each service as it becomes available and do them all for FREE!

Comments   

0 Margaret R Tuesday, 26th January 2016, 10:39 pm
I saw a link to revolver maps when cluster maps stopped working .I was able to get the revolver map to work. But there is one problem. When I go to cluster maps and then use the back button to return to ccar.wikispaces .com, the video on the page jumps to the right bar menu replacing the spinning globe. Also when I look at the details, the globe often disappears. Is there something wrong in the set up or is this a problem with wikispaces?

Margaret
0 Andy Thursday, 23rd April 2015, 3:21 pm
I changed the sourcecode in the helper.php file at line 249

from

$ch = curl_init($jqw_thumbservice.rawurlencode($rows[$i]['url']));

to

$ch = curl_init($jqw_thumbservice.rawurldecode($rows[$i]['url']));

It works now!

Andy www.electrodrome.net
0 Andy Thursday, 23rd April 2015, 11:52 am
Joomla 3.4.1

purity iii template
0 Andy Thursday, 23rd April 2015, 11:24 am
Hi, I got on all my weblinks a black thumbnail with this error back:

http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten.de is not a valid request

What is wrong?
0 Andy Thursday, 23rd April 2015, 11:14 am
Hi, I got on all my weblinks a black thumbnail with this error back:

http%3A%2F%2Fwww.deutsche-wirtschafts-nachrichten is not a valid request

What is wrong?
0 ketty g Wednesday, 15th April 2015, 8:10 am
I installed Joes Quicklist Weblinks version 3.1.1 for my Joomla 3x. I use thumbalizr.com with customer/API key. I can create thumbmails in my images/quicklis tweblinks folder (10.jpg, 11.jpg...15.jpg ). The problems are, first, the size of such thumbnails 291 kb until 383 kb and the dimension of each file is 1280x1024. Second, in my weblink page(front-end) , I don't have correct thumbnails in each website link. The thumbnails just a rounded square, each with color of grey, blue, yellow. etc. Hope you could help.
0 Dustyn S Monday, 26th January 2015, 6:51 pm
Can you select weblinks by tag?
0 Franky Sunday, 4th January 2015, 3:16 pm
Hi
I got everything working and customized the code to suit my needs.
So forget about my ancient post :)
Nice module!
Frank
0 Franky Sunday, 4th January 2015, 12:46 pm
Hi
I'm using v2.4 (for J2.5): how and where do I set the image (sub)folder?
JQW gives me 3 options ("Specify image folder"): [none seleced|use default|waterma rks] (In the documentation, the image folder is free selectable?!)

I created "watermarks" as subfolder of /images/ and /images/userpix / (my media-manager-r oot), but thumbnail creation does not work yet.
Thanks!

Frank
0 Knut E Monday, 27th October 2014, 11:44 am
Hi.
I was able to download today with my laptop in a different location. Both computers using Ubuntu 14.04 and Firefox ver 33.
Procedure was the same. After logging in, press main download-button to get spesific download-button . Pressing downlod-button for latest version. My home computer fails to download, mylaptop in different location/nettwo rk got the download right away.
Cheers...
0 Joel L Sunday, 26th October 2014, 9:08 am
Hmm... thanks Webcrawler!

I can't replicate the error as all the links work for both my superuser, test and guest accounts. Can I ask what browser you are using and that may help me find out why some people cannot download this extension?

Also do you get the download buttons for the specific versions displayed or is it just a blank part when you click on the main download button (the one under the description of the app)?

Cheers!
0 Knut E Sunday, 26th October 2014, 7:44 am
Can't download new version. I get the same error message as Kat a few post's up....
CTRL+F5 does not make any change.
0 Joel L Saturday, 25th October 2014, 8:55 am
Hi Traveller,

Apologies for the incredible delay as I have been focusing on another app in development. I will have another look at the text description feature for this module but I have it working on both demo sites (Joomla 2.5.x and Joomla 3.3.x). In the meantime, backup your images and try switching the thumbnail service on again temporarily to see if this changes the description.
0 Joel L Saturday, 25th October 2014, 8:52 am
Hi Kat,

Please try refreshing the page. My downloads page calculates whether you are a human and times out or changes its link every few minutes. This was to stop some Russian IP from bringing down my site (again).
0 Joel L Saturday, 25th October 2014, 8:51 am
Salut Tom Pouce!

Please try refreshing the page. My downloads page calculates whether you are a human and times out or changes its link every few minutes. This was to stop some Russian IP from bringing down my site (again).
0 Joel L Saturday, 25th October 2014, 8:49 am
Hi Knut,

Please download the latest version of my module (3.x has not had any problems on a Joomla 2.5.x site). The updates link you have I think is an old one. Thanks!
-1 Knut E Friday, 10th October 2014, 3:30 pm
Is there an alternative url for updates, as this one does not work:
updates.joellipman.com/.../

Great module by the way :lol:
0 Joel L Wednesday, 8th October 2014, 1:05 pm
Thanks jazzmang!

This module is due for an update so I'll review this issue in the next version.
0 JMG Tuesday, 7th October 2014, 4:03 pm
I've set "Display Images" under Module Settings but the modules continues to display a hard coded CSS that cause a problem because it has padding.

Now I can create an override and remove this div (near line 41 for the "draw the inline image cell - uses div for rounded corners with borders").

But I think it would be more inline with "Display Images" = No to not display this dive.
+1 sylvain Monday, 1st September 2014, 9:53 am
Hi from France
Download's link for the J3.1.1 version of JQW is broken ...
have a nice day, Thanks
S.

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