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PHP Website Screenshot Script

Discussion in 'PHP' started by mudanoman, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. #1
    Hi,
    SEMrush
    I was curious if there is anyway to create website screenshots on the fly via a php script.

    Thanks,

    Ivan
     
    mudanoman, Jun 28, 2006 IP
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  2. webbist

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    I don't even think there is a foreign PHP extension for this. I tried doing some research as I wanted to do something similar, but as far as to my knowledge, you can't do this in PHP.. I'm sure it's possible in a language, just not PHP.
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    I think you could do this with CSS, not really sure how tho.....Sorry that doesnt really help does it.
     
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    I serached very hard for this. but I found that is impossible when I don't access to server root.
     
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    #6
    screenshot of your website or other sites. You might want to investigate doing this on the client not on the server, since you have to render the html into pixels, maybe firefox extension
     
    Allan, Jul 8, 2006 IP
  7. sarahk

    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Allan, there are stacks of tools to do that from the client. I need to do it for my directory so I want it to be serverside - ie run monthly to get a fresh shot. I suspect mudanoman (with the very cool avatar) has the same requirement.
     
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    #8
    hi there!

    i'm searching for that kind a stuff too.
    found some interessting projects, that may help u:
    (only available in german:)

    http://www.thumbshots.de
    after using the update-service, it worked very well for me.

    all the best from austria!
     
    derherrno, Jul 18, 2006 IP
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    #9
    I've actually written scripts in the past to do this, for testing how the same page loads in a dozen browsers/versions without having to load them all seperately, it isn't exactly easy though. I'll give you some links that'll get you started. Personally i used the Xorg/X11 framebuffer server (Xvfb) and started up FireFox/Opera to use it as the display and load the requested page. Then i dumped the screen to a file and converted to PNG/JPEG.

    http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/413 - there's a debian guide
    http://brad.livejournal.com/2015327.html - a livejournal thread on it
     
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    I've just found a website where this has been done. I have no idea how they managed it though ¬¬

    I just tried using those Alexa thumbnails but they seem to be wanting money for hosting them...
     
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    #12
    I've recently developed a site thumbnailspro, you can request thumbnails from any site and i think applications too using img src="http://thumbnailspro.com/thumb/http://yoururl.com&S=250"
    &S=Size you can adjust size from 10pixels to 1000pixels as far as we've tested, don't know why a site would request a thumbnail larger than 1000 pixels???
    It's only been up for a few months but doing really well and highly stable so far... feel free to try it out, its FREE while in BETA testing, thats
    thumbnailspro
     
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    This thumbnail script is awesome! Just what I was looking for. Thanks a lot!
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    thumbnailspro certainly looks good but until they release their non-beta pricing serious users won't touch them. After all by the time you've integrated them into your site you aren't going to want to rip it out again if you find the pricing is out of kilter.
     
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    sarahk iTamer Staff

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    Andy - any restrictions or TOS?
     
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    Not that i know of. Even this forum uses it.
     
    Andy Peters, Jul 24, 2007 IP
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    http://thumbnailspro.com/pricing.php
     
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    http://msnsearch.srv.girafa.com/srv/i?i=%204ac8babd1cf73ace&s=MSNSEARCH&cy=en-us&r=http://www.YOURWEBSITE.com
    Code (markup):
    :) Works perfect.
     
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    Ah nice, the msn way works perfectly.
     
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