This page is designed to compare some of the various website thumbnail providers (free or paid). Website previews are a great way to enhance the interactive feel and aestetics of your own website. Having a website thumbnail makes user's feel more comfortable and improves site "stickiness." Our website screenshots are called "PagePix."

There are two charts below. The first details our general services and the second, our PRO features.

Features / Benefits Comparison - STW FREE PAGEPIX SERVICES STW
Thumbshots
Websnapr
URL2PNG
Basic Feature-set comparison

Real-Time responses for thumbnails already pre-fetched
yes
yes
yes
yes
Support several, free, popular default sizes (view examples) of website previews yes
yes
no
no
No advertisements or watermarks on thumbnails yes
yes
no
yes
Supports screenshot capture of the first page of PDF files yes
no
no
no
Fully Supports Flash Embed and HTML! (i.e. <img src=""></img>) yes
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no
Captures Flash-based web page content (so page looks exactly as user would see it) yes
no
yes
no
Captures any domain (i.e. no DMOZ restrictions or pre-approval) yes
no
yes
yes
Freemium Model (offers a 100% free option)†† yes
no
yes
no
High Quality, clear images at all sizes (95% default quality) yes
no
no
no
Use your own domain name (easy CNAME setup to use images.yourdomain.com) yes
no
no
no
Unique Feature-set comparison
Supports subdomain thumbnails! (i.e. funplace.yoursite.com) yes
no
yes
yes
Accessible via an open API (website thumbnail code supplied) yes
no
$$
yes
Supports HTTPS image delivery (for secure/logged in pages) yes
no
no
yes
Allows permanent caching of requested thumbnails! yes
no
no
yes
Custom "Site Queued" and "Problem Detected" thumbnail allowed (API) yes
$$
$$
N/A
Captures thumbnails at an industry high resolution of 1024x768 yes
no
no
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Reliability comparison
Can easily handle billions of site thumbnail requests per month yes
yes
yes
no
Friendly, quick, and knowledgeable support (most important!) yes
no
no
yes
Very Reliable (View PagePix Service Stats) yes
no
yes
yes
Terms of Use comparison
"Credit / Attribution Link" requested but optional yes
no
no
yes
Flexible Terms of Service: Allowed on commercial pages, etc yes
yes
yes
yes
Initial "free service" usage up to 1Gb†† requests per month
FREE
$$
$$ no
Monthly "New Request" limits (reverse calculated from daily limits in some cases)
5,000
3,000
3,000
no
Price per month
FREE
Trial*
Ads
$$

*Trial means that they provide a limited number (daily/monthly) of a single deafult (small) size of thumbnails for free

Most services require a link back to their site from pages on your site in order to use their service
Most users (75%) will never need more than 1Gb per month. Our free limits are 10 times higher than competitors who offer free plans

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STW PRO Feature Documentation (See How Simple To Use!)

Features / Benefits Comparison - STW PRO PAGEPIX SERVICES STW
Thumbshots
Websnapr
URL2PNG
Unique Feature-set comparison
[PRO] Capture Inside Page thumbnails
$9.95/mo
no
yes
no
[PRO] Supports Custom-Sized thumbnail requests
$9.95/mo
no
no
no
[PRO] Supports Full-Length web page thumbnails (custom-sized!) $9.95/mo
no
no
yes
[PRO] Allows Refresh On-demand (queue instantly) (captured asap)
$9.95/mo
no
no
yes
[PRO] Custom Flash Delay option - for timed captures
$9.95/mo
no
no
no
[PRO] Custom "System Messages" thumbnails using simple method
$9.95/mo
no
no
no
[PRO] Custom Browser Resolution
$9.95/mo
no
no
no
[PRO] 'Widescreen' Screenshots (Custom Native + Custom Sized)
$19.90/mo
no
no
no
100% Money Back Guarantee! (We are THAT confident you'll love us!)
yes
no
yes
no
Price per month   $34.95/mo* N/A N/A N/A
Corporate and Power Users Pricing comparison (as of 08.08.2008)
Additional 1Gb bandwidth per month (approx 50,000 impressions) $4.95
~$12
$9+
$$**
Dedicated, pre-cached, custom-size thumbnails (instantly available) CALL
no
no
$$
CUSTOM Integration services available $125/hour
no
no
$$
100% Private Labeled Website Thumbnail Solution / "High Volume Fee" CALL
no
no
no
 
 
 
 
 

*LIMITED TIME OFFER: Get ALL PRO features at a significantly discounted rate of only $34.95 per month on unlimited domains!!

**URL2PNG has an unpredictable pricing model. We calculated that their prices are nearly 10x higher. If caching locally, some cases may be cheaper than STW.

 

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SaaS Vendors (ShrinkTheWeb Alternatives)

Screenshots as a Service Provider
Potential Pitfalls
Thumbshots Flawed Pricing Model
-- Life Support --
Notes: Still #2 in the market. Lots of reports of service problems and failed captures from customers who have switched.
Websnapr Flawed Pricing Model
-- Life Support --
Notes: Still #3 in the market. Lots of reports that support requests go weeks or months unanswered.
URL2PNG Flawed Pricing Model/Scalability
-- Making a Push --
PagePeeker Insufficient Funding/Scalability
-- Making a Push --

Website Screenshot Provider Graveyard

There are a lot of fly-by-night thumbnail providers that pop up and then disappear just as quickly. This comparison charts tracks some of the providers that are losing ground and that have been around for more than a couple of weeks. A quick list of those would include: thumbshots.org (thumbshots), Alexa thumbnails (now deprecated), MSN girafa, websnapr, webshotspro, webshots, thumbnailspro, thumbalizr, thmbnl, snapcasa, snapshots, mywebshot, pageglimpse, and many more smaller ones.

The thing to keep in mind is reliability, support, and unique features. ShrinkTheWeb excels in all facets.

 

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