Web Page Screenshots boost visitor Confidence!

Website Thumbnails (also known as PagePix, thumbshots, snapshots, or previews) are web screenshots that can help you quickly and easily recognize web pages. Web page previews display the exactly what you would see before you click on a link.

Millions of people trust and rely on thumbshots to help them navigate online and stay in control of their surfing.

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Improve Search Accuracy

shoes.com fossil.com

Ex: Search for "shoes" may show shoes.com and fossil.com

Humans are visual by nature and since most websites have a unique look-and-feel, it only makes sense to show visual cues (or previews) of websites next to search results.


Recall Previously Visited Sites

yahoo.com msn.com

Ex: Which site was that again??

Recognize previously visited sites quickly just by glancing at a thumbshot. Never click on every search result again, just to find a site you've forgotten! Previews save time and effort!

Filter Offensive Sites

Adult Site Example - censor manually applied Adult Site Example - censors manually applied

Adult sites can usually be spotted very quickly -even in a small preview size. Website thumbnails help steer you clear.


Filter Foreign Sites

Local10 News Example of a Foreign site

Visualize foreign sites and text. In the case of large thumbnails, you can even read the text most of the time!

Discover Ambiguous Sites

SI.com's Detroit Pistons page aamco.com auto parts

Ex: Which site should a search for "pistons" give you?

With website thumbnails , you can easily distinguish between an auto parts site and the Detroit Pistons NBA site.


Find Inspiration and Beautiful Designs

A cool snapshot

Ex: ShrunkTheWeb Website Thumbnail Gallery

Discover incredible designs you never would've known about just by glancing through galleries of thumbnails.

Keep a History for Archival Purposes

Wikipedia in English Wikipedia in German

Take snapshots of web pages and store the changed versions for point-in-time referencing and change control tracking.


Filter Parked or Broken Sites

Example of a parked domain Shown when a site is down during the attempted screen capture

Helps to point out domains that are "parked" or that may be offline. In these cases, a special thumbshot is shown.


Website Screenshot Industry Related Whitepapers

Download White Paper Title Author Release Date
Download White paper PDF on Interface Design Using Screenshots User Interface Design Using Screenshots
Research paper on advances in automated screenshot technology and use
Julia Crenshaw-Smith
Download White paper PDF on Usefulness of Website Screenshots Analysis of Usefulness of Website Screenshots
Research on the Usefulness of Website Screenshots in Various Applications
Mike Vaughn
Download PDF Article on Benefits of Web Page Screenshots Benefits of Web Page Screenshots as Design Elements
Real-world benefits to using web page screenshots in forward-thinking design
Freelance Writer
Download PDF Article on Benefits of Web Page Screenshots Exploring tiny images: the roles of appearance and contextual information for machine and human object recognition.
The importance of images within context to extrapolate desired information
Virginia Tech 2011
Download PDF Article on Benefits of Web Page Screenshots A Taxonomy of Relationships Between Images and Text
Establishes a taxonomy of image-text relationships that reflects the ways that images and text interact
University of Maryland 2003
Download White paper PDF on Searching The Web Using Screenshots Searching The Web Using Screenshots
Empirical evaluation of the utility of thumbnail previews in web search results
Microsoft 2002

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Wave of the Future

Here is an example use case, where we use screenshots to clearly show comparisons of search result rankings.

High quality website thumbnails have begun to revolutionize the web, by giving an easier way to recognize and navigate the web. In 2011, Google released a preview for their search results. They call it Google Instant Preview. There was resistance, as with any BIG change, but Google steadfastly stood behind the previews as "the wave of the future." (and, of course, we agree).

UPDATE: Google never did integrate screenshots the way users wanted to see them and so Google received poor response. They must have a good reason to not show the preview beside the listing, automatically, but they chose to remove them altogether. This opens the door for another search engine to differentiate itself with the more visually appealing look of web page previews!

See other fantastic uses of our website thumbnails on our website thumbnails sample uses page.


Did you know?

  • Millions of people have begun to frequent sites more often that use website thumbnails or thumbshots
  • Our surveys tell us that 95+% of users would like to see thumbshots in their favorite search engine.
  • Many companies employing website previews next to their affiliate links are seeing increased profits


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