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Bulk Screenshot any Website or Webpage

Posted on: January 16th, 2015 by Patrick Hathaway in Guides

URL Profiler has a cheeky little function called ‘Screen Capture’ buried among the URL Level options.

Of course, everyone these days has a browser plugin that will do screen captures for them, but with URL Profiler you can do them in bulk – hundreds or thousands at a time.

But…Why on Earth Would I Want Screenshots In Bulk?

Good question, well put. Here are but a few of the potential usage scenarios for bulk screenshots:

  • Audit your website or sections of your website to make sure the content is displaying correctly
  • Benchmark competitor sites for analysis
  • Quick visual check on prospect websites for potential outreach
  • Checking how (responsive) pages display on different screen resolutions
  • Keep an ongoing record of on-site changes for retrospective analysis (a la Wayback Machine)

Hell, I’ve even used them as part of a reconsideration request as evidence to Google that the contact forms were broken on sites I wanted to get links removed from (It works as well by the way – a massive body of evidence makes it look like you’ve done a shit-ton of work).

Every Screenshot Under The Sun

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Load in your list of links in the white box on the right
  2. Click the ‘Screen Capture’ tickbox under ‘URL Level Data’
  3. Screen CaptureSelect the size options you are interested in, then get profiling

Screen Capture Settings

You’ll get back a folder full of images of each web page in your list, to whichever size you requested. You may even be able to do most of your analysis in preview mode.

Screen Captures

Making You Look Particularly Hardworking

If you are using this function to carry out client work, it can certainly help make you look a little more…conscientious then you perhaps deserve (“We’ve gone through your top 20 competitors and taken snapshots of all their key pages so we can monitor any changes”).

Taking screen capture onto the next logical step, it is very unlikely (for most tasks, at least) that you will only require the screenshots. However this functionality can be conveniently rolled into processes for prospecting sites for link placement, for building out a content inventory or for profiling your competitors.

Patrick Hathaway

By Patrick Hathaway

I seem to be the one that writes all the blog posts, so I am going to unofficially name myself ‘Editor’. In fact, I think I prefer Editor-in-chief. You can follow me on Twitter or ‘encircle me’ on .

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Comments

  • Peter Larsen

    Seems it’s not creating screenshots for https urls. I just added a batch of urls and only http were created. 🙁

    • HathawayP

      Hi Peter, thanks for letting us know – good spot! We’ve fixed this in our latest update, see here – http://urlprofiler.com/blog/mobile-friendly-update/ (down at the bottom).

      You’ll need to download the software again to see the changes.

  • Hi, is it possible to delay the screenshot of the webpage for (for example) 1 minute?

    • HathawayP

      Not at the moment, I am afraid. It is in our plans to add something like this in future though.

      • This would be excellent. Also, a way to deal the animations that come in as a user scrolls down the page would be cool – though I know it’d be difficult to implement.

  • Jamie

    All of the font displays are messed up in my bulk screenshots. Any suggestions?

    • HathawayP

      Hi Jamie – what do you mean by messed up? Any examples?

  • José Vidal

    Is possible to download these screenshots on the Hard Drive? Thx!

  • Richard McLachlan

    lots of grey results. Doesnt seem to like flash

  • AIDBS

    Good Application but have to make more improvment..

  • Tick

    Places nothing in the folder, despite giving the filepath in the spreadsheet.

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