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WP Live Preview Links allows you to see a live scaled preview of the site you are linking to in a pop-up dialog style window prior to clicking on it.

WP Live Preview Links does not use an external service to create these "thumbnails".

In the admin panel you can select which links that will trigger the preview (class="wp-live-preview", internal, external or all links). You can also adjust the preview window size and position.


Hover above the the links below

Latest version


You can download and install WP Live Preview Links using the built in WordPress plugin installer. If you download WP Live Preview Links manually, make sure it is uploaded to "/wp-content/plugins/wp-live-preview-links/".

Activate WP Live Preview Links in the "Plugins" admin panel using the "Activate" link.

Frequently Asked Questions

It doesn't work ?!

  1. WP Live Preview Links needs a modern browsers that support CSS3 3D Transform properties (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE10+)
  2. Certain sites may have set their X-FRAME-OPTIONS header policy to SAMEORGIN or DENY. This is specifically to prevent other sites from iframing their site. If that is the case, this plugin will not work.

Activate the plugin and in plugin settings select Live Preview Links = class="wp-live-preview"

This is how I've done it on this site running TwentyTwelve.

In the (child) theme folder, in functions.php, add the following

add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'ps_live_preview_search_result', 11 );

function ps_live_preview_search_result () {
	wp_enqueue_script( 'ps_live_preview_search_result_script', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/ps_live_preview_search_result.js', array('wp-live-preview-links'), false, true );


Copy ps_live_preview_search_result.js to the (child) theme folder:

(function($) {
	$('.search-results .entry-title a').each(function(index){


Demo: Search my site and hover over the links


  • 1.0.6 Added the option to use a jQuery Selector to tell Live Preview Links which links to use.
  • 1.0.5 Upgraded Admin Page Framework to version 3.0.5. Updated languages/wp-live-preview-links.po
  • 1.0.4 Added mising file
  • 1.0.3 Upgraded Admin Page Framework to version 3
  • 1.0.2 Minor fixes
  • 1.0.1 Fixed a small bug
  • 1.0 Initial release