Website Screenshot Software for Professionals

Change is certainly the constant of the Internet. Whether you own a website or are looking at one right now, its current content and design are about to become obsolete very soon. There is, however, one thing that makes all website changes a part of the history that won’t be erased: screenshots.

Screenshots are the ideal method for documenting website changes for a long time, as well as for sharing problems and ideas with stakeholders who cannot see your screen immediately. Stillio is the most popular website screenshot service.

Who Needs Screenshot Software?

Every Internet user needs a screenshot generator, and this tool has a nearly infinite number of use cases.
The Internet generally accommodates two types of people: information publishers and information recipients. The people who need screenshots are:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Researchers
  • Marketers
  • Finance professionals
  • Lawyers
  • Students
  • Operations professionals
  • Coders
  • QA professionals

Almost everybody needs to capture website screenshots for different purposes and at different stages of their life.

How to Decide Which Kind of Screenshots You Need?

Based on their use cases, screenshots can be:

One-time screenshots

One-time screenshots are helpful when you need to capture data once. Generally, one-time screenshots are convenient when the data is not going to change for a while and you just need a single copy.

The ideal types of one-time screenshot use cases are:

  • Communication
    When you want to share the info on your screen with someone else;
  • Bug reporting
    When you would want to report a problem to support or development teams (as well as to a customer, bounty hunter, or even a QA manager);
  • Documentation
    When you want to include a screenshot in an article, blog, tutorial, or other publication.

Recurring screenshots

Recurring screenshots are helpful when you need to keep track and preserve the content of a page over a longer period. These screenshots are especially relevant for:

  • Content verification
    As an entrepreneur/marketer, you might want to verify the content/design displayed with the conceptualized content;
  • Compliance verification
    To make sure your policy documents are visible on your website, confirming your business meets all regulatory compliances;
  • Trend tracking
    To track how the website is changing over time, or to archive pages that show real-time data like weather forecasts, traffic jams, and other sorts of statistical data;
  • Competitor analysis
    To keep track of competitors’ discounts, offers, content, designs, etc;
  • KPI/Business Intelligence (BI) dashboards
    To keep track of revenue, website uptime, support desk performance, employees timesheets, efforts, etc;
  • Financial market tracking
    To keep track of your business growth in the financial/crypto market;
  • Research
    For storing your research in one place, as well as taking screenshots of research papers.

Above-the-Fold or Full-Page Screenshots?

What kind of screenshot is required for your specific use case?

Above-the-fold screenshot

Above-the-fold screenshots are helpful when you intend to verify only the Hero Section of the website.

Full-page screenshot

A full-page screenshot lets you track information across the entire Web page.

Generally, full-page screenshots are more valuable than above-the-fold screenshots because:

  1. You get the whole page;
  2. You get a screenshot of the SEO information on the website;
  3. You can do a more in-depth analysis of the Web page;
  4. You can analyze if the order of sections has been changed on the website (especially when you are looking at a competitor’s website).

Setting Up Screenshot Software

Now that you've learned about different types of screenshots and how they can be used to take website screenshots, here’s what you should know about additional parameters when creating your own use cases.

  1. Desktop/Mobile/Tablet. Before capturing a page, you can choose a device type by changing the capture span. Most websites are created to be responsive, so they will automatically adjust to a mobile/tablet/desktop layout based on the browser width. If you want to capture both the desktop and the mobile view, you should add the same URL twice: one for the desktop version and another one for the mobile layout.
  2. Location. Does your website have unique content across different regions, or blocks visitors from specific countries or continents? In that case, you’ll need to control the geo-location of the IP addresses used for the screen-capturing process.
  3. Delay. If you want to take a screenshot after a popup is activated, or after a particular animation is played, you should set a delay after which the system should take screenshots. This delay is generally considered from the time a page finishes loading.

The Best Software for Taking Screenshots Automatically

Should Stillio be your most trusted partner for any type of screenshot capturing? Yes, and here’s why:

  1. It’s easy to set up and to use.
    Stillio is the simplest software-as-a-service (SAAS) to set up: you need no codes, no installations, nothing. All you need to do is create an account, add the URL of the webpage, choose the device you need to take the screenshot from, and pick the desired interval: Stillio will do the rest. You can set it up in 2 minutes flat.
  2. Flexible solution for every type of user.
    You can move to Stillio’s expert mode and browse through advanced options such as setting up geo-location, adding a delay, or clicking a cookie policy popup before taking the screenshot.
  3. With Stillio, you get the best-quality screenshots only. Stillio delivers high-resolution screenshots and can be zoomed in to read even the most minuscule pieces of information.
  4. Long-term storage at your disposal at all times. Stillio allows you to store screenshots in our cloud for a very long time (i.e. 36 months). With our software, you can also sync screenshots to your own cloud provider, like Dropbox or Google Drive, through Zapier, Integromat, Pabbly Connect, and Integrately using webhooks.

How to Automate Screenshot Capturing Using Stillio

  1. Create a free trial account;
  2. Click on “Add a Web page.” You can add a single page, a list of pages, or a sitemap URL to have all page links fetched and added to your Stillio account;
  3. Choose capturing frequency or use the default setting (once per day);
  4. Specify whether you want the first screenshot to be taken now or at a specific time and date;
  5. You are ready to go!

Click on the “expert mode” button on the top to add more details such as:

  • changing the capture dimensions,
  • selecting a different country (as capture location displays differently across different destinations),
  • adding a delay or hiding certain page elements before taking a screenshot.

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Please take a moment to read the following paragraphs. They are important as they concern you.

1. Definitions

In the process of getting you acquainted with our Privacy Policy we will use the following definitions. Whenever you read "we," "us," "our," and "Stillio" we are referring to Stillio B.V. (Arnhemseweg 2, 3817 CH Amersfoort, The Netherlands). We provide you with an automated screenshot and web archiving service that, among other purposes, allows you to easily archive important web pages, keep records for regulatory compliance, track competitors, improve SEO ranking insights, verify ads, monitor copyright infringements, track trends and capture your online digital heritage ("the Service" or "our Service"). When we say "User", we are referring to the person or entity that is registered with us to use the Service. When we say "you," we are referring either to a User or to any other person who makes use of our website. "Third parties" are entities that do not make part of the Stillio-User relationship, but are linked to the service provided by us.

We offer the Services on our website to which this Privacy Policy applies (the "Website"). The "Website" includes the Website itself, and any web pages, interactive features, applications, widgets, blogs, social networks, or other online, mobile, or wireless offerings that post a link to this Privacy Policy, whether accessed via computer, mobile device, or other technology, manner or means.

2. What is the GDPR and what does it say?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It's a new European rule that ensures a high level of protection of personal data when any operation is performed on it (processed) by the companies and businesses.

The GDPR requires us to inform you about which data do we collect, how we manage it, handle and process it, and what your rights are in this regard.

2.1 Which personal data do we collect?

We only ask you for the data that we deem necessary in order to provide you with the best service, and in particular:

  1. your full name
  2. email address
  3. (Company) details that need to be included on the invoice

As for the financial details, we collect and store:

  1. credit card issuer
  2. last four digits of the credit card number
  3. credit card country

We do not hold the full credit card number nor any other financial data. Stripe, our payment processor, holds a GDPR-compliant certification.

We rely on your express consent to process all the above mentioned data.

2.2 How do we manage your data?

Once you provide us with your personal data, we include it in a secure database. Then we use it for the following purposes:

  1. Identify the User that is signing up to our service
  2. Users log in service
  3. Add, edit and delete URLs and settings
  4. Store the user's preferences
  5. Contact the User with payment and subscription info
  6. Send invoices
  7. Provide you with transactional notifications such as (un)subscribing, registration confirmations, confirmation of account changes, or emails relating to a User's account or changes in the site terms or policies.

In addition, we would like to make you aware of the fact that upon certain events, such as sign up or the e-mail exchange when you contact us we collect that data as well.

Only the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Technical Officer of Stillio can access your personal data, and they would only do so if it is strictly necessary.

2.3 What are your rights as our User?

The GDPR grants you the following rights.

You have the right to:

  1. ask us whether your personal data is being used or processed by us and which type (e-mail, full name, address, etc.), for which purpose, and if we're disclosing it or we will in the future it and to whom.
  2. have the inaccurate data that concerns you rectified.
  3. "be forgotten": this means that we will erase your personal data, and you can request us to do so if:
  1. we don't need it anymore,
  2. you withdraw your consent,
  3. it has been unlawfully processed,
  4. there is such a legal obligation upon us, which arises from a national or EU norm.
  1. restrict the processing of your personal data if:
  1. you think that the data that we hold or process is inaccurate (only during the time that would take us to verify and fix the issue),
  2. the processing of your personal data is unlawful, and you prefer to restrict the use instead of erasing it,
  3. we no longer need your personal data, but you need us to have it for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
  1. object to the processing your personal data: we will no longer be able to use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected them. You can also object to the use of your personal data for direct marketing purposes.
  2. to not be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing: if a decision that has binding effects and concerns you is made, you have the right of this not to happen.
  3. be informed, in case of personal data breach (security breach in our systems), of what happened and which measures we have implemented to fix or alleviate the problem.
  4. lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. Each Member State of the European Union appoints an institution as the supervisory authority, and you can address them concerning a complaint.

Furthermore, if you make use of the above mentioned rights, we have to provide you with a response within one month.

We would like you to know that your personal data will be automatically erased from our databases after 3 years in case of inactivity of if you cancel your subscription with us.

3. Third parties

In order to provide you with a better service, we work with the following parties, out of which, some collect data for us. All of them hold a GDPR compliant certification:

  1. Google
  2. Bing
  3. Amazon
  4. HelpScout
  5. Helpwise
  6. Stripe
  7. Postmark
  8. Mezmo
  9. Datadog
  10. Albacross
  11. Dropbox
  12. Encharge
  13. Pipedrive
  14. Facebook
  15. Linkedin
  16. Twitter
  17. Quora
  18. Hotjar
  19. Webflow
  20. Vercel
  21. Backblaze
  22. Fastly

We do not disclose your personal data with any third party without your express consent. The above list of Third Parties may be amended from time to time.

4. Further questions?

Do you have any further questions about how your data is handled, or you would like to know more about your rights and how you can exercise them? Contact us via our official web form and we will get back to you shortly.

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