There are times when you would like to get an update notification when a webpage’s content changes. Examples would be your university website where you go back and check for updates everyday only to find there are none. In situations like these it would be handy to receive an hourly or daily notification via Email when the website’s/webpage’s content changes. i.e Addition or Removal of content.
Getting these notifications is a simple task. Takes no more than 30 seconds to configure.
There are several tools available online to track these changes. Many of them give a summarized daily report while a few of them give you hourly reports. It is up to you to choose a report type. If it is an important page then choose the hourly update else the daily report would be sufficient.
This a very old and reliable tool that has been around since 1999. You need to create an account on the site in order to receive an Email update for changes. Also the tool only sends you:
- RSS Feed
So this is suitable for use on sites where there are daily content changes such as Blogs etc.
To create an alert.
Step 1. Create an account on ChangeDetection.
Step 2. Click on the Monitor a Page option.
Step 3. Fill in the website url which you want to track > Next.
Step 4. The default settings will do the job at a fair detection, Hence click on Create.
You can stop monitoring the website by going to All Monitors and unsubscribing from the page.
VisualPing is another cool tool that detects changes on website’s visual. You can use this tool to track the change on a particular area in a website by selecting it in the tool. Also you don’t need to register in order to use the tool, Just go to the website and fill in the details.
You can receive Hourly, Daily or Weekly alerts on change detection. Plus you can configure how much of a change should it detect.
To create an alert.
Step 1. Visit VisualPing website.
Step 2. Then Enter the url of the page you want to track.
Step 3. The page will load the screenshot of the webpage, You need to drag and select an area if you wish to track only that part.
Step 4. After that scroll down and Set the alert interval, Trigger type and fill in the Email address where you want to receive the notification.
Step 5. Click start monitoring.
That is it. Now you will receive an alert for every change on the webpage.
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