5 Free Tools To Notify You of Website Content Changes
Have you ever came across something exclusive and limited you wanted to buy online but missed the opportunity by minutes because you were away? Maybe you’re someone who has a need to be updated with the latest gaming news, but you other responsibilities are stopping you from camping on the page. We have just the tool to help you with that. In fact, we have 5.
Here are 5 free tools you can use to track and monitor changes on websites. Monitor your favorite pages without having to access them frequently. We have three web-based tools and two browser extensions. Plus, some of these tools also allow for email notifications so you won’t miss out on any changes.
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Versionista requires an account to begin monitoring web pages. Once you add a page you want to monitor, it’ll scan the pages within the site. You can disable that if you only want to focus on a single page or on the the home page by unchecking "Look for more URLs".
Pages you monitor are checked automatically, once a day, otherwise you can access Versionista to manually check. If changes are found, you can compare it with an earlier version, up to 4 versions are saved before it starts overwriting.
In the settings, you can filter out numeric changes (for visit numbers), days of the week and HTML codes. This ensures that the changes you see are part of the content only. A free account allows you to monitor 5 sites. You can monitor more sites for a monthly fee ranging from $59 (200 sites) to $379 (2000 sites).
VisualPing is easy to use and requires no registration. All you have to do is go to the site, type in the website you want to track and provide an email they can send notifications to. These notifications can be set to come in hourly, daily, weekly or monthly.
There’s also a trigger option to get notifications for tiny, medium or major changes. Based on your settings, VisualPing will send you two images – a before and an after – to show how the site you are tracking has changed.
One drawback to VisualPing is it cannot differentiate between content or ad changes. Thus, if you are using the Tiny Change option, you might get a notification even when there isn’t change in the content. No worries, if you don’t want to track the site any longer, there’s an unsubscribe button on the notification email to take care of that.
Register to start using Follow That Page, then click on Your Pages to add a new page to monitor. The settings for this service is quite simple. You can set the frequency of checks from up to 20 pages daily or every hourly for only 1 page. Check more than one site hourly with a pro account, for €20/year.
The settings also allow you to receive site errors notifications like when it encounters a "Page Not Found" during a check.
Notifications only include text changes and will show what was added, removed and/or changed. One drawback is that it will show very minor changes like the "written 2 hours ago" line on a blog post. Otherwise it’s a simple and useful page monitor.
Page Monitor is a Chrome extension that will monitor pages you want, and notify you of any changes to site. The Page Monitor button at the end of your Chrome address bar will have a number on it to signify that there’s a new notification.
In the options, you can also set the intervals from as short as every 5 seconds to once every 2 days. There is also the option to enable desktop notifications with a sound alert that will remain on your desktop until you remove it.
A cool option in Page Monitor is that you can select specific elements on webpages to monitor. So instead of monitoring the whole site, it can monitor just a specific HTML div wrapper of your choice. Because it’s a Chrome extension, there isn’t an email notification option, but everytime you log on to your browser, you will know when a change has been registered.
For Firefox users, there’s a similar add-on called AlertBox. After installing AlertBox, go to the site you want to monitor and click on the AlertBox button at the end of your Firefox address bar. With AlertBox you can choose specific areas to monitor, by selecting it with your mouse. It highlights boxes of content by selecting the HTML div.
Any changes will be reflected by a notification on Firefox, together with a sound. Check intervals can be set between every 2 minutes or every few hours. One advantage of AlertBox is that you can enable email notifications if you register for an account on PulsVu.
Author: Brian Voo
Brian is a Mass Communication graduate with a passion for everything related to technology, minimalistic designs, and every kind of gadgetry.