One of the Firefox extensions that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with is Update Scanner. It is capable of scouring any website for changes, and can display a notification within the browser when it finds that the content is different. That’s handy for websites that don’t have RSS feeds, or maybe you’re waiting for an online store to get something in stock. Either way, being able to scan a website for changes can come in handy.
If you don’t use Firefox, or don’t want to install the extension there is always the freeware WebMon application that should do the trick. As you can see in the screenshot above you can monitor an unlimited number of websites for changes, and you can customize how often it checks for changes. When it finds that something is different it will, by default, display a notification similar to this one:
Alternatively you can have it execute a program, open a website, or play a sound when it finds an update.
When setting up a website for the first time you might want to make note of the Specify content to check button in the bottom-left corner. By using that feature you can narrow down the area on the website that you want to be monitored, which I’ve done in this example:
If you plan to use this feature it’s best if you understand a little bit of HTML, otherwise it might look like a lot of gibberish to you. For those of you that already know at least the basics of HTML this feature will be rather useful.
The program uses just 7MB of memory on my computer, which isn’t bad at all. If you’re in the market for a website monitoring program this should be just what the doctor ordered.
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