Is there a reliable program that monitors changes of web pages?

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Is there a reliable program that monitors changes of web pages?

#1 Post by uwotm8 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:24 am

Is there a reliable program that monitors changes of web pages and notifies one if there are changes?

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#2 Post by aakanksha5 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:23 pm

Versionista, Fluxguard monitors changes in the Web Pages efficiently.

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#3 Post by Toxteth O'Grady » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:15 pm

Perhaps UrlyWarning, if you can still find it somewhere (old program).


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#5 Post by webfork » Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:53 pm

lintalist wrote:
Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:23 am
WebChangeMonitor? Review https://www.ghacks.net/2019/06/30/webch ... s-for-you/
It looks really sharp and just put out an update:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/webchangemon/
https://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/ ... itor.shtml

We already have an excellent freeware monitoring effort from billon, but the included import/export function might make it a good way to collaborate on monitoring freeware updates in the future.

Status: Untested

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#6 Post by freakazoid » Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:37 pm

I had to conjure up something for a site that doesn't provide a RSS feed.

I ended up using Pipes, which is sort of a Yahoo Pipes clone. You can create RSS feeds from any webpage, but it helps if you have a little knowledge of HTML to fully customize your feed and understand how to use it.

Their documentation has a video walkthrough of how it works:
https://www.pipes.digital/docs#how
is it stealth? ;)

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#7 Post by igec » Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:09 am

If the site you want to watch has a sitemap.xml file, parsing sitemap.xml will be easier

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#8 Post by Andrew Lee » Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:24 pm

Chrome has a plugin which does that called Distill Web Monitor.

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#9 Post by lintalist » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:58 am

Update Scanner for Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... e-scanner/ (free, no limits on number of website monitored)

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#10 Post by webfork » Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:55 pm

lintalist wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:58 am
Update Scanner for Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... e-scanner/ (free, no limits on number of website monitored)
Definitely like how it highlights changes automatically and will ignore minor changes. This is definitely going to come in handy.

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#11 Post by webfork » Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:57 pm

Andrew Lee wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 8:24 pm
Chrome has a plugin which does that called Distill Web Monitor.
I looked into this and the short version is that it seems the program only accepts 25 checks in the free version.

Now I understand what lintalist meant about "no limits":
lintalist wrote:
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:58 am
Update Scanner for Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo ... e-scanner/ (free, no limits on number of website monitored)
So the program is fortunately also available for Firefox, and I was pleased to see that I could add a list of URLs I care about by creating a CSV. Unfortunately it seemed to only accept 6 imports at a time. I guess this is a freemium service and they want you to pay for any real import options. Which is fine, but wish they'd just give you some kind of prompt for that.

I had about 50 urls and it kept giving me a "Monitor limit exceeded". I cut down the results several times and it finally didn't throw an error with just 10 URLs, but of those it only accepted 6 at a time. A bit of digging later, it's basically a service behind an add-on. I need to check a LOT of webpages once a week for any changes so ... the search continues.

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