Around two weeks ago, I introduced MUO readers to sWeather. sWeather is great to me because it takes one of the features that I often attach to the browser (as an add-on or extension) and places it in my Windows system tray as a standalone application. WebMon does this same exact thing. If you’ve ever used Firefox’s Update Scanner, WebMon is incredibly similar.
RSS is a great way to monitor websites for changes, but not all websites offer an RSS feed. Sometimes, even the ones that do require a little more advanced and specific monitoring. What if you only want to monitor a certain section of a page? Some browser extensions only offer certain intervals at which you can check for updates, while it’d be much more effective if you could define your own. Using WebMon, you can do all of this.
Though WebMon might look like it was made back in the days of Windows 98, it still performs as well as ever.
To begin checking out the features of this application, find a webpage you’re interested in monitoring and navigate to Add new… under the Page menu.
Clicking OK will bring you to the next prompt, where you can specify additional settings.
Here, you’re able to change the description (which is already populated with the title of the webpage) of the page. This will be how the page is displayed in your list of monitored websites. Using the sliders, you’re also able to change how often the page is monitored for changes.
If you’re only looking to monitor certain content on a webpage, click the Specify content to check… button.
Finish setting up your monitoring preferences and you’ll see that the website has been added to the list on the main interface. You can now send the application to your system tray under the File menu. When a website is updated, the icon beside the website’s name will change and you’ll get a small notification.
This is a really awesome and painless way to immediately begin monitoring websites for a ton of different reasons. As you can see in this example, I’m monitoring Alienware’s giveaway website. I bet you can think of plenty of other ways that you can really utilize this application.
WebMon’s preferences are extremely configurable.
You’re able to change the style of the update alert, log updates to a file, use a proxy server, change the default interval, and more.
What do you guys think of WebMon? This is one of my favorite lightweight applications on the web. Let me know in the comments!