WebMon Allows You To Monitor Any Website For Specific Changes [Windows]

Stopwatch shaded   WebMon Allows You To Monitor Any Website For Specific Changes [Windows]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.

Click here to go to the official WebMon website!

Though WebMon might look like it was made back in the days of Windows 98, it still performs as well as ever.

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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.

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Clicking OK will bring you to the next prompt, where you can specify additional settings.

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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.

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What you’ll see on this page is raw HTML and JavaScript. However, you don’t need knowledge of either to get this working perfectly for you. Use the Find button to search for certain words that depict start and end points of the site that you’re trying to monitor. You can even highlight certain parts of the page and click the Use selected text button to automatically insert it into the field.

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.

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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.

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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!

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Boni Oloff

Great tool, but i still don’t get any idea yet when gonna use this.. :D

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Harish Jonnalagadda

Exactly what I wanted! Thanks a lot for the suggestion.

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Gerhard Tinned

There are nice firefox plugins as well that check page changes. :-)

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Dino Pearsons

This is a pretty decent app. I used to write Perl scripts when I wanted to check a page for changes (and keep me notified).

Any Mac alternatives?

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Craig Snyder

Never owned a Mac myself so I wouldn’t be the guy to ask! I’ll look out for you though.

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Dylan Thompson

This is great.. Thanks! :)

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Chris

I would love to use this; but I have multiple computers. It’s far more helpful to use a service like changedetection.com, and then subscribe to the RSS feed, so I can check those changes on *my* schedule.

This (like the Firefox plugins) ties to the specific browser, so I’d be notified at each computer of the same changes. I would still use a plugin if it delivered an RSS feed (since then, I would be accessing the changes through the RSS feed, and not the pop-up app). I don’t think this program has that ability (from what I can see).

I would love to learn about other apps that do offer an RSS feed of each page’s changes, though. changedetection is pretty good; but if there’s something better, I’d want to know about it.

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PJ Wessels

Looks interesting, but applications for a normal user?

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Craig Snyder

It’s not as intimidating as it looks. Give it a try.

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Prasanth Mathialagan

Excellent tool mate..

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barney

Been using WebMon v1.0.10 for years … be interesting to see what’s been changed. Probably the best Website monitor I’ve seen, and it has served me well.

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Prasanth Mathialagan

Awesome tool..

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Mike

Hi Guys,

We have created a tool much more powerful and easy to use. No interaction with HTML code at all. You can try it for free here:

http://www.tadaweb.com

We would love to have your feedback on how to improve it.

Basically you can extract anything from any website, set alert, scheduling time and much more powerful stuff like comparing, merging, splitting, transforming etc the information you extract.

And it’s all cloud based :)

Mike.