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Change Detection has gone

We used to have a link on our news page and also on our Blog which allowed users to receive notification if there were any changes to those pages. We had selected Change Detection as it was a simple free service, requiring nothing more than an email address to deliver notifications usually within a day of a change occurring. We could also configure things at our end so that only 'real' changes to our news page were detected.

Change Detection has now merged with another service called Visualping. This service differs a lot from Change Detection, so we have taken down the links until we can decide on the most suitable replacement. After a bit of research, we have a shortlist of three free services for you to consider. Alternatively, you might be able to suggest another suiable page change monitoring service for Pageant to consider.

Visualping

Visualping is a sophisticated change monitoring service which can be configured by the user to do all sorts of clever things. Their starter service is free and allows 2 checks per day (or 62 per month). Users can configure the area of the page checked to avoid too many 'false positives'. These could occur on our news page with automated pieces of text which are not actually new news items. Unfortunately we can't do this from our end, so it is down to the user. Find out more from their FAQ page.

If you are using the Chrome browser then Visualping have provided an app which puts an icon on the task bar, and so is available on any page you are viewing. Clicking the icon brings up a simple interface where you can select the area of the page for monitoring, the sort of change to look for and input your email address for notification. It really is that easy. More about the app.

Change Detect

Change Detect (not the same as Change Detection!) also has a free Basic service, which allows once a week checking of up to five pages. The big advantage is that we can define the area which is checked on our news page, so that 'false positives' are eliminated. If weekly checks are too infrequent, you can sign up to their 'Personal Plan' which allows you to check up to 10 pages as frequently as twice a day. See more information on their plans.

Watch that Page

Watch that Page offers a free service for up to 70 weekly downloads (e.g. 10 pages checked every day). As far as we know, the whole page is checked, so there could be 'false positives' for our news page. However, the checking algorithm is claimed to reduce these to a minimum. The user can configure which pages are checked and how results are delivered. see their website for more information

Now please give us your feedback

This form simply asks our users for their opinions about web page change detection services.
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Please click any of the checkboxes below if your answer is yes. A blank box means no. Did you sign up with ChangeDetection....

...from our news page?    
...from our Blog?    

ChangeDetection users should have been invited to migrate to Visualping.

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