While there are almost certainly websites you visit every day to check for update – the most obvious examples would be news site – there are probably plenty that you only check from time to time. Blogs and company websites are not always updated all that frequently, so you may only check in from time to time... only to discover that you have a missed a whole bunch of content you were interested in!
And this is where WebSite-Watcher can help you out. This handy tool can monitor websites for you, and let you know when there is something new to see. This means that there is no need to keep manually checking a site only to be disappointed when you find out that there is nothing new to read.
The idea behind WebSite-Watcher is a simple one, but it is highly effective. There are already various ways in which you can receive notifications about updates to sites, including newsletters and RSS feeds, but these will not necessarily inform you about all changes to a site that you might be interested in. Using the software you can quickly learn when a site updates its look, or when the price of a particular store items changes.
WebSite-Watcher is very versatile, giving you the option of looking out for the appearance of keywords of your choosing on a site. So if you are waiting for a price drop, for instance, you could look out for the words "sale" or "black Friday". It also serves as a great way of being told about when an out-of-stock item is available to buy again – not all site offer notifications about this, after all.
It's well worth giving the free trial version of the software a test drive. While there are numerous limitations – such as only being able to use the AutoWatch function with up to three sites – you may find that it is enough for your needs. But even if this is not the case, it serves as a great introduction to the more advanced and feature-packed Basic, Personal and Business editions which are very reasonably priced should you decide to take the plunge.
As an added bonus, it is possible to install the app as a portable app to a USB drive, so you can take it with you as you move from one computer to another and still receive update notifications.
It is something of shame that there is no native Mac or Linux version of the tool, but for Windows users (as well as those running iOS or Android), this is a great tool. It's unfortfunate that WebSite-Watcher is reliant on having client software running on your computer at all times in order to function – it would have been great to see this as a cloud-based tool that could send out notifications regardless of whether your computer is running or not. But really this is a minor complaint about a great piece of software that helps to solve a real problem.