Frequent Questions : Can ChangeDetect monitor pages with data that changes all of the time (active content)?

 

 

Can ChangeDetect monitor pages with data that changes all of the time (active content)?

Yes. With a ChangeDetect membership you may configure advanced web page monitoring with keyword triggers. Keyword triggers fine-tune web page content monitoring and eliminate the reporting of irrelevant content changes.

Refer to the example of a page with active content. You will see a web page with active content that increments the date, rotates images and manipulates other dynamic content to display a page that interacts with the user.

Note that if you monitor a page like this and do not have a ChangeDetect membership, you will receive false "page has changed" reports, because the date and other active content changes every time the page is loaded. In this case, ChangeDetect detects these as changes.

So if the web page of interest has active content and you do not have webmaster support to add "ignore tags", then the only way to successfully monitor the web page with active content is to sign up for a ChangeDetect membership and setup keyword triggers.

Without taking these steps for web pages with active content, you will receive a daily stream of meaningless change notifications.

new You may now also use regular expressions to remove irrelevant content like ads, timestamps and hit counters.

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