Useful change detection service for the Recent Changes webpage
Several members have been in touch saying they would like to have an email notification when there has been a new entry on the Recent Changes webpage so they would know something new had been added to the V8 Website. The Recent Changes webpage does provide a very good guide to all the new content posted to the V8 Website so visitors can see it easily and click a link to check it out. Our IT specialist member, Malcolm Bailey, has been in touch to say "t's taken a while but I now have another notification service called ChangeDetection for you to try if you wish".
How to see what's new on the V8 Website?
See our useful guide to our Recent Changes webpage where all new material posted to the V8 Website is listed as links on a daily basis. More

ChangeDetection.com
It's a useful service that monitors a webpage for you and then sends you an email notification when a change to that webpage has been made. With the V8 Website we have an innovative webpage called Recent Changes which has links on a daily basis to all new material posted to the V8 Website. That enables visitors to the website to see "what's new" easily. So coupled with the live ChangeDetection.com service that convenience is made even easier. See the helpful guide notes alongside to setting up a notifications service with ChangeDetection.com provided by fellow V8 member Malcolm Bailey.

Before releasing this webpage, the V8 Webmaster set up a trial notification service with ChangeDetection.com to see how easy creating the service is and then how good the notification service proved to be in action. The result has been very good - why not give it a try!

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How do you sign up for the service?
Malcom explains "the signup process is more straightforward than for VisualPing (another notification service) and the results from ChangeDetection are clearer. The only downside I can see is that the emails look as they are from a "robot", which might cause them to be sent to your spam folder, in which case you should mark them as "not spam" by whichever method your email client/service uses.

To get started, go to https://www.changedetection.com/ and enter the address of the page you wish to monitor and receive change detection notifications - for monitoring the Recent Changes webpage that is: http://www.v8register.net/subpages/websiteupdatelog.htm
and then enter your email address below that and click Next.


Select your preferences on the next page and click Create. You will receive an email containing a link that you will need to click on to confirm your email address. The email also contains a confirmation code which can be entered exactly as shown (or copied and pasted) if the page doesn't show the same code.

Enter a secure password twice, tick the box next to the "I have read and agree to the ChangeDetection.com terms and conditions", then click Submit.

The ChangeDetection service seems reliable and straightforward. It was started in 1999 and has one or two personal touches, in particular the disclaimer in the Terms & Conditions at https://www.changedetection.com/policy.html, which reads "Hey, this is a free service. We reserve the right to shut it down, kick you off, send invalid results, and fail in any way possible.". I like that kind of honesty!"

Malcolm ends his note saying there is also a useful FAQ page at https://www.changedetection.com/faq.html

What does a typical notification email from ChangeDetection.com look like?
Typical email notification you will see from ChangeDetection.com is:

----- Original Message -----
From: robot@alert.changedetection.com
To: [ your email address ]
Sent: Friday, May 26, 2017 9:52 AM
Subject: ChangeDetection: NEWS, V8 Register - MG Car Club, support a...

Note: Do not reply to this email!
This message was automatically generated by your ChangeDetection system. For help or to contact a human, see the information at the very end of this email. Thanks!
__________________________________________________________

At your request we are sending you this alert to let you know that a page you have been monitoring has changed.

The following monitored page has changed:
http://www.v8register.net/subpages/websiteupdatelog.htm

To see the details of the change, please click on the link below:
http://www.changedetection.com/log/net/v8register/websiteupdatelog_log.html

To stop monitoring this page, or change your settings, log-in to your ChangeDetection account at:
http://www.changedetection.com/login.html

To stop monitoring this page:
http://www.changedetection.com/u?d=eihs87qbiuo4ocm5120hqe5s4