How to monitor a web page for changes using Distill chrome extension?

Now you are ready to monitor webpages with Distill. Distill’s browser extension is the easiest and fastest way to get started with page monitoring. You can add webpage or a part of webpage or RSS feed to Distill. Once added, you will receive alerts when the page changes. Distill works for dynamic websites too.

Get Started - Add your first webpage

Once you have added “Distill Web Monitor” Chrome extension from the Web store, you would be able to see a Distill icon (a blue color drop icon) in your Chrome toolbar. If not, please check chrome://extensions/ and click on “Show button” for Distill extension.

Following are the steps to add your first page monitor using Distill:

  1. Open the web page you want to monitor.
  2. Click on Distill icon from the Chrome toolbar icon. It will open a small window with a menu.
  3. Click on “Monitor full page” option to monitor the whole webpage or click on “Select parts of page” to monitor only a selected part or section of the webpage, For example - only price of an item.
  4. Now you will be redirected to your watchlist dashboard. Here you can set custom settings of your monitor.
  5. You change the interval setting based on how frequent you want to check for changes.
  6. If you want to receive email notification when anything changes on the website, click on ‘Sign in’ under Email settings and connect your email account.
  7. Once done, click on ‘Save’. Congratulations, your first monitor has been added to Distill.

Alternatively, if you have clicked “Select parts of page”, you can select elements from the webpage. Hover around the webpage to see a black box moving. Click around your desired section in the webpage. Your selected element will be displayed at the bottom right of the page. Click on “Save selections” from the Visual Selector toolbar to save the selection.

Your monitors will appear in your Distill’s “Watchlist”. Click on “Go to Watchlist” from the Distill icon in your browser’s toolbar to view Watchlist. You can configure the settings for any monitor and visually see changes from the Watchlist.

To learn more about how to use Distill for various use cases, check our following quick start articles :

  1. How to monitor price of an item?
  2. How to monitor your web page for defacement attacks?
  3. How To Monitor Your Company’s Online Reputation?
  4. How to track latest SEC Filings?
  5. How to track release dates of upcoming PS4 Games?

FAQs

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Feedback/Questions

Email us your query, pain points and suggestions at support@distill.io. We would love to hear and answer them.

Happy Distilling!