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FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

You can view the answers to some frequently asked questions about changeAlarm below by clicking on a question link below.  If you have already signed-up for changeAlarm and are looking for information on how to use your account, click here to view the technical FAQ.
 
Monitors:
 
What is changeAlarm?
 
Why would I use changeAlarm?
 
How much does changeAlarm cost?
 
Is it hard to use changeAlarm?
 
How often does changeAlarm check a web page for changes?
 
How will I be notified when a web page changes?
 
What can I do if changeAlarm is notifying me of changes that are insignificant?
 
Is it easy to turn off a monitor?
 
 
 
Webmasters:
 
What can changeAlarm do for my web site?
 
How does the changeAlarm sign-up box work?
 
How hard is it to set-up changeAlarm for my site?
 
How much does it cost to use the changeAlarm sign-up box?
 
How can I customize the appearance of changeAlarm for my site?
 
How can I monitor changeAlarm's effectiveness at helping my web site?
 
How does changeAlarm know what URL to monitor when a visitor submits his or her email address to my changeAlarm sign-up box?
 
 


Monitors
 
What is changeAlarm?

 
changeAlarm is a online service that monitors web pages, that you specify, for changes.  When a change in a web page is found, changeAlarm notifies you by email.
 
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Why would I use changeAlarm?

 
changeAlarm makes it easy for you to stay updated on information that you're interested in.  You don't have to waste time visiting the many web pages that are of interest to you to learn about updates.  Rather, you are notified soon after a change occurs.  Thus, not only do you not have to visit pages that have not been updated, but changeAlarm also lets you know of a change much faster than you typically would have been aware without this service.
 
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How much does changeAlarm cost?

 
Nothing.  changeAlarm is a free service.
 
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Is it hard to use changeAlarm?

 
Not at all.  changeAlarm is very easy to use.  You can create a monitor simply by submitting your email address and the web address (URL) that you would like to monitor.  Once you have done this, your monitor is already active, and you will be notified once a change has occurred.
 
There is no software to install or service updates to be concerned about.  changeAlarm runs on its own servers, and is maintained by its own support staff.  Any updates to the service are handled seamlessly, without any required work on your part.
 
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How often does changeAlarm check a web page for changes?

 
changeAlarm typically checks web pages for updates once per day.
 
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How will I be notified when a web page changes?

 
Once changeAlarm detects a change to a web page, you will be notified by email.
 
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What can I do if changeAlarm is notifying me of changes that are insignificant?

 
changeAlarm allows you to customize the sensitivity of your monitors.  If you would like to make a monitor less sensitive to changes, you can easily adjust the sensitivity of the given monitor on a sliding scale.  You can do this within your account management area.
 
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Is it easy to turn off a monitor?

 
Yes. If you decide that you don't want to monitor a given web page anymore, you can simply turn it off with the unsubscribe link provided in its notification emails or from within your account management area.
 
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Webmasters
 
What can changeAlarm do for my web site?

 
By placing a changeAlarm sign-up box on your site, you can allow your visitors to be notified quickly of updates to your web pages.  This can increase repeat traffic to your web site without any ongoing effort required.
 
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How does the changeAlarm sign-up box work?

 
Once you've placed your changeAlarm sign-up box on your site, visitors can create monitors to be notified when your site is updated.  When a visitor submits their email address to the sign-up box, they are creating a changeAlarm monitor for the page on which the sign-up box appears.  That's why it's important to place your sign-up box every page that you would you visitors to be able to monitor for changes.
 
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How hard is it to set-up changeAlarm for my site?

 
It's not hard at all.  After you've created you account and gotten your sign-up box code, you simply need to place this code on your pages.  It's as simple as that.
 
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How much does it cost to use the changeAlarm sign-up box?

 
Nothing.  changeAlarm is a free service.
 
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How can I customize the appearance of changeAlarm for my site?

 
There are two ways that you can customize the appearance of changeAlarm.  One is the sign-up box return page.  When a visitor to your site submits their email address to a changeAlarm sign-up box, they are then shown a return page, served by the changeAlarm servers.  If the monitor was successfully created, this page will say as much, or if an error was found with their email address, the page notifies the visitor of this.  You can place both a graphic and text on this page that link back to your site (to a URL that you specify).
 
For advanced users of HTML, you can also customize the appearance of your sign-up box as it appears on your web site using standard HTML formatting.
 
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How can I monitor changeAlarm's effectiveness at helping my web site?

 
changeAlarm will provide you with statistics on the number of monitors created with your sign-up box as well as the number of change notification emails sent out for them.  If you sign-up for the webmaster version of changeAlarm, you are by default sent a weekly summary of activity with your sign-up box by email.
 
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How does changeAlarm know what URL to monitor when a visitor submits his or her email address to my changeAlarm sign-up box?

 
By default, the changeAlarm sign-up box automatically detects the URL of the web page on which it appears.  That way, you can place the same sign-up box code on all of your pages and allow your visitors to sign-up for updates on the given page they are viewing - without having to change the sign-up box code for each individual page.
 
Another method of determining what URL to monitor for a given sign-up is to include an additional form element which hard codes the specific URL to monitor.  The form element is called "u" and should have a "value" setting of the given URL to monitor.  An example of the form element that could be added to the sign-up box code (between the <FORM> tags) is the following:
 
<input type="hidden" name="u" value="http://www.mywebsite.com">
 
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