When comparing Visualping vs Distill Web Monitor, the Slant community recommends Distill Web Monitor for most people. In the question“What are the best webpage change detection and notification software tools?” Distill Web Monitor is ranked 2nd while Visualping is ranked 8th.
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Pro Intuitive interface
GUI for selecting sections of a page to monitor is clear and easy to use.
Pro Has advanced selectors of what to monitor
Pro Option to run locally on computer and in cloud
Can use browser extension to check for changes locally. There is also an option to check webpages in cloud. Changing run device is configurable from both browser extension and cloud.
Pro Has a free tier
Can monitor 25 webpages for free. It is sufficient for daily use.
Pro Can select with custom CSS/JS formulas
Pro Can watch pages behind logins and forms
Pro Can monitor PDF documents for changes
Con Potentially expensive
The "free" version of Visualping offers a specific number of "checks" and it might be ok if you check once a day but their "recomendation" or guide of typical use will exhaust the free checks very quickly.
Con Too many false alarms
Con Potential bandwidth issues
VP checks for changes in graphics as well as text, and to do so has to frequently download the entire content of a monitored page. If the hosting account has bandwidth limits they can be exceeded very easily if a number of graphics heavy pages are monitored by a number of users.
Con The website cannot be reached
Con Expensive for casual use
Con Free tier is limited
Only 1 check per 6 hours could be done in cloud. However browser extension allows 5 seconds check interval for free.
Con Settings persistence behind paywall
Chrome can synchronize settings but that option is only for paying members of Distill.