When comparing Web Alert vs Visualping, the Slant community recommends Web Alert for most people. In the question“What are the best webpage change detection and notification software tools?” Web Alert is ranked 1st while Visualping is ranked 9th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Can watch pages behind logins and forms
Pro Can track an unlimited number of pages
Pro Keeps a local copy of page revisions
Pro Highlights changes since last check
Pro Can also track intranet pages
Pro Can track a specified part of the page
The app allows specifying what content should be tracked via a graphical interface.
Pro Intuitive interface
GUI for selecting sections of a page to monitor is clear and easy to use.
Con Early stage of development
The app is still incomplete and missing features
It takes a long time for the software to check for changes.
Con Somewhat confusing UI
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.