Follow Links

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By default, you have to create a separate bookmark for each page you want to monitor.

 

If a whole site instead of single pages should be monitored, you can use the Follow Links functionality. This feature will automatically insert all links of a page as new bookmarks. With several options you can specify how many or which links should be inserted as new bookmarks, for example the link depth.

 

The Follow Links requires a Master-Bookmark that is the root for all other automatically inserted child bookmarks. Master bookmarks displays the image follow_links before the bookmark name and are usually sorted before all other bookmarks.

 

For all child bookmarks the Follow Links configuration is disabled. Changes to the Follow Links configuration can only be made in master bookmarks.

 

It's recommended to put each Master-Bookmark into a separate folder!

Options

Link depth

The link depth defines the depth that WebSite-Watcher should follow. A link depth of 1 means that WebSite-Watcher will follow only links from the current page. With a link depth of 2 WebSite-Watcher will also follow links from linked pages, etc...

 

Copy all bookmark properties when inserting new bookmarks

By default (without that option) only the most important bookmark properties are copied to automatically inserted bookmarks. If this option is enabled, nearly all bookmark properties from the source bookmark are used in the new, inserted bookmarks.

 

Automatically delete no longer linked pages every X days

This option allows you to automatically detect and delete no longer linked pages from the bookmark list. Since this operation takes some time you can configure how often it should be performed. If you right click a master bookmark in your bookmark list, you can also manually perform this operation via the context menu.

 

Don't follow links which contain one of the following strings

With that option, new bookmarks will NOT be inserted if a link address contains at least one of the entered strings. Enter one string per line, all strings are case insensitive. The entered strings are "sub-strings". Regular Expressions (with function regex(...)) and date variables are supported. Wildcards or other regular expression functions than regex(...) are not supported (eg. StartToRegex).

 

Examples are:

.zip

.exe

/adv/

regex(/example\d+/)

 

Only follow links which contain one of the following strings

With that option, new bookmarks will only be inserted if a link address contains at least one of the entered strings. Enter one string per line, all strings are case insensitive. The entered strings are "sub-strings". Regular Expressions (with function regex(...)) and date variables are supported. Wildcards or other regular expression functions than regex(...) are not supported (eg. StartToRegex).

 

Examples are:

techinfo

forum_data

regex(/article\d+/)

 

Name Prefix

If entered, then automatically inserted bookmarks will have the defined text as prefix in the bookmark name. Example: [wsw]

 

Don't follow links inside filtered parts

With that option, the Follow-Links feature uses defined Ignore filters to exclude links from filtered areas of a page. This option only works with Ignore filters, not with Watch filters.

Advanced Options

Check if an URL already exists in WebSite-Watcher

If an URL contains a changing Session-ID, it will be inserted each time you check the site. To prevent that behavior, you can define regular expressions to exclude parts of an URL when WebSite-Watcher checks if it already exists. Enter one regular expression per line. Entering the function text "regex(" and ")" is optional, not required.

 

Examples are:

?.*
filters everything after the question mark
&s=.*?&
filters the parameter &s= until the next ampersand, for example &s=hasdqwe79a8sd798&
&sid=[a-z|1-9]*
filters a session id with characters a-z and digits

 

See also:

Monitor a whole site (Follow Links)
Regular Expressions



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