How do you keep up with changes to your favorite websites? RSS feeds are great for websites that support them, but what about websites that do not support RSS? A great way to keep up with websites that don’t support RSS, is by using a free service called Diphur.
With Diphur, you can add websites as bookmarks and then get notified (via email) when there are changes to those websites. Diphur is not just for websites that don’t support RSS though, you can also use it for social media sites and any other website that has textual content.
Let’s take a look at how Diphur works.
1. Click on the “click here to create your new account” button on the home page to create your free Diphur account. Be sure to click on the activation link in your email.
Add New Bookmarks
2. Click on the “Add New Bookmark” button on the verification page; if you’re on the home page, you’ll see the “Add New Bookmark” button at the top right of the Popular Bookmarks feed.
Note: You can also add the bookmarklet to your browser, which will allow you to add bookmarks from anywhere on the Web. You’ll find the bookmarklet at the bottom of the Settings page.
3. Enter the following information for your bookmark:
- Web Address/URL (required).
- Title (required) – clicking on the “Prefill” button will automatically grab the title and description of the URL.
- Description of the website – not required.
- Tags (required) – you can use up to 5 tags; separated by a slash (/); no spaces are allowed.
- Choose to make your bookmark public or private.
- Choose how often to check the website for changes (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly), what percentage of changes to look for (all, 1%, 2%, 5%, 10%, 20%) and what time to deliver the changes to your email.
- Keywords and sentences that the changes must contain (not required, but may be helpful).
4. Once your bookmark has been added, you’ll see it listed under “My Bookmarks.” You can delete it, edit it, add it as a favorite, and see who else has bookmarked it on Diphur.
Change Your Settings
5. Now that you’ve got the hang of adding new bookmarks, you’ll want to go to the Settings page so that you can further customize the service.
- Account – you can customize the number or rows to display (for your bookmarks), customize the subject line of your notification emails, and change your time zone.
- Import bookmarks – you can import your bookmarks from other websites like Delicious via an HTML file.
- Export bookmarks – you can export your bookmarks from Diphur to another website like Delicious or Diigo.
- Change password – in case you need to change your password.
- Change email – in case you need to change your email.
- Delete account – in case you want to delete your Diphur account.
As you can see, Diphur is a pretty straightforward service. Simply add the websites that you want to keep up with and you’ll receive new updates in your email. It’s as simple as that.
What are your thoughts on Diphur? Would you use a service like this to keep up with website changes?