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New Zealand Rail Maps: Update Service

New Zealand Rail Maps
Update Service

This page describes how to use the free VisualPing.io service to monitor the web site for changes. VisualPing is superior to other page change services that monitor an entire page because it can be configured to monitor only a specific section of a particular page for changes. This is important for this site because the web server inserts constantly changing advertising banner images and because the web page counter is also an image, the changes in these could trigger a change alert when the actual page content has not been updated at all. Because the free VisualPing service is limited to two pages, we have structured the site so that we post all update notices to the Updates section of the home page, which is the section of the site that you can configure VisualPing to monitor for you, ensuring that you get notifications each time we add new content.

In order to make this work you need to configure the VisualPing job to use its text based update monitoring and point it at the true URL of the home page of the site. All of this is described step by step below.

Step 1: Go to the visualping.io website.

Visual Ping Step 1

Step 2: In the section for entering the website URL, enter the true URL of the homepage - www.trainweb.org/nzrailmaps - DO NOT enter www.railmaps.nz which will not work properly. Then click the Go button.

Visual Ping Step 2

Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom of the form and change the SELECTION toggle from Visual to Web. Leave the other settings as shown.

Visual Ping Step 3

Step 4: Scroll back up to view the preview of the web page and select the section that is headed UPDATES. This will be outlined in red.

Visual Ping Step 4

Step 5: Scroll down again and enter an email address to receive notifications.

Visual Ping Step 5

Step 6: Click on the "Start Free Monitoring" button. You will need to complete some additional steps like verifying your email address and choosing a password to complete setting up the service.


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