Monitor Web Server Files With Websites Cop

Martin Brinkmann
May 11, 2010
Updated • Jul 3, 2014
Software, Windows software

Websites Cop is a program for the Windows operating system that ensures that a webmaster or system administrator get notified immediately if monitored files on a web server have been modified.

This is done by linking local files to files on a configured ftp server that the program then checks continuously to make sure that they are identical.

Email notification is just one option when it comes to notifications if files are modified on the server. You can also enable an auto-repair mode to automatically replace modified files on the web server with local copies.

If you do so, you do need to remember that it will also repair modifications that you make or authorize, for instance through updates,, as the program does not distinguish between good or bad modifications.

The configuration of the monitored files is unfortunately not as easy as it could be. It is for instance only possible to select single files on the local computer system to link them to files on the ftp server. The ftp server path needs to be added manually.

An option to add a directory with all its files and an option to automatically link that directory to a specific path would be more than welcome. It currently takes a long time to add all files of a website to the monitored file listing.

That's why you may want to consider adding only important files, configuration files for example, to the list to make sure they are not modified.

Another missing option is that you cannot backup files on the ftp server prior to making modifications to it if you use the auto-repair feature.

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The program runs in the system background after configuration of the files that you want to monitor. Log files are generated automatically whenever a file is modified on the web server.

Websites Cop can be downloaded from the developer's homepage. The program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system.

Please note that the program has been last updated in 2010. While it works fine, it appears as if it is not high up on the company's priority list anymore.

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