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Website surfing simulation?


I have a website and I would like to display it on a pc in my shop so that customers can see the website while they are there.

I don't really want just one page displayed at a time that I have to change manually. Is there any way I can simulate someone browsing my site as if they are clicking and scrolling and visiting different pages? I would prefer to use the live files on the server as they are always being updated. Beacause of that I don't want any script like redirects in the pages themselves.

I also would like to be able to get out of "auto mode" pretty quickly and easily then I can override it or do something else on the pc.

Any thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.


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Dear minskin,

I can think of two moderately easy options.

One, you download free "desktop recording software", which will simply record your movements on your desktop into a small video file. You may then play back the video to your customers, and make it loop - so they will be watching you open page by page or however you do it.

Another method is similar. You find a relatively common and free piece of software somewhere along the lines of "Auto Key". It also records your movements, but gives you the option of recoding the script to modify delays. You can simply click through all of your links, and then recode it to do repeat every "x" seconds and modify the delay between each click.

Those two are probably the easiest ways. They do not require you to alter your website coding whatsoever, and option two will always have updates pages.

Hope this helps,

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that's great, just what I need. I'll go for option 2 and see how I go.

Thanks again for your suggestions.


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