Recently we encountered a new powerful scraping service called Data Collector [of Bright Data]. The life-test and thorough drill-in are coming soon. Yet now we want to highlight it main features that has badly (in positive sense, strongly) impressed us.
Sequentum Enterprise is a powerful, multi-featured enterprise data pipeline platform and web data extraction solution. Sequentum’s CEO Sarah Mckenna doesn’t like to call it web scraping because, in its description, the web scraping refers to many different types of unmanaged and non-compliant techniques for obtaining web-based datasets.
Recently we encountered a new service that helps users to scrape the modern web 2.0. It’s a simple, comfortable, easy to learn service – https://dataflowkit.com
Let’s first highlight some of its outstanding features:
- Visual online scraper tool: point, click and extract.
- Open-source back-end
- Scrape a website behind a login form
- Web page interactions: Input, Click, Wait, Scroll, etc.
- Proxy support, incl. Geo-target proxying
- Scraper API
- Follow the direction of robots.txt
- Export results to Google drive, DropBox, MS OneDrive.
Our brand new version Octoparse 8 (OP 8) just came out a few weeks ago. To help you get a better understanding of what the differences between OP 8 and 7 are, we have included all the updates in this article.
Oxylabs.io at a glance
Oxylabs.io is an experienced player in the proxy market. In the past few years, they have significantly expanded their proxy pool.
Right now they have a residential proxy pool with over 60M IPs and over 2M datacenter proxies. Their residential proxies cover every country in the world (!) and offer city-level targeting. Oxylabs datacenter proxies come from 82 locations and feature 7850 subnets.
Oxylabs is mainly focused on businesses and it is reflected in their product subscription plans. But recently they have introduced a Fast-Checkout feature, where customers can purchase residential proxies in a few clicks. Together with a recently added smaller plan ($300/month for 20GB of traffic) Oxylabs becomes much more attractive for smaller customers as well.
The most successful enterprises are always the ones which manage to stay a step ahead of their rivals. And to remain ahead, you have to be able to access the industry information faster and more consistently than anybody else. This is especially true for e-commerce and online retail industries, where the pricing contest is extremely fierce. Thus, the smallest developments in information processes can result in large changes in the outcomes.
ScrapingBee, an API for web scraping
The web is becoming increasingly difficult to scrape. There are more and more websites using single page application frameworks like Vue.js / Angular.js / React.js and you need to use headless browsers to extract data from those websites.
Using headless Chrome on your local computer is easy. But scaling to dozens of Chrome instances in production is a difficult task. There are many problems, you need powerful servers with plenty of RAM, you’ll get into random crashes, zombie processes…
Proxies are an integrated part of most major web scraping and data mining projects. Without them, data collection becomes sloppy and biased. This is why it’s essential to know how to find the best affordable proxies for any web scraping project.
One of the best proxy types you could use for scraping is residential proxies. In this post, you’ll learn what they are, how they are priced and what to look for before committing your project’s budget.
Nowadays, when having some questions, it almost comes naturally for us to just type it in a search bar and get helpful answers. But we rarely wonder how all that information is available and how it appears as soon as we start typing. Search engines provide easy access to information, but web crawling/scraping tools who are not so much known players have a crucial role in wrapping up online content. Over the years, these tools have become a true game-changer in many businesses including e-commerce. So, if you are still unfamiliar with it, keep reading to learn more.
The number of companies, which use web crawler, is growing rapidly due to the current competitive market conditions. As a result, the number of companies that offer this service is growing day by day. Since the purpose of web crawler varies on a case to case basis, here is a more detailed explanation of how it Price2Spy works.