Apr 5, 2016

Difference between Web Crawling and Web Scraping

Apr 5, 2016 Mobile Commerce

A web crawler is also popularly known as a web robot or spider. It is an automated script or program that browses the World Wide Web (www) in a systematic and automated way. This process is also known as web crawling or spidering.

Many popular sites, specially, search engines, use web crawling as an effective way of providing updated data. Web crawlers are primarily used for creating a copy of all the pages that have been visited, for later processing by search engine. The search engine indexes the downloaded pages to facilitate faster searches. These spiders can also be used for validating HTML code, checking links and for automating other maintenance tasks on a website.

Web crawlers can also be used effectively to collate specific information from websites, such as e-mail addresses. These days, web scrapping is being used to extract large volumes of data from websites, and the data so extracted is saved in a local file or database in the form of spreadsheets. So, web scrapping should not be confused with web crawling as these are two distinct things.

If you need to extract exact web content – let’s say, for business intelligence (BI), email marketing, research, text analytics or big data applications – then you want a professional web data monitoring and extraction solution provider. Dissimilar to web crawlers, this kind of cutting-edge technology is designed to extract the precise content you require, and format it so that you can use it.

SunTec India is a leading figure in web content extraction and data mining services and solutions. SunTec extracts the exact information you need, cleanses it, standardizes and normalizes it into a regular structure, and delivers it in the correct format – including excel, XML, CSV and XLS.

If you are planning on applying this to your eCommerce store, SunTec India has a proprietary software tool available that has been thoughtfully designed to perform data scrapping on your eCommerce website. It is especially useful for online retailers who are not satisfied with their dropship supplier’s digital data. The software can be used to download inventory, price and product information into spreadsheets from your drop ship supplier’s online portal.

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To know more about our proprietary data scrapping software and data scrapping services, write to us at info@suntecindia.com and we will get back to you shortly.

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