How to Scrape Articles from Ars Technica
Abstract：In this article, we will tell you how to scrape articles from Ars Technica using ScrapeStorm's "Smart mode". No Programming Needed. Visual Operation.
In this article, we will tell you how to scrape articles from Ars Technica using ScrapeStorm’s “Smart mode“.
Introduction to the scraping tool
ScrapeStorm (www.scrapestorm.com) is an AI-Powered visual web scraping tool, which can be used to extract data from almost any websites without writing any code.
It is powerful and very easy to use. For experienced and inexperienced users, it provides two different scraping modes (Smart Mode and Flowchart Mode).
ScrapeStorm supports Windows, Mac OS and Linux operating systems.
You can save the output data in various formats including Excel, HTML, Txt and CSV. Moreover, you can export data to databases and websites.
Introduction to the scraping object
Ars Technica is a website covering news and opinions in technology, science, politics, and society, created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998. It publishes news, reviews, and guides on issues such as computer hardware and software, science, technology policy, and video games.
Official Website: https://arstechnica.com/
title, title_link, excerpt, comment, visually-hidden, author, time, content
Function point directory
Preview of the scraped result
Export to Excel2007:
1. Download and install ScrapeStorm, then register and log in
(1) Open the ScrapeStorm official website, download and install the latest version.
(2) Click Register/Login to register a new account and then log in to ScrapeStorm.
Tips: You can use this web scraping software directly, you don’t need to register, but the tasks under the anonymous account will be lost when you switch to the registered user, so it is recommended that you use it after registration.
2. Create a task
(1) Copy the URL of Ars Technica
Click here to learn more about how to enter the URL correctly.
(2) Create a new smart mode task
You can create a new scraping task directly on the software, or you can create a task by importing rules.
Click here to learn how to import and export scraping rules.
3. Configure the scraping rules
(1) Set the fields
Intelligent mode automatically recognizes the fields on the page. You can right-click the field to rename the name, add or delete fields, modify data, and so on.
Click here to learn how to how to configure the extracted field.
Add or remove fields as needed, and rename the fields. The results of the field settings are as follows:
(2) Manually set the page
Some web pages have special buttons on the next page, and the system may not recognize them. In this case, you need to manually set the page to “Scroll to Load” and “Select button”, then click the symbol for next page.
Click here to learn how to manually select the page.
(3) Scrape into
There is only partial data on the list page, you can use the “scrape into” function to enter the detail page to scrape the data.
Click here to learn how to extract the list page plus the detail page.
Then we add the required fields: author, time, content
4. Set up and start the scraping task
(1) Running and Anti-block settings
Once the rules are configured, we can start the acquisition task. Click “Start” and then jump out of the taskbar. The taskbar interface has a “More Settings” button, which we can click to set up to improve stability and success rate.
Click “Setting”, set waiting time based on web page open speed. The anti-block settings follow the system default settings. Then click “Save”.
(2) Start scraping data
Premium Plan and above users can use “Scheduled job“ and “Sync to Database”. If you want to download images, you can check “Download images while running”. Then click “Start”.
Click here to learn about scheduled job.
Click here to learn about sync to database.
Click here to learn about download images.
(3) Wait a moment, you will see the data being scraped.
5. Export and view data
(1) Click “Export” to download your data.
(2) Choose the format to export according to your needs.
ScrapeStorm provides a variety of export methods to export locally, such as excel, csv, html, txt or database. Professional Plan and above users can also post directly to wordpress.
Click here to learn more about how to view the extraction results and clear the extracted data.
Click here to learn more about how to export the result of extraction.