The world of web scraping is varied and complex, and Proxies API sits at one of the most crucial junctions. They are allowing web scrapers/crawlers to bypass IP blocks by using a single API endpoint to access our 20 million-plus high-speed proxies on rotation.
One of the questions we get frequently is how we are different from services like OctoParse or Diffbot. Many times it is like comparing Apples and Oranges. Still, when we send this comparison table to our customer's developer team, their CXO, their marketing, or SEO team, they typically get it quite quickly if we are a convenient service or not.
So here is how we are different from Beautiful Soup.
One of the aftermaths of the Internet Explorer era is how badly formed most HTML on the web is. It is one of the common realities you are hit with when you start any web scraping project.
No library wrangles with bad HTML as well as beautiful Soup
Beautiful Soup provides a few simple methods and Pythonic idioms for navigating, searching, and modifying a parse tree: a toolkit for dissecting a document and extracting what you need. It doesn't take much code to write an application. It also handles all encoding issues automatically.
Beautiful Soup vs. Proxies API
|Aspect||Proxies API||Beautiful Soup|
|Who is it for?||Developers||Developers|
|Cost||1000 free CallsStarts at $49 pm||Open Source|
|Size of project||enterprisemediumsmall||enterprisemediumsmall|
|Easy to setup||single api call for everything||manual setup|