Another data collection software option on our list is ParseHub. The application is available for macOS and Windows, and it’s the only Linux-compatible software application we tested, besides web-based software solutions.
ParseHub is a handy tool for consultants, analysts, sales leads, aggregating data, researchers, and eCommerce. Developers will also find the application convenient, as they can integrate their applications with ParseHub’s REST API and make use of scraped information.
Like the other solutions we’ve reviewed, ParseHub requires no coding; the application does the brunt of the work for you. However, there are a few steps that you need to become familiar with if you want to use the application effectively.
The program’s user interface is intuitive and doesn’t require too much time to get used to. After loading the webpage, you need to set up selectors, of which ParseHub has XPATH, CSS, and RegEx, as well as other common selectors found in website data collection solutions.
The graphic interface will effectively show you what information you’ve set up for extraction, and it may require you to take a few extra steps to properly set up the software. When you’re selecting an element from the page, the software will suggest others that it finds fitting in the same class.
You have plenty of options when it comes to accessing your scraping results, and you can sort the data into JSON, CSV, and Excel files or import them directly into Google Sheets. Anyone wanting to add further visualization options to their data can do so with Tableau; ParseHub can easily integrate with the application via CSV import or Google Sheets implementation. The API integration allows you to extract data directly to your software application, which most developers find extremely useful.
ParseHub does a great job at instructing new users on how to use the software. The company offers web courses that cover everything from basics to advanced web-scraping techniques. ParseHub has a YouTube channel with excellent video material that you’ll find quite helpful; there are step-by-step examples of how you can gather data from various sites like Reddit, Walmart, Yelp, Amazon, and many others. For those that prefer to read through instructions, ParseHub’s help center has extensive information and covers everything you might need to run the data collector successfully.
ParseHub has a free plan, which gives you an excellent opportunity to explore how you can incorporate a tool for data collection into your organization and workflow. However, we’d recommend looking into paid plans for business endeavors, as they allow for more projects and more pages per run for analysis.
Standard and Professional subscriptions go for $149 and $499 per month, and there’s a 15% discount for quarterly billing. Even though those two plans are considerably better than the Free plan, they feel somewhat limited compared to what other market research and data collection companies offer.