Custom Built Google Chrome Extension for Manual Scraping

Developing automatic website scrapers can sometimes be challenging due to how modern websites are built. Some of these challenges are the continuous layout changes, captchas, bot patterns, paginations, being anonymous, logins and websites that populate new content by continuously scrolling.

I was tasked with developing a Google Chrome Extension that would help with speeding up manual scraping. The biggest benefit of developing a plugin is that the user can load a website as if they are browsing it normally which reduces all the challenges automated scraping is faced with.

The plugin was built in such a way that it allows the user to click anywhere in the page and automatically extract the text. The text is then passed through to a system which is then translated, cleaned and mapped to certain fields in the system. A summary is also visible showing the scraping progress.

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We were looking at off the shelf products for an online booking system for our carriage rides business, none of these really met our needs. We were introduced to Dean who not only designed a completely bespoke booking system for us, he completely redesigned our website to accommodate this. Dean has also followed up with advice and help on our social media channels all of which are now starting to improve business. I would certainly recommend him in the future.

Mark - Carriage Hire Cornwall