In this week’s webinar, I give you an insight into how to solve two of the most common issues from our support channel: un-clickable data and disappearing Connector actions. These tips may seem advanced, but they’re actually quite easy to do once you know what’s going on.
import.io is able to extract data by generating an XPath to the data based on your clicks. However, sometimes you can’t click on the data point because you simply can’t see it – such as when it’s in a drop-down menu or a mini tab. To get around this issue, you needed to manually insert an XPath into the XPath override box. You can do this quite easily by using the inspect element feature in a normal browser and just pasting in the XPath it gives you.
Disappearing Connector Actions
Connectors were originally designed for you to record a search (like “jeans” on Asos), but you can also use them to record other actions such as button clicks. But, sometimes simply recording the button click isn’t enough and the actions will disappear when you stop recording.
To stop this from happening you need to create what’s called a URL Connector. To do that, you hit the record button and then click inside the URL before you do the rest of your interactions on the site. That way, all of your page clicks will be saved.
Join me next week, when I’ll be showing you how to troubleshoot a Crawler.
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