Sometime back, we removed the website/Facebook scraper tool from the first step of the app-building process. It has been replaced by a new template tool that allows you to select prebuilt images for your app. Now, when you create a new app and log in, you'll see this screen.
Instead of scraping an existing site, when you click Next you'll be taken to this specialized industry template selection tool. Based on your industry selection, you'll see a few suggested design options.
You can browse additional options by clicking the arrows or select an option by clicking it. When you click a template, you'll see a Live Preview button above it, which allows you to simulate the app. Hit Save when you've made your choice.
Pop-up messages will appear, guiding you through the dashboard. Click Skip to be taken straight to the app editor, or Next to view the rest of the tips.
After you've skipped or read through the tips, you'll be taken to Step 1 (Functionality). Your app will be pre-populated with complete tabs. You can move onto Step 2 (Content) to check out each tab in-depth. This allows new app-makers to reverse-engineer an app in order to understand how each feature works.
Q: Why did you guys remove the scraper tool?
A: It didn't perform as well as we liked, simply because the native nature of our features makes it difficult to take web content and insert it straight into an app. Scraping is great for app-builders that use primarily web-based features, but because our apps are built with native iOS and Android code, web-scraping is far less efficient. The template tool is a better option for our builder—it saves time for the user and ensures optimal performance.
Q: So there's no option to scrape content at all?
A: There is! We introduced tab-specific scraping for the Events v2 and Image Gallery tabs. This performs essentially the same exact job that our original scraper tool performed, but for specific tabs. In Step 2 (Content) you can import events and galleries directly from Facebook. Just click the Import button that appears there and plugin a Facebook Page's URL to do so.
Q: The tab scraper didn't work for me. What am I doing wrong?
A: If you're having trouble scraping a gallery or events, it may be because your Facebook Page has limited privacy settings, or your browser has blocked a pop-up window to sign into Facebook.
Privacy Settings: Your Page must be publicly viewable, without requiring login. If you can't view the Facebook Page without logging into Facebook, then events & galleries will not scrape successfully.
Pop-Up Blocking: If the scraper tool keeps loading and loading but doesn't scrape anything, your pop-up blocker may be the issue. If you see a pop-up blocked notification, click it and adjust the settings to always allow. Then, try reopening the scraping window and attempting to scrape your Page once more.
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