Support » Plugin: WP Web Scraper » Scraping html is just showing text

  • Hi,
    I’m trying to display the html version of what I’m scraping but no matter what I try it just seems to either display the text version or it displays the entire page in html.
    I tried using shortcodes but the closing tags in my xpath were causing problems. I then tried installing a php plugin to allow live php in my pages and I’m still seeing the same problem:

    I can’t see much support for html output, have I got the usage wrong for html? I’m expecting it to just place the html into my document. For example, I am scraping a table and all I see coming back is the text. I was expecting the table html to come back and then for it to be displayed as a table.

    Upon checking the source I can see this coming back:

     Start of web scrap (created by wp-web-scraper)
     Source URL:
     Xpath: //*[@id=""]/table[2]
     Delivered thru: Cache
     WPWS options: Array
        [postargs] =>
        [cache] => 60
        [user_agent] => WPWS bot (
        [timeout] => 2
        [on_error] => error_hide
        [output] => html
        [clear_regex] =>
        [clear_selector] =>
        [replace_regex] =>
        [replace_selector] =>
        [replace_with] =>
        [replace_selector_with] =>
        [basehref] =>
        [striptags] =>
        [removetags] =>
        [callback] =>
        [debug] => 1
        [htmldecode] =>

    This makes me think that I’ve got the right code to output html but that I may have the usage wrong or I may not understand what the plugin is doing

    I have tried the following:
    <?php echo wpws_get_content('', '', '//*[@id=""]/table[2]', '', '', '', '', 'html', '', 'ppfearn', '', '')?>

    I also tried ‘output=html’ and ‘output=”html”‘ with the same results.
    I’m a bit stuck at this point so any advice would be great.

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