Both Webspotter and Wappalyzer scan internet websites on a regular basis and let you find sites which use a certain technology - for example, websites running on WordPress.
However, although the products have similar functions, there are some significant differences between them.
The question is whether it is possible to replace one product with another without losses or even get some benefits.
To help you get a clear answer, we will compare both tools in different categories and find out who is the winner.
In order for the comparison to be detailed and illustrative, we decided to compare both products in nine categories. Here they are:
Since both tools are mainly databases of sites and technologies, the sizes of these databases are among the main parameters for the comparison.
Let's take a look at real numbers of monitored websites, taken from open sources.
At the time of this writing, Wappalyzer tracked technologies on 88,595,763 websites.
Webspotter monitors technologies across 252 million domains.
Since Webspotter analyzes more sites, the tool wins in this category.
Wappalyzer tracks 1,095 technologies and Webspotter tracks 645 technologies respectively.
Wappalyzer tracks more technologies than its competitor, so we consider Wappalyzer a winner.
Wappalyzer offers filtering features which allow users to customize some search filters to get more relevant site lists.
Webspotter allows searching not only by technologies but also by keywords - which allows users to find leads from a certain vertical. For example, you can enter a query "seo agency" and find a bunch of SEO agencies. Users also can filter websites by such parameters as "traffic" or "Open Page Rank".
Both products allow customers to filter the search results to get more relevant site lists, but Webspotter provides users with more searching possibilities.
That's why we consider Webspotter a winner here.
You may also have noticed that among the numbers provided by Webspotter, there is a number of gathered emails.
Since the service has a mail collection function, we cannot fail to include the number of addresses collected in our comparison.
So, the tool's data says that at the moment Webspotter has 88 million emails collected.
Webspotter tracks both corporate addresses and personal addresses of site owners. This is very convenient in terms of lead generation since you don't have to spend extra time searching for email addresses of potential leads.
All emails are divided into personal (they contain the name of a person) and role-based which may indicate a person's position (such as "sales", "admin", "support" etc).
Wappalyzer provides no company or personal data, and Webspotter provides contacts.
Thus, it would be fair to consider Webspotter a winner in this category.
Webspotter collects several metrics related to websites, therefore, while getting lists of sites, you can see a lot of relevant data about each specific domain:
Alexa rating - allows users to analyze a site's attendance rate and select the most popular domains.
The Majestic Million - this is the list of top sites with the largest numbers of links according to Majestic SEO, which allows you to select sites with a larger number of links. This feature may be useful if you are looking for bloggers for your SEO campaign.
Open Page Rank - this is an alternative to Google Page Rank, another metric standing for a site's popularity.
Webspotter provides users with additional data related to the chosen domains, which saves time and effort in finding relevant websites.
That's why Webspotter is a winner here.
As we have said, both tools have quite similar functionality. We still need to study the main features of these tools in more detail so we could better understand the nuances.
Let's start with Webspotter.
First, the solution allows users to find sites that use certain technologies.
Also, Webspotter contains the feature of selecting certain technologies via categories.
After you open a profile of a certain technology, you see how many sites use it. Also, unlike Wappalyzer, Webspotter allows you to see the technology's market share among all technologies in the same category.
Another main feature allows users to get sets of sites using certain technologies via search with some additional filters. This feature is quite similar to "Datasets" that we will see in Wappalyzer.
With the next feature, you can check individual sites on the presence of certain technologies.
Both Webspotter and Wappalyzer provide users with an option to install a browser extension and get information regarding technologies used on any website without the need to open Webspotter's or Wappalyzer's website respectively.
For Wappalyzer the extension is the only straightforward way to get such data. Technology check per website is not available via Wappalyzer's website.
The last of the main Webspotter's features allows users to get email addresses associated with chosen sites. Later, Webspotter customers can use personal emails for their outreach campaigns.
Wappalyzer does not offer similar features at all.
Now, let's look at Wappalyzer.
First, the product offers users a typical database of technologies.
You open the list of technologies divided into categories and choose the one that interests you.
In the technology profile you can see how many sites are using it at the moment. You also see the top 10 technology-related sites. On the same page you can request a complete list of all sites that have a connection with technology.
The second main function of Wappalyzer is the thing called "Datasets" on the Wappalyzer's website.
In short, this is a search for sites related to certain technologies.
After you configure the filters and make a request to create a dataset, you will be prompted to wait for the email.
Among all the main features of Wappalyzer, we should also list the tool's ability to be installed as a browser plug-in. This is pretty convenient since you can find out what technologies are used on a particular website without having to open Wappalyzer's site.
In general, Wappalyzer contains a typical feature set of a lead generation tool.
Webspotter also offers a typical feature set for this kind of software, but that's not all.
The solution also allows users to find out market shares of specific technologies in their segments as well as receive corporate emails, which saves a lot of time and effort.
Both tools provide a browser extension, making it quick and easy to check the technologies used on a particular website.
Despite the convenience of Wappalyzer, Webspotter offers richer functionality which carries additional value to users. Therefore, we consider Webspotter the winner in this category.
Since both tools have similar functionality, the experience of using these products is about the same with a few differences.
Wappalyzer has a generally less extensive functionality than Webspotter, which makes Wappalyzer easier to use.
However, this does not mean that Webspotter is difficult to use. Its interface is very intuitive, therefore, even a novice will understand how everything works right from the jump.
Wappalyzer should be considered a winner in this category due to it having a minimum of a learning curve.
Wappalyzer has partially free functionality but offers website data on a quote basis. Here is an example of the price of one site list:
Webspotter works by subscription and offers several plans to choose from. The tool's potential users also can check it out with the free trial version.
Webspotter is more affordable than the competitor's solution, and Webspotter's users get more relevant and useful information, which means that Webspotter's lists have greater ROI. Therefore, we consider Webspotter a winner in this category.
Both products are suitable for freelancers, small and middle-sized companies, as well as large enterprises.
No one, since both solutions are equally relevant in this category.
According to our comparison, Webspotter is the winner!
Wappalyzer and Webspotter offer users similar functionality, which is really valuable in terms of lead generation.
Despite the fact that Wappalyzer is slightly easier to use, Webspotter offer users wider functionality and bigger amounts of data.
You can check the fairness of our comparison by giving Webspotter a try. We are sure you won't regret it!