FAQ: Web Scraping with Beautiful Soup - The BeautifulSoup Object

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Create a BeautifulSoup object out of the webpage content and call it soup . Use "html.parser" as the parser.
Print out soup ! Look at how it contains all of the HTML of the page! We will learn how to traverse this content and find what we need in the next exercises.

Is this correct? And why do we parse on the last line with the Beautiful Soup object rather than on the webpage response?

import requests
from bs4 import BeautifulSoup

webpage_response = requests.get(‘https://s3.amazonaws.com/codecademy-content/courses/beautifulsoup/shellter.html’)

webpage = webpage_response.content
soup = BeautifulSoup(webpage, “html.parser”)

Because BeautifulSoup has special methods for parsing html that would take a lot work had we to perform them manually. Once we define a soup instance, it will have all those methods inherited.