Learn more about IP blocking, why it can be so advantageous and when to employ it.
In case you notice a considerable increase in the traffic to your website and in case after you check the visitor stats it turns out that it comes from locations across the globe or from other servers, your site is probably being attacked by an automatic bot. Those pieces of software go through random sites attempting to log in to their administrator area using a brute-force attack or to leave spam comments beneath every article where such an option is offered. Unfortunately, this is something rather common these days, but if you know the IP addresses from which the attacks come, you'll be able to block them, so the bots won't be able to access your Internet site in any way. Of course, you may block IPs even if you allow only people from specific countries to access your website.
IP Blocking in Shared Web Hosting
If you buy a Linux shared web hosting package
from us, you shall be able to see comprehensive traffic stats for all your sites and if you notice that a lot of the visits to each of them are not legit, you can block the IP addresses that have produced the most traffic through our IP Blocking tool. The interface is extremely simple - select the needed domain or subdomain from a drop-down list, then enter the IP address that you want to block and save the change. All the addresses that you've blacklisted will show up in the same exact section of the Control Panel, so you're able to always remove any one of them and enable it to access your website again. You'll be able to block whole IP ranges using the tool as well - you simply need to leave 1 or 2 octets from the address blank. For instance, entering 1.2.3. will block all 254 IPs from 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your websites in a semi-dedicated server
account with our company and you would like to block one or several IP addresses sooner or later, you are able to leverage the easy-to-use blocking tool, which we have included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. With just a couple of clicks, you will be able to block specific IPs or whole ranges, if necessary. All you shall need to do is choose any of your domains or subdomains from a drop-down menu, choose if the blocking must be valid for the root folder or for a subfolder that is part of the site, and then type the IP address that you would like to block. For an IP range, you just need to omit the last octet or the last two octets of the address based on the size of the network which you want to block. Each of the addresses that you've restricted will be listed within the same exact section and if you would like to whitelist any of them, you'll be able to do it with only a mouse click at any time.