What is IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? When is it useful?
If you notice a major increase in the traffic to your site and if after you look into the visitor statistics it turns out that it comes from locations around the world or from other servers, your website is more than likely being attacked by an automatic bot. These programs go through random websites trying to log in to their administration area through a brute-force attack or to leave spam comments underneath any article where this sort of an option is provided. Unfortunately, that's something rather frequent lately, but if you know the IP addresses from which the attacks come, you'll be able to block them, so the bots will not be able to access your Internet site in any way. Certainly, you may block IPs even if you allow only people from specific countries to access your website.
IP Blocking in Shared Web Hosting
Our Linux shared web hosting
include an IP blocking tool, so in case you'd like to restrict the access to your sites, you'll be able to do so with simply several clicks. The tool is provided with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with all accounts and that's a breeze to use. When you log in and visit the IP blocking section, you'll just have to pick a domain or a subdomain hosted inside the account and type in the IP address that should be blocked. Our system will allow you to block entire networks also, so if you type in 123.123.123., for instance, this shall block all IP addresses between 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 from accessing your websites. If you would like to whitelist an IP at some point, you may unblock it with a click from the same section.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The Hepsia hosting CP, offered with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting
, will enable you to solve the matter with unwanted traffic very quickly and easily. It comes with an IP blocking tool where you could add IP addresses with only a few clicks. All domains and subdomains that you have inside the account will be listed in a drop-down menu, so you simply have to select the one you need and then type in the IP address which needs to be blocked. If you want to block an entire range, a C-class network for example, you simply need to enter the first 3 octets of the IP and leave the last one blank. That shall block all 254 addresses, so you'll not need to input them by hand. As all the IPs you add in this section shall be listed, you could easily unblock any one of them by clicking the Delete button associated with the given IP.