What is IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? In which cases is it handy?
Once in a while you may have to block certain third parties from accessing your sites. There are a number of automatic bots which crawl the Internet, for instance, and generate fake visits and website traffic. There are spammers that leave links to shady websites as comments to blog articles. This sort of things may drastically undermine your hard work, since nobody likes to visit an Internet site with many fake comments, furthermore the increased traffic from both spammers and bots can generate high load on the server on which your website is hosted, which could result in your site not functioning properly. Among the most effective solutions in this case is to block the IP addresses that generate the fake traffic, in order to ensure that the visits to your website are legitimate.
IP Blocking in Cloud Website Hosting
If you get a Linux cloud website hosting
from us, you'll be able to see in depth traffic stats for all your websites and if you notice that a large amount of the visits to any of them are not authentic, you can block the IP addresses which have generated the most traffic using our IP Blocking tool. The interface is very simple - pick the needed domain or subdomain from a drop-down list, then input the IP address you want to block and save the change. All of the addresses which you have blacklisted will appear inside the very same section of the Control Panel, so you can always remove any of them and permit it to access your site again. You are able to block entire IP ranges via the tool also - you simply need to leave one or two octets from the address blank. For example, entering 1.2.3. will block all 254 IPs from 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your sites inside a semi-dedicated server
account with our company and you need to block one or several IP addresses eventually, you'll be able to benefit from the easy-to-use blocking tool, that we have supplied with our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. With just several clicks, you'll be able to block particular IPs or entire ranges, if required. All you'll need to do is pick any of your domains or subdomains from a drop-down menu, decide if the blocking should be valid for the root folder or for a subfolder which is part of the site, and then type the IP address that you want to block. For an IP range, you only have to omit the last octet or the last 2 octets of the address in accordance with the size of the network which you want to block. All of the addresses you have restricted will be listed within the exact same section and if you want to whitelist any of them, you will be able to do it with a mouse click whenever you want.