What's IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? When is it useful?
One of the most efficient ways to restrict the access to your site is to block the IP addresses of the individuals which should not be able to open it. There are several reasons why you should do this. As an illustration, you may want a certain person not to be able to see your Internet site, or you may limit the access for a whole country. You can also block IP addresses in case you discover that there are too many browser requests from them, if many spam comments are left in your sites or if a script login page has been loaded a lot of times. In each of these cases, the traffic is more than likely fake and has been generated by an automatic bot, so you can safely block any suspicious IP address, so as to be on the safe side. This way, you shall also steer clear of the prospect of your server getting overloaded by too many fake requests.
IP Blocking in Web Hosting
Our Linux web hosting packages
include an IP blocking tool, so if you would like to restrict the access to your websites, you will be able to do this with only several mouse clicks. The tool is part of the Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with all accounts and that is quite simple to use. As soon as you log in and go to the IP blocking section, you shall just need to select a domain or a subdomain hosted within the account and type in the IP address which needs to be blocked. Our system enables you to block entire networks too, so if you type 123.123.123., for instance, this'll block all IP addresses between 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 from accessing your websites. If you wish to whitelist an IP at some point, you could unblock it with simply a mouse click from the same section.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your Internet sites inside a semi-dedicated server
account with our company and you would like to block one or a number of IP addresses at some point, you may leverage the easy-to-use blocking tool, that we have included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. With only several clicks, you shall be able to block individual IPs or whole ranges, if necessary. All you'll need to do is pick out any one of your domains or subdomains from a drop-down menu, select if the blocking must be valid for the root folder or for a subfolder that's part of the Internet site, and then type the IP address that you would like to block. For an IP range, you only have to omit the last octet or the last 2 octets of the address with regards to the size of the network that you want to block. Each of the addresses that you've restricted will be listed within the same section and if you would like to whitelist any one of them, you'll be able to do it with just a mouse click at any time.