What is IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? In which cases is it useful?
In case you notice a considerable increase in the traffic to your site and in case after you look at the visitor statistics it turns out that it comes from places around the world or from other servers, your site is most likely being attacked by an automatic bot. Such programs go through random sites attempting to log in to their administration area using a brute-force attack or to leave spam comments beneath any article where this sort of an option is offered. Unfortunately, this is something quite frequent these days, but if you know the IP addresses through which the attacks come, you can block them, so the bots will be unable to access your Internet site in any way. Naturally, you are able to block IPs even if you allow only people from particular countries to access your website.
IP Blocking in Shared Website Hosting
If you buy a Linux shared website hosting
from us, you shall be able to see comprehensive traffic statistics for all your sites and if you notice that many of the visits to each of them aren't legit, you may block the IP addresses that have generated the most traffic through our IP Blocking tool. The interface is very simple - select 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 same section of the Control Panel, allowing you to always remove any one of them and permit it to access your website again. You could block whole IP ranges using the tool as well - you just need to leave one or two octets from the address blank. For example, entering 1.2.3. will block all 254 IPs from 184.108.40.206 to 220.127.116.11.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Hosting
The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, provided with our Linux semi-dedicated hosting
, will permit you to solve the issue with unwanted traffic very quickly and easily. It comes with an IP blocking tool where you could add IP addresses with only a couple of clicks. All domains and subdomains that you have inside the account will be listed in a drop-down menu, so you only need to pick the one you need and then enter the IP address which has to be blocked. If you would like to block an entire range, a C-class network for example, you just have to enter the first three octets of the IP and leave the last one blank. This will block all 254 addresses, so you will not need to input them by hand. Because all the IPs you include in this section shall be listed, you can easily unblock any of them by clicking the Delete button related to the given IP.