What is IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? When is it handy?
One of the most efficient methods to limit the access to your Internet site is to block the IP addresses of those that shouldn't be able to open it. There are many reasons to do this. For example, you may want a certain individual not to be able to see your website, or you can restrict the access for an entire country. You can even block IP addresses in case you discover that there are too many browser requests from them, if a huge number of spam comments are left on your sites or if a script login page has been loaded many times. In any of these scenarios, the traffic is more than likely fake and has been created by an automatic bot, so you may safely block any suspicious IP address, so as to be on the safe side. This way, you shall also avoid the prospect of your web server getting overloaded by many fake requests.
IP Blocking in Cloud Web Hosting
Our Linux cloud web hosting packages
include an IP blocking tool, so in case you want to restrict the access to your sites, it shall be able to do this with simply a few mouse clicks. The tool is provided with the Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with all accounts and that is quite simple to use. As soon as you log in and visit the IP blocking section, you shall just need to select a domain or a subdomain hosted in the account and type the IP address which should be blocked. Our system will allow you to block entire networks too, so if you input 123.123.123., for example, this shall block all IP addresses between 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 from accessing your Internet sites. If you would like to whitelist an IP at some point, you can unblock it with just a click from the same section.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your Internet sites inside a semi-dedicated server
account with us and you need to block one or a number of IP addresses at some point, you can use the easy-to-use blocking tool, which we've supplied with our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. With just several clicks, you will be able to block individual IPs or whole ranges, if required. All you'll have to do is select any of your domains or subdomains from a drop-down menu, decide if the blocking must be valid for the root folder or for a subfolder that is part of the website, and then input the IP address you want to block. For an IP range, you simply need to omit the last octet or the last 2 octets of the address based on the size of the network you want to block. Each of the addresses which you have restricted shall be listed within the same section and if you would like to whitelist any of them, you'll be able to do it with only a click at any time.