What's IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? When is it handy?
Once in a while you may have to block certain third parties from accessing your Internet sites. There are a lot of automatic bots which crawl the Internet, for example, and produce fake visits and site traffic. There's also spammers who leave links to questionable websites as comments to site articles. This kind of things can drastically undermine your work, because nobody likes to visit a site with many hundreds of fake comments, also the increased site traffic from both spammers and bots may create high load on the web server where your Internet site is hosted, which can result in your site not working correctly. One of the best solutions in such cases is to block the IP addresses that produce the fake traffic, as a way to make sure that the visits to your website are authentic.
IP Blocking in Web Hosting
If you have a web hosting
account with us and you wish to block one or several IP addresses, you can use the IP Blocking tool, that's included in our in-house built Hepsia CP. Through a pretty simple interface, you can prevent any IP from accessing your content even if you have never had a web hosting account before. All it takes to complete this is to log in to your Control Panel, to go to the IP Blocking section, to select a certain domain or subdomain from a drop-down menu and then to type in the IP address. You will not need to do anything complex if you want to block a whole network - you will just need to omit the last octet, so entering 1.1.1. with a blank space after the last dot will block the entire range from 22.214.171.124 to 126.96.36.199. All blocked IPs shall be listed in the exact same section, so you will be able to remove any one of them from the blacklist with only a click.
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 numerous IP addresses eventually, you'll be able to benefit from the easy-to-use blocking tool, that we have included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. With only a couple of mouse clicks, you will be able to block particular IPs or entire ranges, if needed. All you will have to do is pick any one 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's part of the website, and then type in the IP address you want to block. For an IP range, you simply have to omit the last octet or the last two octets of the address with regards to the size of the network which you want to block. All the addresses that you have restricted will be listed within the exact same section and if you want to whitelist any of them, you'll be able to do it with simply a mouse click anytime.