What's IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? In which cases is it helpful?
If you notice a considerable increase in the traffic to your website and in case after you examine the visitor stats it turns out that it comes from countries around the world or from other web servers, your website is more than likely being attacked by an automatic bot. These programs go through random sites trying to log in to their admin area by using a brute-force attack or to leave spam comments below any article where this type of an option is available. The fact is that, that is something relatively common nowadays, but if you know the IP addresses through which the attacks come, you'll be able to block them, so the bots shall not be able to access your site in any way. Of course, you may block IPs even if you allow only people from specific countries to access your website.
IP Blocking in Cloud Hosting
If you get a cloud plan
from us, you will be able to see detailed traffic statistics for all of your websites and if you notice that a large amount of the visits to each of them are not legit, you are able to block the IP addresses that have generated the most traffic using our IP Blocking tool. The interface is incredibly simple - pick the needed domain or subdomain from a drop-down list, then type the IP address you want to block and save the change. All the addresses that you've blacklisted shall appear inside the same exact section of the CP, so you can always remove any one of them and permit it to access your website again. You could block whole IP ranges through the tool too - 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 188.8.131.52 to 184.108.40.206.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Servers
Our semi-dedicated server
accounts include a rather simple-to-use IP blocking tool, which will allow you to prohibit individual IPs or even entire networks from accessing your sites with justa couple of clicks and you shall not have any problems to accomplish that even if that's your first website hosting account. As soon as you go to the IP Blocking section of the Hepsia Control Panel, you will just need to select the domain or subdomain you want from a drop-down list, then type the IP address in a box that you will see there and you will be all set. To limit the access for a whole network, you'll have to leave one or more octets blank. For example, if you type 123.123. and don't enter anything in the third and fourth positions, our server shall deny requests from all IP addresses between 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168.