Every now and then you might need to block certain third parties from accessing your sites. There are a number of automatic bots that crawl the Internet, for instance, and produce fake visits and online traffic. Additionally, there are spammers that leave links to shady sites as comments to blog articles. This kind of things could significantly undermine your work, because nobody likes to visit an Internet site with hundreds of fake comments, plus the increased website traffic from both spammers and bots can generate high load on the server in which your website is hosted, which may result in the site not working correctly. Among the most effective solutions in cases like this is to block the IP addresses that create the fake traffic, in order to be sure that the visits to your website are legitimate.
IP Blocking in Shared Hosting
If you purchase a Linux shared hosting package
from our company, you will be able to see in depth traffic stats for all your websites and if you notice that a considerable amount of the visits to any of them are not real, you'll be able to block the IP addresses that have generated the most traffic using our IP Blocking tool. The interface is extremely simple - choose the needed domain or subdomain from a drop-down list, then type the IP address that you'd like to block and save the change. All the addresses which you have blacklisted will appear inside the very same section of the Control Panel, so you can always remove any of them and enable it to access your site again. You'll be able to block whole IP ranges via the tool as well - you just need to leave 1 or 2 octets from the address blank. For example, entering 1.2.3. will block all 254 IPs from 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Hosting
If you host your Internet sites inside a semi-dedicated server
account with our company and you want to block one or a number of IP addresses sooner or later, you can leverage the easy-to-use blocking tool, that we've included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. With only a couple of clicks, you will be able to block specific IPs or whole ranges, if needed. All you shall need to do is pick out any of your domains or subdomains from a drop-down menu, choose if the blocking should be valid for the root folder or for a subfolder that is part of the website, and then type the IP address that you would like to block. For an IP range, you only need to omit the last octet or the last two octets of the address with regards to the size of the network that you want to block. Each of the addresses you have restricted will be listed in the same section and if you would like to whitelist any of them, you'll be able to do it with just a click anytime.