What is IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? In which cases is it helpful?
If you see a significant increase in the online traffic to your Internet site and if after you look at the visitor stats it turns out that it comes from areas all over the world or from other web servers, your site is most likely being attacked by an automatic bot. Those programs go through random websites trying to log in to their admin area by using a brute-force attack or to leave spam comments beneath every article where this sort of an option is provided. Unfortunately, that is something relatively frequent in recent times, but if you know the IP addresses through which the attacks come, you can block them, so the bots shall not be able to access your website 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 Shared Hosting
Our Linux shared hosting
come with an IP blocking tool, so if you want to restrict the access to your Internet sites, you will be able to do this with just a few clicks. The tool is included with the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with all accounts and that is quite simple to use. When you log in and visit the IP blocking section, you will just need to pick a domain or a subdomain hosted within the account and type the IP address that needs to be blocked. Our system enables you to block entire networks as well, so if you type in 123.123.123., for example, this shall block all IP addresses between 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 from accessing your websites. If you would like to whitelist an IP at some point, you may unblock it with a mouse click from the same section.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting Control Panel, offered with our Linux semi-dedicated servers
, will enable you to solve the issue with unwanted traffic very easily and quickly. It incorporates an IP blocking tool in which you can add IP addresses with just a few clicks. All domains and subdomains that you have within the account shall be listed in a drop-down menu, so you simply have to choose the one you need and then type the IP address that needs to be blocked. If you would like to block a whole range, a C-class network for example, you simply need to input the first 3 octets of the IP and leave the last one blank. This will block all 254 addresses, so you'll not need to input them manually. As all the IPs that you include in this section will be listed, you can very easily unblock any of them by clicking the Delete button related to the given IP.