What is IP blocking and what does it mean for site visitors? When is it useful?
One of the most productive ways to limit the access to your site is to block the IP addresses of individuals that should not be able to open it. There are various reasons why you should do this. For example, you may want a particular individual not to be able to see your site, or you may restrict the access for a whole state. You can even block IP addresses in case you detect that there are too many browser requests from them, if a lot of spam comments are left on your sites or if a script login page has been loaded a large number of times. In all of these scenarios, the traffic is most probably fake and has been created by an automatic bot, so you can safely block any suspicious IP address, so as to be on the safe side. That way, you'll also avoid the chance of your server getting overloaded by too many fake requests.
IP Blocking in Shared Website Hosting
Our Linux shared website hosting
feature an IP blocking tool, so in case you would like to limit the access to your websites, it shall be able to do this with a couple of mouse clicks. The tool is part of the Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with all accounts and that is super easy to use. When you log in and check out the IP blocking section, you will just need to choose a domain or a subdomain hosted within the account and input the IP address that should be blocked. Our system will allow you to block entire networks as well, so if you type in 123.123.123., for example, this will 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 could unblock it with just a mouse click from the same section.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Our semi-dedicated server
accounts feature a very simple-to-use IP blocking tool, that'll permit you to prohibit individual IPs or even whole networks from accessing your websites with justseveral clicks and you shall not have any troubles to do that even if that's your first web hosting account. When you visit the IP Blocking section of the Hepsia CP, you will just have to pick the domain or subdomain you need from a drop-down list, then input the IP address in a box that you will see there and you will be all set. To prohibit the access for an entire network, you must leave one or more octets blank. For instance, if you type in 123.123. and do not input anything inside the third and fourth positions, our server will deny requests from all IP addresses between 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199.