What's IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? In which cases is it handy?
One of the most efficient ways to restrict the access to your Internet site is to block the IP addresses of the individuals that should not be able to open it. There are various reasons to do that. For example, you may want a particular person not to be able to see your site, or you can restrict the access for a whole country. You could also block IP addresses in case you notice that there are lots of Internet browser requests from them, if a large number of spam comments are left on your sites or if a script login page has been loaded a large number of times. In any of these cases, the traffic is most probably fake and has been produced by an automatic bot, so you could safely block any shady IP address, in order to be on the safe side. That way, you'll also steer clear of the chance of your web server getting overloaded by way too many fake requests.
IP Blocking in Web Hosting
Our web hosting
come with an IP blocking tool, so in case you would like to limit the access to your sites, it shall be able to do this with simply several clicks. The tool is part of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel, which comes with all accounts and that is super easy to use. When you log in and visit the IP blocking section, you will just need to choose a domain or a subdomain hosted within the account and type in the IP address that needs to be blocked. Our system will enable you to block whole networks also, so if you enter 123.123.123., for example, this shall block all IP addresses between 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206 from accessing your websites. If you would like to whitelist an IP at some point, you'll be able to unblock it with a click from the same section.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your Internet sites within a semi-dedicated server
account with us and you would like to block one or several IP addresses sooner or later, you could take advantage of the easy-to-use blocking tool, that we have provided with our in-house built Hepsia hosting CP. With a couple of clicks, you'll be able to block certain IPs or entire ranges, if required. All you'll need to do is select any 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 which is part of the Internet site, and then input the IP address that you'd like to block. For an IP range, you simply have to omit the last octet or the last two octets of the address depending on the size of the network which you want to block. All the addresses you have restricted will be listed in the same exact section and if you want to whitelist any of them, you shall be able to do it with a click whenever you want.