From time to time you may need to block particular third parties from accessing your websites. There are a lot of automatic bots which crawl the Internet, for instance, and create fake visits and site traffic. There are also spammers that leave links to shady websites as comments to site articles. Such things can greatly undermine your projects, as no one likes to visit a site with hundreds of fake comments, plus the increased site traffic from both spammers and bots may create high load on the web server on which your site is hosted, that can result in the site not working properly. Among the most effective solutions in this case is to block the IPs which create the fake traffic, so as to be sure that the visits to your site are authentic.
IP Blocking in Website Hosting
If you get a website hosting from us, you will be able to see in depth traffic statistics for all of your sites and if you notice that a lot of the visits to each of them aren't real, you can block the IP addresses that have created the most traffic using our IP Blocking tool. The interface is quite simple - select 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 that you have blacklisted will show up in the very same section of the Control Panel, so that you can always remove any one of them and permit it to access your website again. You could block whole IP ranges using the tool as well - you just need to leave 1 or 2 octets from the address blank. As an example, entering 1.2.3. will block all 254 IPs from 1.2.3.1 to 1.2.3.255.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you host your sites inside a semi-dedicated server account with us and you need to block one or several IP addresses sooner or later, you may use the easy-to-use blocking tool, which we've supplied with our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. With several mouse clicks, you'll be able to block specific IPs or entire ranges, if necessary. All you'll have to do is pick any of your domains or subdomains from a drop-down menu, choose if the blocking must be valid for the root folder or for a subfolder that is part of the website, and then enter the IP address that you'd like to block. For an IP range, you just need to omit the last octet or the last two octets of the address in accordance with the size of the network which you want to block. Each of the addresses you have restricted will be listed inside the exact same section and if you wish to whitelist any one of them, you will be able to do it with simply a click at any time.