What's IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? When is it helpful?
If you notice a considerable increase in the traffic to your Internet site and in case after you look into the visitor stats it turns out that it comes from areas all over the world or from other servers, your site is more than likely being attacked by an automatic bot. These programs go through random Internet sites trying to log in to their admin area using a brute-force attack or to leave spam comments under any sort of article where such an option is offered. However, that is something quite common lately, but if you know the IP addresses from which the attacks come, you can block them, so the bots will be unable to access your website in any way. Certainly, you may block IPs even if you allow only people from certain countries to access your Internet site.
IP Blocking in Shared Hosting
If you have a shared hosting
account with our company and you would like to block one or a few IP addresses, you can use the IP Blocking tool, that is incorporated into our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. By using a rather simple interface, you could prevent any IP from accessing your content even if you have never had a web hosting account before. All it requires to complete this is to log in to your CP, to check out the IP Blocking section, to choose a specific domain or subdomain from a drop-down menu and then to input the IP address. You will not need to do anything difficult if you want to block a whole network - you'll just need to omit the last octet, so entering 1.1.1. with a blank space after the last dot will block the entire range from 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124. All blocked IPs will be listed inside the same exact section, so you'll be able to remove any of them from the blacklist with only a click.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with our semi-dedicated servers
, will enable you to solve the problem with unwanted traffic very quickly and easily. It features an IP blocking tool where you may add IP addresses with just several clicks. All domains and subdomains which you have inside the account will be listed in a drop-down menu, so you simply have to select the one you need and then enter the IP address that has to be blocked. If you wish to block an entire range, a C-class network for example, you simply need to type the first three octets of the IP and leave the last one blank. This shall block all 254 addresses, so you'll not have to type them manually. Because all the IPs that you include in this section will be listed, you can easily unblock any one of them by clicking the Delete button associated with the particular IP.