What is IP blocking and what does it mean for site visitors? When is it useful?
If you notice a large increase in the online traffic to your site and in case after you check the visitor statistics it turns out that it comes from places across the world or from other web servers, your site is most likely being attacked by an automatic bot. Such programs go through random Internet sites seeking 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 provided. Regrettably, this is something quite popular nowadays, but if you know the IP addresses through which the attacks come, you'll be able to block them, so the bots will not be able to access your Internet site in any way. Naturally, you'll be able to block IPs even if you allow only people from certain countries to access your website.
IP Blocking in Cloud Website Hosting
If you have a cloud website hosting
account with our company and you wish to block one or a few IP addresses, you can use the IP Blocking tool, that is integrated into our in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. Using a really simple interface, you could stop any IP from accessing your content even if you have not had a web hosting account before. All it requires to perform this is to log in to your Control Panel, to go to the IP Blocking section, to pick a particular domain or subdomain from a drop-down menu and then to type in the IP address. You won't need to do anything difficult if you want to block a whole network - you will just have to omit the last octet, so entering 1.1.1. with a blank space after the last dot will block the entire range from 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168. All blocked IPs will be listed within the same exact section, so you'll be able to remove any of them from the blacklist with just a mouse click.
IP Blocking in Semi-dedicated Servers
The Hepsia hosting CP, which comes with our semi-dedicated servers
, will allow you to solve the matter with unwanted traffic very easily and quickly. It comes with an IP blocking tool where you may add IP addresses with a couple of mouse clicks. All domains and subdomains that you have within the account shall be listed in a drop-down menu, so you simply have to select the one you need and then enter the IP address which should be blocked. If you wish to block a whole range, a C-class network for example, you just have to input the first 3 octets of the IP and leave the last one blank. That will block all 254 addresses, so you will not have to type in them manually. As all the IPs you add in this section shall be listed, you may quickly unblock any of them by clicking the Delete button associated with the given IP.