What is IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? In which cases is it useful?
If you notice a major 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 globe or from other servers, your Internet site is most likely being attacked by an automatic bot. These pieces of software go through random websites aiming to log in to their administration area by using a brute-force attack or to leave spam comments below any sort of article where this kind of an option is provided. However, this is something rather frequent lately, but if you know the IP addresses through which the attacks come, you could block them, so the bots won't be able to access your Internet site in any way. Of course, you may block IPs even if you allow only people from certain countries to access your Internet site.
IP Blocking in Shared Web Hosting
If you get a shared web hosting from us, you'll be able to see detailed traffic statistics for all your sites and if you notice that a considerable amount of the visits to any of them aren't authentic, you can block the IP addresses which have created the most traffic by using our IP Blocking tool. The interface is quite simple - select the needed domain or subdomain from a drop-down list, then input the IP address you want to block and save the change. All the addresses you have blacklisted will show up in the exact same section of the Control Panel, so that you can always remove any of them and allow it to access your website again. You'll be able to block entire IP ranges using the tool too - you simply need to leave 1 or 2 octets from the address blank. For instance, entering 1.2.3. will block all 254 IPs from 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124.