What is IP blocking and what does it mean for website visitors? In which cases is it handy?
Once in a while you might need to block specific third parties from accessing your Internet sites. There are a number of automatic bots that crawl the Internet, for example, and create fake visits and site traffic. There are also spammers who leave links to shady sites as comments to site articles. Such things can greatly undermine your projects, as nobody likes to visit a website with many hundreds of fake comments, not to mention that the increased site traffic from both spammers and bots could generate high load on the web server where your site is hosted, which may result in your site not working correctly. One of the best solutions in such cases is to block the IPs which create the fake traffic, as a way to make certain that the visits to your website are authentic.
IP Blocking in Cloud Web Hosting
If you buy a cloud web hosting from us, you shall be able to see detailed traffic statistics for all your sites and if you notice that many of the visits to any of them are not real, you may block the IP addresses that have generated the most traffic via our IP Blocking tool. The interface is very simple - select the needed domain or subdomain from a drop-down list, then type in the IP address that you want to block and save the change. All the addresses you have blacklisted will appear in the exact same section of the Control Panel, so you're able to always remove any of them and allow it to access your website again. You'll be able to block whole IP ranges through the tool too - you just have to leave one or two octets from the address blank. As an example, entering 1.2.3. will block all 254 IPs from 126.96.36.199 to 188.8.131.52.