So you have your website up and running, but for one reason or another, you want to block a country IP address. If you are at a loss when it comes to blocking certain countries or IP addresses from accessing your website, then you are in the right place. Today, I will show you how to easily accomplish this by using a smooth, lightweight plugin that is easy to configure.
What is an IP Address?
As simple as I can put it, an IP address is a unique string of numbers that is separated by periods. These numbers are used to identify computers using the Internet Protocol to connect and communicate over a network.
If we break it down even more and make it easier to understand, an IP address is actually a label. This label is used to identify all types of devices on a computer network, like the Internet.
Think of it as a postal address, except for computers. The number is written in binary, and it can tell someone where a device is accessing the web. Each address has two parts. One part specifies the computer or group of computers, while the other part specifies the network.
Why Block Country IP Addresses?
Actually, blocking IP addresses is not limited to countries. You may want to block a number of IP addresses for one reason or another. The thing is, sometimes you want to block a country IP range because you simply don’t have a website that is tailored toward that area of the world.
Other times you may want to block IP addresses for more personal reasons. Here are some good examples.
Say you own a local store and your primary market is locally and throughout your state. There is no need to allow other countries to index or waste bandwidth on your server. You simply want your site accessible to your market.
Or, in another case you may run a personal, or private website. This could include a family blog or a private members-only site that you want to restrict traffic. Using WordPress to block an IP is ideal here as well.
Perhaps you may want to ban or block IP addresses that are known for spamming, mining, data, or hack attempts.
Whatever your reason may be, there is a fantastic plugin we are going to go over that will allow you to easily block a country IP address. It will also allow you to block any IP address for that matter.
Let’s take a look at the plugin and see what all it does.
WP GEO Website Protection
The WP GEO IP Blocking plugin gives website owners the ability to limit and block countries IPs in WordPress. The plugin is chocked full of features and allows you to easily restrict access to website content how you see fit.
Once the plugin is installed, you will be able to restrict content as well as enable or disable visitors from certain countries from accessing your website. Have you been looking for a simple solution to block country IP addresses? Well, this is it.
WP GEO Blocking comes with a lot of features. Some of the main ones include:
- Ability to ban visitors from countries you select.
- Block IP addresses that are characterized by hack attempts and Spam.
- Ban visitors to your backend login page.
- Ban IP addresses that are using brute force password hack attempts.
- Allow certain IP addresses from countries you have blocked.
- Presents graphs of blocked countries.
- Totally free to use.
If you are looking for an easy to use and easy to setup solution for blocking country IP addresses, then WP GEO Blocking is a great choice.
Let’s take a look at how to install the plugin and get it going on your WordPress website.
Install and Activate Plugin
In order to start blocking country IP addresses, you first need to install and activate the plugin. You can do that by navigating over to the Plugins page in your WordPress admin dashboard.
Simply search the name of the plugin to access it.
Once the plugin has been installed and activated, click on the “GEO Protection” menu link. You will see it pop up on the left side menu of your dashboard.
This takes you to the main settings for the plugin. Here, we will go through what is available together and get the plugin going on your website.
Setup GEO Blocking Plugin
At this point, you should be on the main page settings for the plugin. You will see that there are 6 tab-like links available to go through and configure. These include:
- Front End Protection
- Back End Protection
- Get Redirect
- Customize and Style
- Settings and Support
Let’s go through these together and get you up and running with the plugin.
Note: There will be some other offers made available to you. These are add-ons, as well as a paid version of the plugin. You can access those and upgrade if you want. This tutorial is based on the free download available to use.
Front End Protection
From here, you simply enable or disable front end protection according to what you prefer.
Back End Protection
Same as frontend protection. Enable this or disable according to your needs and then let’s move on to the next tab.
The plugin also allows you to redirect IP addresses if you choose. In this tab you will see a list of countries. If you want to redirect, then fill in the URL you want them to be redirected to.
Scroll down a little more on this page where you see countries listed in alphabetical order.
You can view all your blocked country IP activity in the charts and graphs under this tab. Once you start adding IP addresses and countries to block, then data will auto-fill these charts.
Customize and Style
There won’t be much available here for the free version. Feel free to check it out anyway and see what you may want to do.
Settings and Support
Lastly, you can add your registration code here if you have the paid version. You get access to a couple of other settings and are able to contact the support for the plugin when needed.
That’s it, the plugin is now installed and configured and should be set up the way you like. It is now up and running and you should have a lot more control over who sees your website and who doesn’t.
If you have the right plugin and know how to use it, then having the ability to block country IP addresses is not difficult. If you don’t want certain people accessing your website content, then the WP GEO Website Protection plugin is exactly what you need.
Not only will you be able to be more private with your site, but you can also get setup done with just a few clicks of a button. Now you can block and redirect IP addresses from anywhere in the world the way you see fit.
Have you ever tried to block an IP address using another process? Have you found that things run smoother on your website if you can block IP addresses?
Author: Jeremy Holcombe
Growing up in Hawaii, Jeremy started his freelance writing career doing resumes, business plans, article writing, and everything in between. He now specializes in online marketing and content writing and is part of the Content Marketing Team at GreenGeeks.