Blocking IP’s From Trying to Log into Your WP Blog

There has been an increase in people attempting to blast into your WordPress site and us bloggers have had to add just one more task to our daily list of things to do; block IP addresses. Previously, I used to block an IP if it were someone I didn’t want accessing my sites due to harassment or for privacy reasons, but now I find myself taking time out of each day to block IP addresses of those from various countries attempting to hack into my blog just for fun. Wishing these people would find a new hobby!

Today I am sharing with you how I utilize a plugin called Wordfence and my HostGator dashboard to ensure each user that attempts a hack is now blocked by IP. Sure this doesn’t stop them forever, as many may be aware, you can change your IP address, but it helps keep my sites a bit safer.

How to Block IP From all Your Sites Using Wordfence and Hostgator

Once you have installed and activated the Wordfence plugin, you will start to received notifications that a user with IP address has been locked out from signing into your account or attempting a password recovery for your site. There is an option to go into the Wordfence plugin to block these IP’s that will come, but I much prefer to place them into my Hostgator dashboard IP Deny Manager because this will block the IP’s from accessing ALL of my sites I have on this hosting account.

How to Block IP From all Your Sites Using Wordfence and Hostgator

Once you log into your Hostgator Cpanel, you will see an area that says IP Deny Manager, click on that and the above screen will show up. Once in this screen, go back to the tab where you have the email open citing the IP address of the user who was been locked from signing into your account. Copy the IP address shared in the email and then come back here to paste the IP Address in the field open for placement of IP. Then click the Add button. Voila! From this point forward, that particular IP address will be banned from seeing/accessing ANY of your websites on this hosting account.

How to Block IP From all Your Sites Using Wordfence and Hostgator

I personally prefer to use the IP Deny Manager in Hostgator Cpanel because it alleviates the IP from having any future access to all of your websites. I have seen success in using IP Deny Manager.

If you or anyone you know would like to have this task handled by a Blogger Assistant, please do contact me directly through my business website. I will happily provide you with a weekly or month quote for me to provide you with this service, thus opening your time up for more important networking/marketing tasks!

 

HostGator, No Access & Finally Back

Okay seriously, I am back, and working on getting more content. I had scheduled one post a day for the rest of the week but had other topics to address! The issue? I ended up getting LOCKED OUT of my admin, so I could not do anything except FTP my blog, well after having my hosting account, HostGator go through my site a few times and remove malicious code that had been placed within my sites on hosting, I am now back up and ready to get moving forward.

If anyone has anti-virus software please scan your computer. I use Comcast internet and downloaded the free Norton Antivirus you can get when being a customer with them, scanned my computer and nothing is on mine. I visit my blog DAILY, multiple times a DAY so if I have nothing I would assume you got nothing from my blog either, but just to be safe please scan your computer!

That’s it … all is back to the regularly scheduled program!

HostGator ROCKS!

Happy Reading!

Having Your Own Website or Self Hosted Blog

When I first started blogging I chose to start with Blogger because it was free and a great place to start blogging. When I helped my Dad get started on his blog he chose to go with WordPress.com. There are a variety of free platforms to start a blog with but what happens when  you are ready to start getting bigger and focusing on SEO? Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is very important if you are looking to reach a specific audience.

When you decide to make the switch from free blogging or website platforms to self hosted you must have web hosting. Having a hosting account allows you to use services like I do, WordPress.org with a domain name that you can work to get listed on search engines, add plugins to boost interaction between comments on site and so much more. I am not sure what cPanel Web Hosting is but I believe I have access to a cPanel in my hosting account which allows for easier use by someone such as myself who is new to dealing with hosting accounts.

I am not a website designer, I have not been trained to deal with hosting accounts but through two years of playing with my own blogs and setting up multiple client sites on WordPress.org I have slowly navigated myself through self taught directions. I think it’s best to have a self hosted blog because it simply opens you up to more options and more exposure in the end.

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