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iQ Block Country

Block visitors from countries you don't want on your website. Based on which country an ip address is from.

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1 star
Doesn't work. Get a free CDN instead!
By , for WP 3.9.1

(As the previous reviewer said) this plugin is of no use.
Anyhow even if it may be working on your hosting there a thing you must consider: the block doesn't prevent a server load. This means that your hosting still gets all the traffic from blocked countries.

However, a free CDN account (CloudFlare, Incapsula, etc) supports country blocking so this means that it's way better than using the plugin because the block occurs before your website gets hit (you avoid all that traffic). Also you can block bad bots and any search engines you wish (do you really need Russian and Chinese search engines making hundreds of page loads per day? Btw: Analytics doesn't show search engine traffic so we just don't know how much load the bots really put on our website. P.S. CDN will show you all this data with ability to block any abusive search bot or IP. My hosting provider says that the traffic dropped by 80%.)

I ditched the plugin and registered a free CDN account and I'm never going back to any blocking plugins. The CDN is my traffic and security manager and it does the job just perfectly.

1 star
idea is great but does not work
By , for WP 3.9.1

Hi Guys

I like the idea, I like the interface but it works 50% of times. Even IP specified in the black list would still be able to access. I have tried it extensively for days and had to deactivate it this morning as I was once again thrown out of my frontend. The other day he prevent me from accessing my backend, which is kind of annoying, I tried with 7 VPN servers from USA to Canada, through Netherlands, etc. it does not work. So I had to tweak my DB in order to gain access again.

It just does not work. Until a major upgrade, do not waste your time here.

I have no cache plugin, using WP 3.9.1, and have updated the IP database 1 billions times.

1 star
Totally shut down my website
By , for WP 3.9.1

It has been build with good intention to help people out as free.
He spent time to develop this plugin. For that reason I have to thank him.

How ever, even I use my own IP on white list. I couldn't get a access to see my finish work online.

As developer writes, it is not compatible with some cache plugin.
I think this was the for me.

Unfortunately I end up uninstalling it.

1 star
Broke site.
By , for WP 3.8.2

Make sure you know how to...

4. De-activate all the plugins via PHPMyAdmin
Some plugins will alter tables in your WordPress database when you activate them. As a result your blog might keep crashing even after you delete the plugins via FTP.
If that is the case, you will need to log into cPanel, and open the PHPMyAdmin interface. Then select the WordPress database, and browse inside the “wp-options” table. Look for the “active_plugins” column, and edit it. Inside the “options_value” field you will find something like this:
a:31:{i:0;s:13:"AddMySite.php";i:1;s:19:"akismet/akismet.php";
i:2;s:23:"all_in_one_seo_pack.php";i:3;s:16:"authenticate.php";
i:4;s:28:"breadcrumb-navigation-xt.php";i:5;s:18:
"codeautoescape.php";i:6;s:37:
These lines represent the active plugins in your blog (you can read more on this issue here). Delete them all and save. This should automatically de-activate every plugin. Now check if your blog is live again, and if the admin area is working. They should be.

Read this article before you install!

I blocked all countries (-USA) from accessing the backend. Plus I selectively blocked some countries from accessing front end. It was down in a matter of minutes!

Site was BigTenRentals.com

-Aaron

1 star
Does.Not.Work.At.All
By , for WP 3.5.1

Useless.

1 star
Doesn't work
By , for WP 3.5.1

I have installed it on my site running Genesis framework and child themes and am still getting brute force attacks from China, Russia and others that I've blocked. Don't know why but it doesn't work for me.

1 star
Doesn't work
By ,

Doesn't work. Junk.

1 star
Doesn't Block Countries Anymore
By , for WP 3.4.2

Just noticed that this stopped being functional.

1 star
IQ block countries dosn't work !!!
By ,

Dosn't work on any wordpress version

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