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iQ Block Country

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


70 reviews
Average Rating
3.9 out of 5 stars
Works very well !!
By ,

I installed on two sites and works very well.

Able to block spam from Ukraine and Russia where the hacking attempts were being made.

Highly recommended.

Doesn't work out of the box
By , for WP 4.1.1

After install, it said this, so not user friendly:
The MaxMind GeoIP database does not exist. Please download this file manually or if you wish to use the GeoIP API get an API key from: http://geoip.webence.nl/
Please download the database from: http://geolite.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/GeoLiteCountry/GeoIP.dat.gz unzip the file and afterwards upload it to the following location: /home/content/24/9036524/html/wp-content/uploads/GeoIP.dat
If you also use IPv6 please also download the database from: http://geolite.maxmind.com/download/geoip/database/GeoIPv6.dat.gz unzip the file and afterwards upload it to the following location: /home/content/24/9036524/html/wp-content/uploads/GeoIPv6.dat
For more detailed instructions take a look at the documentation..

So then I went to the instructions, tried them, then got this after uploading:
“GeoIPv6.dat” has failed to upload due to an error
Sorry, this file type is not permitted for security reasons.

On top of that, when I did get this working, it only allows you to "block countries" rather than "allow countries" i.e. just allow the U.S. and block all others. There are over 200 countries... I don't wanna have to add 200 countries!

Best GEO IP Blocked Period
By , for WP 4.1.1

Just WOW. I followed the instructions on how to install and it works as a charm. You can tested by trying to access your website using different proxy servers from china, germany and so on.

This is the link dummmy:

Find a proxy server from the country you are having issues and test it. You will see that i will block the entrance. Same you can do with the allowed countries.

Also, if you don't upload the Database, you does the plugin supposed to know the IPs of the visitors.

If you are having issues with this plugin, I think you should not post bad things about it but rather read the instructions on how to use it.

1st of all, It is freaking free
2nd I don't think you have technical knowledge so please restrain yourself from leaving such stupid message.
3rd the plugin does what it advertise. I have no idea why you are crying for?
Only ungrateful people cry like you.

I'm an IT engineer and I certified this plugin work 100% and it gives you for free what word fender wants to charge you premium for.

Dont listen to dumbass on and install this amazing piece of engineer pronto. It will keep the unwanted countries nicely blocked.

I dont have access to my website anymore
By , for WP 4.1.1

I just activate this plugin and my website failed. Now I need to search in the FTP for the reasons!!!

Why are you doing that to me???

Good plugin
By , for WP 4.1.1

I had some trouble with chinese hackers and I was short before to type every Chinese IP-Subnet to my firewall. But this is much easier, may be not so secure like already block with the firewall, but it safes a lot of time.
Go one! May publish an Guide how der User can add a file witch bring back the autouploader feature without getting removed from the Plugin Archive.

Is blocking Google
By , for WP 4.1

The plugin is blocking Google. Although I have search engines all on white list, I faced by testing my site with GG rich data tool and answer for all sites I was testing of my page "URL is not valid" that the plugin is is really blocking Google IP's;;;

which are all in blaclist on wpd_iqblock_logging.

Better you don't block the country US, if you don't want to be punished from search engines ;-)

Iffy plugin - sometimes works, other times blocks random countries
By , for WP 4.0.1

We are in 2 countries, U.S. and Spain. Randomly we and site visitors from these countries will be blocked, but then the site will be accessible a minute later. Can't have this.

Also, you have to add all other countries manually to the list - there is not a "check all" and them remove what you want in the list.

Too many random blocks to rely on.

Another way to block/redirect with this plugin
By , for WP 4.1

Personally, I don't like to show that I'm doing any sort of blocking, Especially what I'm blocking or how I'm going about it (Like by IP or Country for example). I'm not a fan of the 401 or 403 responses!

However, this plugin does give an additional option of redirecting users to another page on your site. It'd be nice if it could allow you to redirect to another site all together... But this is still entirely doable!

I created a non-advertized (hidden / not in any menu / whatever) "Site Unavailable" page with a unique slug or path "site.com/site_unavailable" for example. You can add some classy text to the page if you want... I've then configured all banned countries to be redirected to this page. Then I added the below code to the top of my root .htaccess file:

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteRule ^site_unavailable.*$ https://www.google.com/ [R=301,L]

So now when a user in a banned Country tries to go to my site, they'll be redirected to the "Site Unavailable" page which will in turn immediately redirect them to {For Example:}Google, off of and away from my site with no 401-403 response or any block notice.

I used Google as an example; but you can put whatever URL you want (Competitor website maybe?) or even a URL that doesn't exist... Anyway, nice plugin that does an important job. Thanks!

Great plugin, works great!
By , for WP 4.1

Not really sure why some people are saying this plugin is terrible - I've tried all the other unpaid alternatives, and this is the best.

I was getting backend hack attempts about 1-5 times a day, and a LOT of comment spam. When I started using IQBlock this dropped down dramatically - sometimes one attempt a week, sometimes you get a small flurry of a few at once and nothing for 3-4 days. When I started it I didn't get hack attempts for weeks! So it's definitely working. I was desperately adding all of them into Wordfence as IP ranges...which took hours. This just works.

It's not 100% but that's not the plugin's fault - it's MaxMind's free database and that I think hackers register new/fringe IP addresses in IP blocks they know aren't on the database yet. But it's certainly catches 80-90% which is good enough for me, I have Wordfence for the rest.

And when I blocked China from the frontend along with Ukraine, the spam went down greatly - sorry China, but I worked out (using another older plugin called Block Top Spammers that lists the top ones) that all the spam was coming from you!

Only one thing which I think have been fixed which might not have helped - database didn't download automatically in previous versions, and is only every month so when I get sudden uptick in hacks I go and manually click 'Download Database' for both. This seems to stop them for a bit.

Awesome plugin, works great! Thank You to the Developers..
By , for WP 4.1

Awesome plugin, it truly works great!

For the past month or so I’ve been blocking on average 100-200 failed login attempts a day. Since installing this plugin when
wordfence alerts me of a failed login attemt and provides me the IP location I simply blocked the few main culprit country’s and my failed login attempts have went down to 3-5 a day with some days none. The first time I've seen that behaviour in many years,,

Awesome work even better it's free... Highly recommended..
Thanks again


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