I am a WP developer (my day job) and I installed this following all the steps including .dat files and dashboard config on an Apache and on a Nginx system to test two different sites. I was able to view the site normally and login to the back-end in via VPN from various countries around the world that I had listed as blocked for front-end and back-end. The only difference was was slower loads in allowed, and blocked, countries. Does not work properly, needs to be fixed.
Need an update, does not work.
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!
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???
The worst interface I've ever seen.
Perhaps it works, somehow, but for people like me, I can't figure it out.
Redundant buttons and check boxes.
And, as it warns, if you happen to check one wrong, you can't get back in to WordPress.
***********On top of that, it didn't work **********
*********It Is Dangerous ***** in its complexity and poor design.
********* Should be banned from WordPress **********
THIS PLUGIN DOESNT BLOCK ANYTHING ON YOUR SITE
I USED IT FOR MY CROWNDFUNDING SITE AND DOESNT WORK.
THIS PLUGIN DOESN'T BLOCK S#!T. MAYBE THE PAID VERSION WORKS BUT THE FREE VESION FOR SURE DOES NOTHING.
(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.
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.
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.
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