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iQ Block Country

Allow or disallow visitors from certain countries accessing (parts of) your website

6 reviews
Average Rating
3.8 out of 5 stars
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Blocked country still access my site
By , for WP 4.5.3

Installed the plug in today, no visitors from my own country.
I went to the libaray and checked it: It works.
Only blocked at the front end.

BUT! After that, some-one from the Netherlands (which i did block) visited my site.
I checked his IP and its known as a hacker.
https://www.abuseipdb.com/report?ip=217.103.97.99

So i think here: for to use at legal restrictions it worhtfull.
But hackers still can have access to your site, at the front end.

For the legal restrictions i rate this plug in 5 starts
But for the front end, i rate this plugin, against unwanted hacking or spamming visitors, 2 stars.

Backend with custom URL not working
By , for WP 4.5.3

At the frontend all works fine but when you use a custom URL for your admin area nothing is working. Selected countries can access your backend when they know your customs URL.

Effective country blocking on WP 4.4. Slightly advanced configuration.
By , for WP 4.4

iQ Block Country works great on my sites. I suffer a lot of brute force attacks and spamming from specific countries, and while it takes some time to setup and test the plugin (blocking countries, verifying that it worked), I did not run into any issues at all, it worked perfectly.

One easy way to test access to your site is on Pingdom Tools website speed test http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/ - in the settings dropdown, you can select different countries to access your site from.

In addition to that, I checked via different proxy sites.

A nice feature, is the option to export settings. I configured and tested the plugin on a development site, and imported the settings on several live sites afterwards - works perfectly.

The lacking final star in this review is actually a bit unfair, since the developer is by policy not allowed to include the geo-ip databae which has to be uploaded manually via ftp. That's a small nuisance however, and iQ Block Country is a recommended plugin.

great plugin - with little improvement it would be perfect
By , for WP 3.8.2

works infe so far.

but it would be much more easy to select the countries to ALLOW and not to select to BLOCK ...

now i would have to block >150 countries, when i select only ALLOWED countries i have to select about >20 only...

nice one - but could be improved
By , for WP 3.8.1

A lightweight script that works as advertised.

The only bugger is that you have to manually select each country you want to block which is very tedious if you just want to allow a few countries.
This plugin would greatly improve if one could select which countries to allow instead of which to block.

Works but new select fields not so great!
By , for WP 3.6

I miss the traditional select fields where you could perform multi-selects easily. Now you have to pick one country at a time - and delete them one at a time. This makes this otherwise very good plugin a real pain to maintain.

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