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Blocking IP addresses / Spam Bots

Spam bots go around looking for forms to spam. You might get contact form results with a bunch of  gibberish. These spam bot are harmless, but can be annoying. Even though the forms are coded to prevent spam bot submissions, they sometimes still get through.

If you are getting spam bots, sometimes they have the same or similar IP address. The IP address will show in the email you receive from the form submission. 

To block the IP address of the spam bot, you will need to edit your .htaccess file which would be in the root folder of your website. You can do this through the File Manager in your hosting control panel through your hosting company.

Edit the .htaccess file and at the end of the file, add this code: 

order allow,deny
Deny from
allow from all

Add "Deny from" for each IP address you want to block.

To block a range of the IP address (when the IP addresses are similar, just the last digits are different), remove the last 2 digits of the IP address: 

order allow,deny
Deny from 188.143.232
allow from all

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