Hello and welcome! In today’s blog, I’ll show you how to use the IP blocking functionality built into Dolphin 7.1. We’ll start by logging into the Dolphin admin area. Then select “IP Blacklist” under the “Tools” menu on the left side of the screen.
Under the “Settings” tab at the top of the current block make sure “Enable member IP tracking” is checked.
Next, we need to choose if we would like to block users from just logging in or block them from the site completely. In this example we are going to block them completely so we’ll place a “1” in the “IP Blacklist system mode” blank.
Finally, we need to select to only block the members who are blacklisted. To achieve this, place a “1” in the “IP List Type” blank.
We are now ready to add IP addresses to our deny list. From the “Manage” tab we are able to block a range of IPs or a single IP. If you wish to block a single IP you would enter it in the “From” and the “To” blank. Now change the “IP Role” to “Deny”. Next select an expiration date. This is the date that the IP will cease to be blocked. Finally add a description of why you are blocking the IP. When everything is correct, click “Apply” at the bottom of the block.
That’s it! Now the owner of that IP address won’t be able to either access the site, or login, depending on which option you chose in the previous step. This is a valuable tool in stopping spammers or other unwanted visitors to your site.