There are a few different ways of whitelisting IP addresses. Depending on your expertise, time constraints, and convenience, you can pick one of these methods to whitelist an IP address on WordPress.
We strongly recommend that you use this method to whitelist IP addresses in WordPress because plugins reduce the chances of human error. The other methods of whitelisting IPs involve tinkering around with WordPress core files or with server configurations. The smallest misstep can crash your website entirely.
Therefore, the easiest way to whitelist a blocked IP is to use MalCare. In addition, MalCare’s firewall filters out malicious traffic with ease.
To whitelist an IP address in WordPress using MalCare follow these steps:
You have successfully whitelisted the IP you wanted to. This process can be refined with MalCare’s filters, as you can select a range of IPs or ones from a specific country.
Note: You can use this method to whitelist IPs that have visited the WordPress website, and that have been logged by MalCare’s firewall. If you want to whitelist IPs or IP ranges that haven’t been logged by the firewall, you can contact MalCare’s support.
Although we have covered this part, we do not recommend allowing IP addresses in WordPress using htaccess. There are two strong reasons for that.
If you wish to use the manual method despite these consequences, this is how you can do it. You will need an FTP client to access your WordPress files, or a plugin like File Manager will come in handy.
You’ve done it! You have successfully managed to whitelist an IP address on your WordPress site manually. To be sure, try visiting your site from different IP addresses, and an incognito window to make sure that your website is running as it should. If it does, your job is done.
Last updated May 24, 2022
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