.htaccess – Limit website access by IP

I’ve been asked many times how to limit website access by allowable IP’s. This is fairly simple to accomplish with .htaccess and very useful for blocking web vagrants to allowing you to make updates to a website while redirecting all other IP’s to a maintenance page. Simply follow the steps below:

  1. Create a file and name it .htaccess.
  2. Add The following to the file:

     
  3. Replace 255.255.255.255 with you IP address. (If you don’t know it, you can get it here: WhatsMyIP)
  4. Once the file is created, put it in the root directory. That’s it!

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  1. Hi, I am trying to build my website and I would like to use .htaccess to limit the number of times each IP address is able to access certain pages. How can I do that? I found online almost nothing about this, but I noticed some websites use this kind of restriction. I imagine there must be a way of keeping track of each IP address that links to my website and then limiting the number of times each of them can link. If they access more than the allowed number of times, they would be redirected to an error page. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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