Imagine trying to log in the back office of your website and being told your IP address is blocked and you need to contact the administrator… and you are the administrator. So, you spend the next hour trying to figure out how to get out of this rut… well don’t be surprised being blocked from your own website is a common problem. It happened to us at the Unleashed Women’s Office.

The good news is the solution is pretty easy and you could fix the problem yourself even without being techy.

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One of the most common reasons for not being able to access your site is because the hosting domain is blocking your IP address. The reason this happens is because of Brute Force attacks (when people are trying to hack into your WP site by hammering the log-in page). The system will block anyone including you, the owner if it feels you have tried too many times- you are now a suspect.

So how do you fix this if you find yourself blocked? First things first, you need to know what your IP address is. An IP address is an exclusive number online devices use to identify and communicate with each other through computer networks.

In order to figure out what your IP address is all you need to do is type IP in your Google search bar and you will have your IP address displayed. Or go to http://www.whatismyip.com/ for more information on how to do this.

Now you have figured this out, you will be able to unblock it in the .htaccess file following some simple steps:

Log into your host CPanel

Go to the website file, find .htacess(file)

Edit: .htacess (file) … add/edit the following.

<Files wp-login.php>

Look for …Order Deny,Allow

Deny from All

(Then include your IP address as shown below)

Allow from 199.xxx.xxx.xxx

Allow from 198.xxx.xxx.xxx

</Files>

We want to say thanks to blog at imdesigngroup.com for helping us out of our predicament. If you have any other way to get out of this rut please share with us. Thank you.

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Lyubomira Kirilova

Lyubomira Kirilova

Mira is a new member of UWN team. She recently graduated in International Relations and Journalism at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She is interested in cinema, literature and environmental issues. Based in London, she is presently blogging about current affairs and issues relating to women entrepreneurs.
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