Block Traffic via GeoIP on Cloudways

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Jonathan Jernigan

I have a client with a private portal who needed to block all traffic from non-USA IP addresses for spam purposes.

The site is hosted on Cloudways which offers a GeoIP feature built in, but turning it on does nothing by itself.

After digging through Cloudways documentation for setting up GeoIP and inputting some queries into WPCodey, I finally got a working code snippet.

Here is the code that worked for me. You can change the ‘Access denied’ message to anything you want. I chose to keep it vague.

Simple add this in as a code snippet via WPCodey* or functions.php and viola!

To test it was working, I used this tool:


if ($FORWARDED_COUNTRY !== 'United States') {
    // Block traffic
    wp_die('Access denied.');

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