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Block Bad Bots

Blackhole Pro is a WordPress security plugin that automatically detects and traps bad bots in a virtual blackhole, where they are blocked from your site.

Bad bots are the worst. They do all sorts of nasty stuff and waste server resources. Blackhole Pro helps to stop bad bots and save precious resources for legit visitors. In the words of Admiral Ackbar:

It’s a Trap!

Bye bye bad bots..

Blackhole Pro blocks bad bots. Benefits include:

  • Stops leeches, scanners, and spammers
  • Saves server resources for humans and good bots
  • Improves traffic quality and overall site security
  • Prevents bad bots from besmudging your brand
  • Works silently and effectively behind the scenes
  • It’s fun to watch bad bots fall into the trap 😎

Full Control

Customize just about everything:

  • Threshold level
  • Email notifications
  • Warning & blocked messages
  • Blackhole trigger link
  • Custom redirects
  • HTTP status codes

Complete Inline Docs

Get complete information with a click:

  • Instant access to plugin information
  • Plugin documentation on every screen
  • Easily access information via the Help tab
  • Every plugin option fully documented
  • Keeps plugin pages nice and tidy
  • Complete docs at your fingertips

Bad Bot Log

Full-featured UI for managing blocked bots:

  • Complete bot data: IP, request, user agent, etc.
  • Filterable search, custom sorting, paged results
  • Automatic Geo/IP location lookups for each bot
  • Displays total number of blocked hits
  • Delete selected bots with a click
  • Add bots manually via IP address

Email Alerts

Stay aware with Blackhole email alerts:

  • Receive an alert for every blocked bot
  • Choose from several types of alert messages
  • Alerts include IP and complete Whois Lookup
  • Receive an email alert for each blocked bot
  • Customize the email template with shortcodes
  • Set adresses for both “To” and “From” headers

Set the Trap

Customize how your site responds to bad bots:

  • Choose the Warning Message or create your own
  • Choose the Blocked Message or create your own
  • Choose a custom URL to redirect blocked bots
  • Exclude the trigger link on any post or page
  • Customize the hidden Blackhole trigger link
  • Disable the trigger link (advanced use)

Whitelist Good Bots

Advanced control over whitelisted (allowed) bots:

  • Popular search engines always allowed access
  • Choose a custom URL for whitelisted bots
  • Whitelist good bots based on user agent
  • Whitelist good bots based on IP address
  • Whitelist entire ranges of IP addresses
  • Blacklist bots based on user agent

More Features

Blackhole Pro is meticulously crafted:

  • Built with WordPress APIs
  • Works with other security plugins
  • Protects automatically, silently
  • Automatic honeypot spider trap
  • Developed for optimal performance
  • One-click restore default plugin options
  • Records number of times each bot is blocked
  • Set how many warnings before bots are blocked
  • Auto-import data from free version of Blackhole
  • Read what users say about Blackhole Pro »

Check out full screenshots of Blackhole Pro:

Check the Blackhole Pro readme.txt for more details.

Free vs Pro

What’s the difference between Blackhole Bad Bots (the free version) and Blackhole Pro?

Feature Free Pro
Strong protection against bad bots
Works with SSL/HTTPS
Works on any server (e.g., Apache, Nginx, Windows)
No Apache/.htaccess required
Works great with Banhammer Pro and BBQ Pro
Lightweight, fast and flexible
Works with other security plugins
One-click restore default settings
Compatible with a growing list of cache plugins
Option to disable for logged-in users
Threshold control (number of allowed hits)
Custom email alerts
Custom messages for blocked bots
Custom redirect for blocked bots
Custom blackhole trigger links
Complete inline documentation
Blacklist/block bots based on user agent
Blacklist/block bots by IP address
Whitelist/allow bots by user agent
Whitelist/allow bots by IP address
Redirect whitelisted bots
Set custom HTTP Status Code
Full-featured Bad Bot Log with paging, sorting, and field search
Manually add bad bots to the Bad Bot Log
Geo/IP location lookups for each bad bot
Logs number of blocked hits for each bot
Extensive documentation and tutorials
Priority plugin help and support
No advertisements
Awesome space images courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Trap bad bots in a virtual blackhole.

Purchase

Automatic Updates

Automatic Plugin Updates

As with plugins hosted at WordPress.org, our pro plugins support one-click updates from within the comfort of the WP Admin Area. Also: our Lifetime plugin deals include FREE upgrades for life.

Free Basic Support

Free Basic Help and Support

Basic support is included with every plugin purchase. This includes full access to all Plugin Documentation, Support Forums, and Email Support, where we’re always ready to help.

100% WordPress

Built with WordPress APIs

Our plugins are built with WordPress APIs. All plugin code is integrated with existing WordPress functionality to make them lightweight, flexible, extensible, well-optimized, and secure.

Blackhole Pro

Personal
$25.00
  • 1 site
  • Pay once, own forever
  • Lifetime auto updates
  • Lifetime basic support

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$20.00
  • 1 site
  • Yearly license renewal
  • 1 year auto updates
  • 1 year basic support

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Business
$50.00
  • 3 sites
  • Pay once, own forever
  • Lifetime auto updates
  • Lifetime basic support

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$40.00
  • 3 sites
  • Yearly license renewal
  • 1 year auto updates
  • 1 year basic support

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Advanced
$100.00
  • 10 sites
  • Pay once, own forever
  • Lifetime auto updates
  • Lifetime basic support

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$80.00
  • 10 sites
  • Yearly license renewal
  • 1 year auto updates
  • 1 year basic support

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Developer
$200.00
  • Unlimited sites
  • Pay once, own forever
  • Lifetime auto updates
  • Lifetime basic support

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$160.00
  • Unlimited sites
  • Yearly license renewal
  • 1 year auto updates
  • 1 year basic support

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Bye bye bad bots.

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