Blackhole Pro Archive
Plugin Planet plugins are designed to work flawlessly. Sometimes though, bugs happen. If the bug is serious, we will try to resolve it quickly. In some cases, it may be necessary to roll back to a previous version of the plugin. This quick guide shows how to do it in a few steps.
Blackhole Pro works automatically. Install, activate, and then sit back and relax while Blackhole works its magic and blocks bad bots from ever reaching your site. Whenever a bot disobeys your site’s robots.txt rules and follows the hidden trigger link, they will be banned forever. Or until you release them from the Blackhole. Now that’s […]
Blackhole Pro traps and blocks bad bots via virtual blackhole. Behind the scenes, Blackhole Pro performs a “whois” lookup to help identify various aspects of the request. For example, each whois lookup returns the user agent, IP address, referrer, and other useful information. By default, whois lookups are provided by whois.arin.net via port 43 on […]
This post explains why downloads can fail when trying to upgrade a plugin using WordPress 1-click automatic updates. It also provides a list of common reasons and possible solutions. For example, you are in the WP Admin Area and click to upgrade any plugin. Usually everything goes fine, but once in a while the upgrade […]
Quick tutorial explaining the correct way to remove any of our Pro WordPress plugins. The process is identical to the usual way of removing any WordPress plugin, only with one extra step. Works for any plugin license.
WordPress 5.8 now is available, and all of our free and Pro WordPress plugins are updated and current with all the latest and greatest. Before diving in to the updates, I want to say Thank you to all of our customers, users, and everyone leaving great reviews, sharing on social media, reporting bugs, and such. […]
As of Blackhole Pro version 2.8, it is possible to block specific user agents from accessing your site. This is referred to as “blacklisting” and is the opposite of whitelisting, which also is possible with Blackhole Pro. This quick tutorial explains how to add specific user agents and block them from your site.
By default, Blackhole Pro never blocks anyone or anything from accessing the WP Login Page. This is by design, to prevent any user from getting locked out of their WordPress site accidentally. For users who know what they are doing and want to enable protection of the Login Page, this quick tutorial explains how to […]
Things are well underway for 2021, including a new round of plugin updates. All of our free and Pro WordPress plugins are updated for March 2021. Before diving in to the updates, I want to say Thank you to all of our customers, users, and everyone leaving great reviews, sharing on social media, reporting bugs, […]
By default, Blackhole Pro adds a line to the site/server error log for any invalid IP addresses. Fortunately invalid IP addresses are rare. But there are cases where an attack or some issue may result in lots of notices filling up the site logs. So this tutorial explains how to disable the error log notices […]