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    How to install GeoIP and block foreign traffic

    How to install GeoIP and block foreign traffic

    Posted on February 5th, 2007 by rookie
    Normally I wouldn’t post technical articles like this since I want to focus this blog on marketing but I felt the need to write about this one since I couldn’t find much info about it when I needed guidance. GeoIP is useful when you want only a certain demographic to access your websites. In advertising, U.S traffic pays the best, followed by U.K and Canada.
    There are several ways to accomplish this, so the method I am about to go over is definitely not the “only one.” I will also be assuming that your server is running a linux distro and that you have root privileges.
    First, you need to download the latest GeoIP API in C to your linux server:
    wget http://www.maxmind.com/download/geoi...P-1.4.1.tar.gz
    Extract the contents:
    tar -zxvf GeoIP-1.4.1.tar.gz
    Run “./configure” inside the extracted directory. This will make sure that this software is compatible with your system. After it is done configuring, run the commands “make” and “make install”
    cd GeoIP-1.4.1
    ./configure
    make
    make install
    Next, we have to install the geoip PHP extension. This is very easy if you have the php-devel package already installed on your system.
    pecl install geoip-0.2.0
    Create a new .ini file inside your /etc/php.d/ directory to enable the geoip extension module. You can also do this by editing the php.ini file but it’s neater this way. Call it geoip.ini and add the following lines in there.
    ; Enable GeoIP extension module
    extension=geoip.so
    Using this geoip module, let’s write a simple php script to only allow traffic from the U.S, U.K, Canada and Australia. If the traffic does not match this criteria, they will see a blank page. Add this code at the top of all the php pages that you want to limit access on:
    Code:
     <?php
       # Block foreign traffic
       $country = geoip_country_code_by_name($_SERVER["REMOTE_ADDR"]);
       if (!(($country == "US") or ($country == "CA") or ($country == "GB") or ($country == "AU"))) { die; }
     ?>
    index.php, about.php, contact.php, etc. Please note that this will not work on regular html pages; this is for php pages only.
    Restart apache and everything should be working as planned.


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    is this limited to apache, or will it work with nginx or lightspeed?

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    It is a module for PHP, not the HTTPD so no - it is not limited to apache.

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    Thanks, added it to my todo list

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