After dealing with a recent issue of BAD bots hogging up my server resources, I began to look into solutions for keeping these nasty critters out. At one point my web site was even shut down BY my ISP because it reported close to 414K hits from bots that were hogging the resources (on a shared server, that is)
I did give the solution “Black Hole” a whirl, however after following instructions, my site wouldn’t come up due to errors.
So instead of trying to figure out why a recommendation that was actually quite old (2010) wasn’t working I went a different direction.
(Note: if “Black Hole” is still working, then “perishablepress” might want to update their notes to current rather than adding on a addendum that seemed to confuse. Continue reading WordPress: Protect your WordPress site from BAD BOTS