If you run a WordPress site, no doubt you’ve dealt with bots. They’re seemingly everywhere in the online world, and not every one of them is bad. But when it’s time to stop bots in WordPress, some approaches work better than others.
Bad bots are more than a nuisance. They can disrupt the functionality of your WordPress site, slow down workflow, and drive away users. Fortunately, when it’s time to block bots, WordPress gives us several practical solutions.
In this guide, we’ll discuss what bots are (the good and the bad), how to block the bad ones, and how to keep them from unwittingly crawling your WordPress site. To block bots vulnerable WordPress sites invite in, take a few minutes now to read this guide. By the end, you’ll have the solutions you need to block bots in WordPress. Let’s take a look.
What Is a Bot?
As you probably already figured out, the term bot is short for “robot.” Sometimes, people refer to the bots we’re discussing today as internet bots.
In a nutshell, a bot is a constructed computer program that operates as an independent agent for a person or larger computer program. Often, bots are used to simulate the activity of people and may do so quite elaborately.
Typically, a bot is employed to automate tasks. This means that a bot will continue to run without any need for continued aid or instruction from a person.
WordPress site owners, as well as other individuals and organizations, use bots to take the place of repetitive tasks that a person would need to perform without the aid of a bot. And the truth is, good bots are quite a bit faster than people at performing these types of often-mundane tasks (I’m not a bot and I did write this article, I promise!).
How Exactly Do Bots Work?
In most instances, a bot operates over a network. When bots are made to communicate with one another, they’ll use different services to do so, such as IRC (Internet Relay Chat), direct messaging, or other interfaces such as Twitterbots.
Generally speaking, over half of all internet traffic is actually bots that are interacting with various web pages, talking directly with users, scanning for specific content, or performing other mundane tasks.
A bot is “constructed” from different algorithm sets that aid them in performing the tasks that are designated to do. Bots can handle such tasks as talking with people (the most sophisticated ones attempt to mimic true human behavior) and gathering website content from around the internet.
But the fact is that there are many different bot types, some good and some bad, that are designed in different ways, to accomplish a huge array of different agendas.
One common example of a bot you’ve probably interacted with are chatbots. These bots operate using one of several different methods.
Chatbots that are rule-based interact with human users by providing prompts that are pre-defined for a user to choose from. Chatbots
This article was written by Kristen Wright and originally published on WordPress News and Updates from iThemes – iThemes.