You may want to block certain internet pages in your Google Chrome browser to minimize distractions or for other reasons. Next in this post I will show you several ways to block web pages in Chrome.
Whether you need to prevent your children from visiting a malicious website or limit social media, blocking web pages in Chrome is a fairly easy process. We have already seen how to block pages from the host file, which is more convenient if you want it to be effective in all browsers. But if you want to do it directly in Chrome, keep reading below.
Block web pages with BlockSite in Google Chrome
Google Chrome itself does not allow blocking of websites, unless you are a Chrome Enterprise administrator. But there are several extensions for such purposes, and the most popular is Chrome’s BlockSite.
# 1. Go to the BlockSite extension page in the Chrome web store.
# 2. Click the Add to Chrome button .
# 3. Then click Add extension in the pop-up window.
With the BlockSite extension installed in Chrome, you will see an orange icon along with its other browser extensions in the upper right corner.
# 4. Now you need to go to the website you want to block in Chrome, click on the BlockSite icon and then on Block this site.
# 5. To block multiple websites, click the BlockSite icon and then Edit List. Now enter the URL of a website in the box and click the + icon .
# 6. To unblock a website, simply click the “-” icon on the BlockSite settings page.
# 7. Make sure to password protect the BlockSite settings page or blocked websites. That way other people will not be able to unblock the websites without permission.
BlockSite also allows users to set a blocking schedule. You can even block certain words in which the extension will block a site if it contains such words.
Unfortunately you can only block up to 6 websites in the free version of BlockSite. Therefore, if you want to block more pages, you must upgrade to the paid version or use an alternative method such as the ones I will present below.
Other ways to block websites in Chrome
1. Use a website blocking app
Since adding extensions to Chrome can affect system performance and Chrome can be cumbersome on its own. In that case, installing a standalone app to block certain websites on Chrome might be a better idea.
There are many website blockers to choose from. For example, you can use applications like Self Control, LeechBlock, and Cold Turkey.
2. Lock pages with Windows host file
If you are using Windows you can use the host file to block internet pages in Chrome. The advantage is that you can block as many sites as you want and for all browsers. In this short guide I show you how you can do it.
3. Use your WiFi router settings
Another way is by using the website blocker available in the settings of your WiFi router. This has the advantage that you can block the pages you want for a complete network, for all devices.
For them, you must have the credentials to enter the router’s configuration page.
If you have trouble blocking web pages on the router, you can alternatively try calling your network service provider and asking them to block certain websites from their end.
4. Block websites in Chrome for Android
There are several applications in the Google Play store to block pages in Google Chrome and other browsers on your Android cell phone. For example, you can use the BlockSite app, AppBlock, and some other options.