There are many reasons why you might want to block a website. You might want to prevent your children from accessing prohibited sites or that you want to better focus on work and not let those distracting sites take you away. Whatever the reasons, there are several ways to prevent undesirable websites from showing up. Here are several extensions that you can use to block websites in Chrome.
1. Website Blocker (Beta)
Website Blocker (Beta) allows users to block websites in Chrome with a few simple clicks. After you have installed it, go to the website that you want to block and click the Website Blocker icon. A window will pop up and you can specify the amount of time to block the website. Leaving the timing field blank means the current website will be blocked indefinitely.
When you attempt to open the blocked page, it will show you an error message as shown below.
To block multiple websites, go to its Options page and enter the URLs of websites you want to block. If you want to block them for a specific time period, just key in the URL of the website followed by the time you want to restrict the access.
2. Nanny for Google Chrome
Compared to Website Blocker, Nanny comes with more options, such as creating a whitelist of websites, specifying the amount of time you can spend on any website, managing lock downs and more.
In its Options page, you will find a “Blocked URLs” tab where you can add the URLs of website you want to block. You can also specify the time you want the websites to remain blocked. You can even specify the days you want to block the specific websites and the max amount of time you can spend on each blocked website every day. Click on Save when you are done.
The next useful option is the Lock Down feature. This allows you to completely lock down access to any blocked set of websites.
If you want to track the amount of time you spend on any website, you can add the specific URL to Whitelist.
You can also customize the Mode of Blocking in Nanny for Chrome. It gives you three blocking options: close tab, show site blocked page or redirect to any other URL.
After configuring the options, click on the clock icon and it will show you the list of websites that you have entered. It will also show you the amount of time you have spent on the whitelisted website.
Visit any blocked URL now and you will be shown a confirmation message that the site is blocked. You will be able to access it after the block time is over.
3. Block Site
The best thing about Block Site is the authentication option. Once you have configured your list of blocked websites, you can add a password to the Settings page so your children won’t be able to access the Settings page and undo all that you have done.
After installing the extension, open extension settings and add the websites you want to block. Also check the “Enable Authentication” box and specify the password to block access to the settings.
When you try to access the blocked website, it will show you a warning message as shown below.
StayFocusd is one of the best website blocking extensions for Google Chrome. We tend to waste a lot of time at work on Facebook and other time-wasting websites. StayFocusd boosts your productivity by limiting the amount of time you spend on those websites.
This extension provides users with a wide range of options to play with. You can specify the days StayFocusd will restrict your browsing activity along with the time you can spend per day on time-wasting websites. Apart from that, you can create a list of blocked/allowed websites as well. Another handy feature is The Nuclear Option. Enabling this feature will restrict access to any blocked website even if you have not crossed the time limit. You can specify the number of hours you want to block access.
Blocking websites in Chrome is easy, as long as you have the right tool. However, staying focus is never easy, especially when there are tons of distraction coming at you at every second. With these extensions, it can help you to block off those distractions and enable you to focus on your work. Try them out and let us know which you prefer. If you have another method to stay focus on your work, let us know too.