This article explains how to block a TLD in the Guardian web filter.
Typically, companies use a different top-level domain (TLD), or country code, for customers in different countries, for example,
www.google.com typically for the US and
www.google.co.uk for the UK.
Sometimes it may be desirable to block a full TLD with the Smoothwall web filter, for example, to block all websites from a particular country.
- Create a custom category, adding the TLD to block to the Domain/URL filtering field. See our help topic, Creating custom categories.
The Domain/URL filtering field automatically infers a wildcard and a dot (.) to entries placed in it, that is, entries are assumed to be
For example, to block all UK websites which have the top level TLD of
uk, it is only necessary to add
ukto the category. So adding
ukis the equivalent of the more familiar
*.ukformat, just as an entry of
bbc.co.ukis equivalent to
- Create the necessary filtering block rules as required see our help topic, Creating web filter policies.