Google chrome is one of the most used browsers out there. People have used and loved it so much; there is a dedicated OS which runs on it (Chrome OS). So if you use this browser on your system and others in your family use it too, you might be concerned about blocking certain ‘types’ of websites on it, wouldn’t you? If you are a parent or someone with a lot of concern towards the content that others might access from the browser, like your social media, you have come to the right spot. I have compiled a list of 4 ways to block a website in Chrome browser. There are some nifty little snippets of code that you can add to your browser in a matter of a few simple clicks, called add-ons, or in this case, ‘extensions.’
There are extensions for every purpose, and there is one for ours as well. They’re small in size, installed in seconds and add a ton of new functionality to your already great browsing experience through Chrome. So what are we waiting for then? Let’s get straight to it.
How to Block a Website in Chrome
Use ‘Block Site’ Extension
This extension is simply called as Block Site. Pretty straightforward right? This extension helps you easily block a site. You just need to add it to your Chrome browser by clicking on Add to Chrome and then clicking on Add button again.
You can just visit the website that you want to block and right-click anywhere on that page. There you will see a new Block Site option in the right-click menu. There, you can add this site directly to your block list. You can check this blocked list by clicking on the Block Site extension icon.
You can add sites URL there, or set specific websites to redirect you to an incognito window automatically. It’s all pretty cool. You can even make a list of these sites into a .csv file and import it directly to block them all at once.
Give this extension a shot. I feel it is one of the most effective and the easiest way to block a website in Chrome browser.
Use the ‘Stay Focused’ Extension
Let us also go over this one, since we are talking about useful blocker extensions. Stay Focused is an extension that helps you periodically block websites. That’s right; you can set timers as to how long you want them blocked.
Say you are doing some research on a project of yours, but are tempted to check out some social media on the other tab. You can set that site to be blocked for the next half an hour or so, and you can ‘stay focused’ for that time (hopefully!).
It is equally easy to block a website in Chrome using this extension. Just go to the website which you want to be blocked and click on the Stay Focused icon up at the top. Select “Block this entire site” option and you are set for the given time.
Get yourself a Nanny!
It turns out, there is a nanny for Google Chrome as well, literally called Nanny for Chrome! Previously known as Chrome nanny, Nanny for Chrome allows you to block websites at certain times of the day, or for specific time duration as you prefer. You can select how many times the site must be accessible and what should be the maximum length of each session.
What’s more, you can choose on which days you should apply these settings. So you can choose to have controlled sessions of YouTube on weekdays, but have no access restrictions on weekends, should you choose to do so. It’s a great extension for enforcing planned website access restrictions on your Chrome browser.
Probably one of the simplest and the cleanest blockers out there. BlockIt gives you the option to block sites and only access them with a password. This is very helpful if you are handing over your laptop to your siblings or something like that. It is very easy to add sites to this as well. Just type the URLs one after the other and hit the Block button when you are done.So get this extension for your Chrome browser and enjoy its benefits.
So these were the four best extension services to block a website in Chrome. There are plenty more of these on the chrome web store, but we think that most of them were buggy and did not work too well. Some of them seem promising but are still in their Beta versions. Hence I chose to avoid them as well for the time being. So I have included the only four which I found to be reliable most of the time.
But bear in mind, some extensions may not work correctly if you fire up the incognito mode (Ctrl+Shift+N) on your Chrome browser by default. It is the case with pretty much all extensions where the incognito mode handicaps their functionality.