There will always be so many distractions when you are working with web browser like Google Chrome. It’s not easy to prevent yourself from accessing sites like Twitter, Facebook and even news sites. Sometimes, the only solution to make you keep focused with the thing you are doing is by blocking those tempting websites.
Luckily, blocking distracting websites on Chrome is quite easy. There are several reliable extensions which you can use to block potentially distracting websites. Other good news, you don’t have to call a technician since this kind of extension are commonly easy enough to configure. You will only be asked to type the URLs you want to block.
Here are the three top extensions to block websites on Chrome.
1. Block websites on Chrome using StayFocusd
The first Chrome extension you can use to block websites on Chrome is StayFocusd. Just like the name suggests, this extension is projected to help you keep focused on the task you are working. The extension is offered by Transfusion Media. Here is how to use it.
- Visit this link to start the installation. Click the ADD TO CHROME button. A new icon will appear at the Chrome icon bar once it is successfully installed.
- Click the StayFocusd icon and click the Advanced options –> Want to block or allow multiple sites at once? links to enlist websites you want to block.
- On the Blocked Sites menu, add websites you want to block. To block the entire website just type the website name without both “www” and “http://” attributes. For instance, if you want to block Facebook just simply type “facebook.com”. Click the Add Blocked Site(s) button once you done enlisting the websites.
- StayFocusd won’t block the website you enlisted until you exceed the maximum time of daily limit. To set the maximum time of daily limit, navigate to the Max Time Allowed menu and set the maximum time. Click the Set button once you done setting the time.
- Additionally, you can also set the days during which StayFocusd will restrict your browsing activity by navigating to the Active Days menu. You can explore more this extension to get the most out of it. Every time you reached the daily maximum time, you will see something like this.
2. Block websites on Chrome using Block Site
I personally really love the way Block Site works. This extension works without compromise. It will immediately block websites you have specified without giving you any chance to access them like Stayfocusd does, although you can also set certain access period. Here is how to block websites on Chrome using Block Site.
- Visit this link and click the ADD TO CHROME button to install Block Site to your Chrome.
- Click the Block Site icon at the Chrome icon bar and select Options.
- On the Blocked Sites menu, enter the websites you want to block. Enter the websites name without “www” and “http://” attributes.
- By default, Block Site will redirect you to a specified page but, you can also set a custom redirect page. For instance, you may want to redirect the blocked websites to bettertechtips.com :). Just type the URL of the redirect page on Default redirect page section and click the Set button.
- Additionally, Block Site also allows you to block certain words. This will be useful if you want prevent yourself from accessing inappropriate sites. You can use this feature for example to block specific search queries on search engines. Click the Blocked Words menu and slide the Custom list button. Type the words you want to block.
3. Block websites on Chrome using Website Blocker
Another extension you can use to block websites on Chrome is Website Blocker (Beta). This extension has no sleek interface like Block Site. It also has not much features but, it works very well in helping you to block websites on Chrome. Here to use it.
- Visit this link and click the ADD TO CHROME button to install it to your Chrome.
- Click the Website Blocker icon at the Chrome toolbar and select Options.
- Type websites you want to block on the Input column. Type the website name without “www” and “http://” attributes. Don’t forget to click the Save button.
- To block websites in a certain period, use the hour and minute option with the format of “URL hhmm-hhmm”. For instance, if you want to block Facebook only during the working hours (usually from 9 AM to 5 PM) you should type something like this: facebook.com 0900-1700.
- By default, Website Blocker will redirect you to a black page with a message of “Can’t access this page.”. You can change this default message with your preferred one. Or, you can also set a custom redirect page if you want. Just go to the Messages of when blocked menu to do this.