GeoIP Detection

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Retrieving Geo-Information using the Maxmind GeoIP (Lite) Database.

Author:Yellow Tree (Benjamin Pick) (profile at wordpress.org)
WordPress version required:4.0
WordPress version tested:5.1.1
Plugin version:2.11.1
Added to WordPress repository:04-07-2013
Last updated:13-07-2019
Rating, %:98
Rated by:38
Plugin URI:http://www.yellowtree.de
Total downloads:142 097
Active installs:20 000+
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Provides geographic information detected by an IP adress. This can be used in themes or other plugins,
as a shortcode, or via CSS body classes. The city & country names are translated in different languages (supported languages).

Features:

  • Provides these 5 functions (see API Documentation):
    • geoip_detect2_get_info_from_ip($ip, $locales = array('en'), $options = array()): Lookup Geo-Information of the specified IP
    • geoip_detect2_get_info_from_current_ip($locales = array('en'), $options = array()): Lookup Geo-Information of the current website user
    • geoip_detect2_get_current_source_description(...): Return a human-readable label of the currently chosen source.
    • geoip_detect2_get_external_ip_adress(): Fetch the internet adress of the webserver
    • geoip_detect2_get_client_ip(): Get client IP (even if it is behind a reverse proxy)
  • You can use one of these data sources (see comparison):
  • For the property names, see the results of a specific IP in the wordpress backend (under Tools > GeoIP Detection).
  • You can include these properties into your posts and pages by using the shortcode [geoip_detect2 property="country.name" default="(country could not be detected)" lang="en"] (where ‘country.name’ can be one of the other property names as well, and ‘default’ and ‘lang’ are optional).
  • You can show or hide content by using a shortcode [geoip_detect2_show_if country="FR, DE" not_city="Berlin"]TEXT[/geoip_detect2_show_if]. See Shortcode Documentation.
  • When enabled on the options page, it adds CSS classes to the body tag such as geoip-province-HE, geoip-country-DE and geoip-continent-EU.
  • When enabled on the options page, the client IP respects a reverse proxy of the server.
  • If you are using Contact Form 7, you can use these shortcodes:
    • A select input with all countries, the detected country being selected by default: [geoip_detect2_countries mycountry]
    • A text input that is pre-filled with the detected city (or other property): [geoip_detect2_text_input city property:city lang:fr id:id class:class default:Paris]
    • GeoIP information for the email text: [geoip_detect2_user_info]

See Documentation for more info.

How can I use these functions?

  • You could choose the currency of the store based on the country name
  • You could suggest an timezone to use when displaying dates
  • You could show the store nearest to your customer
  • You show or hide content specific to a geographic target group
  • Etc. … You tell me! I’m rather curious what you’ll do with this plugin!
  • Be careful to comply to the applicable laws. For example Regulation (EU) 2018/302 (going into effect 03 Dec 2018)…

System Requirements: You will need at least PHP 5.4.

GDPR: This plugin does not store any cookie or user-dependent data. If you use a web-based source (hostip.info, Maxmind Precision), the plugin stores all IPs that visited the site in a cache (by default for 7 days) for performance reasons. If you want to disable this behavior, add define('GEOIP_DETECT_READER_CACHE_TIME', 0); in your theme’s function.php. Be especially careful when using this information to change prices or selling options, as this might not be legal.

This extension is “charity-ware”. If you are happy with it, please leave a tip for the benefit of this charity. (See FAQ for more infos.)

This product can provide GeoLite2 data created by MaxMind, available from http://www.maxmind.com.

Troubleshooting

Does geoip_detect2_get_info_from_current_ip() return the same country, regardless of where you are visiting the site from? Maybe your server has a reverse proxy configured. You can check this: Go to the options page and look for “reverse proxy”. Are there 2 IPs listed there? If so, which one corresponds to your public IP?


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