How to Partially Block Websites
It is easy for FocusMe to block whole websites, but what if you want to still access a part of a website while blocking the rest of it?
This guide will show you two ways to partially block websites: Allowing parts of a website and blocking parts of it.
The first scenario would be to allow reddit.com in general but block particular subreddit such as reddit.com/r/gaming.
For the second scenario, we will show you how to block all pages on reddit.com with the exception of reddit.com/r/productivity.
Creating the Focus Plan
The first thing you do is either create a new plan or edit an existing one. To create a new plan, hit the “Add Plan” button on the upper right. To edit an existing plan, you can either right-click on the plan and select “Edit Plan” or hit the respective ellipsis on the right.
Type the name of the Focus plan (for editing existing plans, the name shows up here) then hit “Next”.
The Websites page (2/6) is where you add websites to allow or block. The Blacklist tab is where you add websites to block, while the Whitelist tab is where you put in websites you would still like to allow.
Scenario 1 – Blocking Parts of the Website
Simply add the URL/s of the subreddit(s) you want blocked on the Blacklist (in this scenario, you want to block reddit.com/r/gaming )
Tip: You should not add reddit.com in the Whitelist tab. The whitelist always takes priority over the blacklist, so that would effectively disable your rule.
Make sure you’re in the Blacklist tab and then click “Add Site”.
Go to the Custom tab and type in the URL/s you want to block (In this case, reddit.com/r/gaming). Set the type to “URL” and then click “Done” when done.
Your Blacklist should look something like this:
That’s it for Scenario 1. The next part is a bit more complicated but is really not that hard once you know what you’re doing.
Scenario 2 – Allowing Parts of a Website
On the Blacklist tab, click the “Add Site” button.
Go to the Custom tab and add “reddit.com” (without the quotes) and set the type to “URL”. Then click “Done”.
Now go to the Whitelist tab and click on “Add Site”.
This is where you add in the page/s you still want to access (reddit.com/r/productivity) that is inside a blocked website (reddit.com).
Go to the Custom tab and put in “reddit.com/r/productivity” (without the quotes), set the type to “URL”, then hit “Done”.
Going through both Blacklist and Whitelist tabs, it should look like below (please note the types):
Set the rest of the wizard according to your preferences. Once finished, click on “Done” to save your Focus plan.
What scenario does is to block the whole reddit.com website but would still allow you to access reddit.com/r/productivity.
Note: the Whitelist tab takes priority over the Blacklist tab. This means if you add the same website on both the Blacklist and Whitelist tabs, the Whitelist function wins and you would still be able to access this website.