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Website Management

You can control the websites your users can access.

You need a Web Control license.


Web Control settings don't apply to websites you've excluded. See Global Exclusions.

You can extend the website filtering provided by Sophos Central. For more information on how Sophos filters websites see Sophos Web Security and Control Test Site.

Go to My Products > General Settings > Website Management.

On the Website Management page, you can use a website list to:

  • Control websites not in one of the Sophos categories.
  • Tag websites to put them in groups, which are like custom categories. You can then use policies to control these websites for certain users.


    If you updated a policy but it's not behaving as expected, clear the browser cache or cookies.

  • Override the Sophos category for a site. This changes that site’s category for all your users.


If you think Sophos has put a website in the wrong category, you can ask us to change it. To do this, see Open a Support Case. We suggest you try this instead of overriding the category.

To add a site to the website list:

  1. Click Add in the upper right of the page.

    The Add Website Customization dialog is displayed.

  2. Enter sites.

    Entries in the website list can be single URLs, full domains, TLDs, IP addresses, CIDR ranges, or even top level domains.


    Managing websites using IP addresses only controls browser-based access. It does not block other applications or interact with rules for a local firewall.

  3. Select Enable Category Override if you want to associate a specific category with the sites you have entered. Then select a Category.

  4. Select Enable Tags to associate a tag with the sites you have entered. Then type a tag name.

    Tags can be used when creating web control policies for endpoint computers or servers. See the “Log web control events” section in “Web Control Policy”.

  5. Enter text in the Comments text box.

    It can be helpful to include information about tags you have created and categories you have overridden for troubleshooting policy issues in the future.

  6. Click Save.

    Your entry will be added to the website list.

You can also edit entries in the list or delete them.

To edit an entry, click the edit icon Gray pen.. The icon is on the right of the entry.

To delete an entry, select the checkbox to the left of the entry and click Delete.