ASPS Protected Hosting for Existing Web Sites
If you have a dedicated or virtual
server you can use
server software. Otherwise ASPS Protected Hosting offers a much
simpler and economical alternative that can be used by anyone. All
you need is a web site or file server.
Simplified Protected Hosting to Copy Protect any Website
existing website can be protected and it doesn't matter if you
are using a CMS like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Moodle or even
DotNetNuke. You can opt to include the whole of your website or just
those sections that you want to protect and/or restrict to
privileged site members. ASPS Protected Hosting can include some or
all of the following services:
* Protecting XLS and PDF documents requires a PRO* account for local caching.
- Manage member subscriptions and DRM rights per group, user and
- Create and configure a protected mirror of your existing web site or
- Protect all types of media including AVI, MP4, WMV, Flash, PDF
- All accounts use a unique URL with SSL like
Standard or Pro Hosting account?
A standard Protected Hosting account provides for unlimited use without
data cost because all pages and media are provided by your normal web
site. Even though the ASPS server rebuilds those web pages to mirror them
from the ASPS Protected Hosting service, embedded media such as images,
ASPS Protected Hosting service delivers the page HTML only.
Unfortunately some file types like XLS and PDF cannot be protected while
they can be displayed in their default application. For example, even
when "embedding" normal PDF on a web page, the resource used
to read that PDF is provided by the Adobe Reader installed on the user's
machine, which unfortunately offers save and print controls that are outside
of the realm of a web page. However ASPS Protected Hosting can copy protect
XLS and PDF files, but only by using a different process.
Pro Hosting for XLS and PDF
To properly protect XLS and PDF documents the ASPS server converts those
files so that their native reader is no longer necessary. But that process
requires that the file be stored on the ASPS server so every new XLS or
PDF file is downloaded and stored locally. After conversion the new data
is delivered by the ASPS server which results in a dramatic increase in
data consumption. Media data is usually provided from your web site, but
in these cases it is delivered from the ASPS server, hence the Pro Protected
Hosting plan costs more.
How Does It Work?
Our ASPS Protected Hosting creates a mirror of your website that can
only be accessed while using the ArtistScope Web Browser. From your ASPS
Control Panel you can select which part/s of your web site to
mirror. You can include the whole web site or just part of it. For
example the content that you may want to protected could be
contained in one folder or you could install a complete CMS
like WordPress in a new folder and dedicate its content to the ASPS
mirror. This way you can use your usual methods and tools to create
what your visitors will explore via ASPS.
Does Your Existing Website Require Modification?
It is not necessary but some housekeeping is recommended because
scripts for login, feedback and blog posts will not be supported
when mirrored. For member access control you will be able to use the
ASPS Control Panel and to be able to redirect users already logged
into your home site you can use a widgets that can be added to the
index in your member's section.
In your ASPS Control Panel you nominate which links to exclude from
conversion so that they remain pointing to the original
What Is Meant By Access Control?
The prevention of copy is automatic when using the ArtistScope Web Browser
because nothing can be copied unless you specifically enable it in
your Control Panel. But
preventing access to that content requires membership login and to
prevent such logins from being shared requires Access Management or
"DRM" as it is commonly known. Our ASPS Protected Hosting
includes the option to require user logins and/or DRM control by
To prevent direct access to your protected pages so that they can
only be visited via the ASPS mirrror, you can use referrer checking.
The ASPS Check Referrer add-on is available for popular CMS
like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla and Moodle.
What Is The Setup Procedure?
After ordering online and confirming your purchase the domain name
of your existing website will be used to create a DNS pointer like
"example.***.com" where * will be the domain name used by whichever
server is assigned (Windows or Apache server depending on additional
support requirements). Then you will be emailed the login username
and password to access your Control Panel where you can set
preferences, select which content you want to protect and create
your subscriber user base.
What Preferences And Protection Settings Can Be Set?
The following settings can be applied to all pages displayed by the
ArtistScope Web Browser:
Additionally the following options can be applied per user or to
all members of a group:
- Allow/disallow screen capture
- Allow/disallow keyboard for web forms and Flash
- Allow/disallow printing and number of times printed
- Allow/disallow remote viewing (from virtual
- Browser window size or fullscreen (kiosk) mode.
Groups can be used to separate course levels or company departments. Then each group can access to different sections and/or be entitled to different
privileges. For example key staff may be allowed to print copies of pages and reports while other staff
can read only. In the case of online tuition different groups can
provide access to set courses such as year one, two, etc.
- Custom protection settings (as above).
- Expiration by calendar date or expiry by
days/hours since first use.
- Group membership and custom settings per group.
However if you are using Drupal or Moodle and prefer to use the
course enrollment controls provided by those CMS you should consider
purchasing ASPS for
your own server.
ASPS Protected Hosting Pricing
ASPS Protected Hosting plans are charged a one-time setup fee plus rental
per month or for longer periods. You can
view the pricing schedule
Because your ASPS mirror is a different site to yours and viewed in
a different web browser the login on one cannot be shared by the other
and some features of your site need to be serviced by your site,
However ASPS does manage member logins and for most popular CMS
there is the ASPS Login Button that can be used for your site
members to automatically log into your ASPS mirror.
- Member post/blog submission
- Member signup
- Contact and email functions
NOTE: Only links to pages within
the approved site, the one nominated for your ASPS Protected
Hosting, will be delivered by this service. Other links will open
Check Referrer Demonstrations On Popular CMS
These sites demonstrate the use of Check Referrer in their relative CMS:
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