Web Crossing gets update, new pricing options

Web Crossing Inc. has updated Web Crossing to Version 4.1, which the company said is at least twice as fast as Version 4.0, due to caching improvements.

Web Crossing features threaded or linear discussions, integrated newsgroups and mailing lists, e-mail services, secure communications, a personal calendar, real-time chat and live event functionality, all extensible with Web application programming capabilities. Web Crossing add-on modules are currently available for three areas: Team Crossing for groupware and intranets; Support Crossing for support organizations; and Campus Crossing for online training and education. The new version also includes new email and search functionality, enhanced server-side JavaScript, multi-domain web serving support and more.

“This update to the core Web Crossing engine follows a year of creating add-on modules that generate Web Crossing-based turnkey solutions for intranets and workgroups, education and training and support organizations,” Tim Lundeen, president and CEO of Web Crossing, Inc., said.

New e-mail rules allow end-users to filter incoming messages, use a “permitted correspondents” list to block unwanted senders and reject messages. A new Auto Responder in v4.1 allows a customized auto-response while on vacation. E-mail notification of discussion activity is now available in HTML or plain text.

For administrators, Web Crossing 4.1 includes new URL redirection support and new URL filename shortcuts, allowing users to serve multi-domain Web Crossing installations without additional Web servers. Sysops can now automatically check user subscription changes immediately after making them. Spell checking is now automatically used with the moderated word checking feature.

Search is faster with a much smaller search index and it now supports Boolean expressions and exact phrases. User interface enhancements include a new Logout button that expires current cookies or certificates, plus the ability for hosts to move or delete multiple messages at once and to manage end-user subscription lists.

Hundreds of new Web Crossing Server-side JavaScript (WCJS) methods and properties are added in version 4.1, with documentation, Lundeen said. New commands, and additional parameters and functionality for existing commands, are added to the Web Crossing Tag Language (WCTL) with security improved by separating permissions for sysops and hosts.

The new Web Crossing 4.1 update is free to registered 4.0 users. Web Crossing is now available as a per-seat or traffic-based licence. For a limited time, special introductory versions are available starting at US$295.

Web Crossing is available as a server hosted (ASP) solution starting at US$65 per month. Current ASP customers are updated to Version 4.1 automatically. Customization, Hosting and Community Management Consulting services are available for all Web Crossing licensed and server hosted (ASP) installations. Priority support is available on an annual subscription basis.

Web Crossing is available to test drive for 30-days with an 1T Evaluation licence. For details on all licences, including page view equivalents for e-mail, NNTP, and chat messages, see the Web Crossing pricing site.