is shipping Web Crossing 5.0, the latest version of its eponymous software. The new version has a new customization and extensibility architecture that offers appearance themes, page component options, plug-ins and more.
Web Crossing is collaboration server software that offers threaded and linear discussions, integrated newsgroups and mailing lists, full e-mail services, secure communications, personal calendar, real-time chat and live event functionality. Each module of Web Crossing can be extended, as well.
Version 5.0 includes a new WebFiles system for mirroring files from a browse; it allows for the managing server files by mirroring the file system directly from a Web browser. When used with Web Crossing’s new built-in Web publishing feature, you can create and edit entire home page directories via most Web browsers. All files that are added or modified via WebFiles or FTP are automatically synchronized in real-time with the host file system.
Plug-ins are available Weblogs, RSS feeds, personal and shared calendars, WebMail, visitor comments, polling, brainstorming, rating auctions, Wiki web, and more. Several free plug-ins, themes, and customization modules are now available from the Web Crossing Web site.
Web Crossing 5.0 upgrades are available today on a traffic-based sliding scale starting at US$119. If you’ve bought the product since January 1, version 5.0 is a free upgrade. For new users, Web Crossing is available immediately as a sliding-scale traffic-based software license starting at $295, or server hosted (ASP) for maximum uptime starting at $65 per month.