Upgrading all our hosted Webcrossing servers to SSD!

April 19, 2014

All our data center servers are being greatly enhanced. Soon all our Webcrossing servers will be running on an SSD (Solid State Drives) instead of a “spinning disk on a spindle” hard drives (HDD).

This should make a huge  improvement in all disk access performance and is an enhancement we are really excited about.

It will require migration to new server machines, so we will coordinate with all customers about the timing.

The overall Internet connectivity, cpus and RAM are also being enhanced. It is a big thing, and we are really excited about it!

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Your Webcrossing server is not affected by the “Heartbleed” bug.

April 14, 2014

We want to reassure all our customers that your Webcrossing server is unaffected by the recent “Heartbleed” bug you’ve heard so much about. If you are using SSL in your server, the version of OpenSSL we use is not a version affected by the recently publicized bug.

Our secure credit card processing site is likewise unaffected by the Heartbleed bug. In fact your credit card information is not kept at all; it is encrypted as it goes into our secure merchant system.

In general you should use different passwords at all your sites of course. That is just good, basic practice.

If you ever have questions about security for your Webcrossing server, please contact us.

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Why NoSQL databases are gaining fans

February 4, 2014

The Webcrossing database is a NoSQL object-oriented database. Please see http://elliptics.com/why-webcrossing-is-so-great-for-web-development/. Also this recent article might be of interest:


As mentioned in the article, the great advantage of NoSQL, we believe, is the scalability and flexible, agile development possibilities. You can add new objects and modify existing objects directly, as your customization requests have come in. Or as it says in the article above, instead of developing for a year and spending $1 million you can build  a working prototype  for $20,000 in two weeks.

Ask us what we can create for you!

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Webcrossing Neighbors – Your Private-labeled Complete Social Network

January 27, 2014

Webcrossing Neighbors is a complete private-labeled social network with personal home pages, groups and friends relationships (first, 2nd and 3rd degree friend support is included).

We’d like to showcase some of the features of Neighbors in upcoming blog posts. Neighbors is a perfect, affordable social network solution for your school, company, religious community, non-profit organization, educational group, neighborhood association, hobby group and other niche groups. We will help you set it up, support you and make it affordable.

And remember, as with all Webcrossing sites, members can participate via the web, or post by email.

In Neighbors, members can have their own personal blogs, photo albums and file store areas – you decide. Groups have additional loads of tools to choose from. Even live chats!

Profiles and groups are linked so people can easily find groups of interest to them, and make new friends with shared interests.

Neighbors Group Nav Menu

Neighbors Group Nav Menu

Here we see a typical Neighbors Group nav menu.

Each group has a picture. There is a link to the group home. The Activity Stream shows current activity in the group.

Groups can have Blogs, Discussion areas, a group Calendar, a Files area for sharing resources and a group Wiki. And you can also generate RSS feeds from group.

Each group decides which tools they need.

Also, each group can set any of these tools as their default landing page. Some groups might want to concentrate on their news, so maybe they want their blog to be the first thing people see. Other groups may want to concentrate on discussions, so have people come there first.

Groups can also design their own custom landing pages, and modify their CSS. Even add group chat rooms for live chat!

You can have open groups, where anybody can post; public groups where anybody can join and post; approved membership groups where people can request to join and completely hidden groups, which don’t appear in listings, and to which you must be invited.


We’ll be showing you more snapshots and features in upcoming newsletters, so keep posted. Or ask us for a demo!

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Bloomberg TV interview with Lisa Schmucki, CEO of edWeb.net

October 31, 2013

Please check out Lisa Schmucki’s interview on Bloomberg TV about edWeb.net. Lisa is the CEO of  edWeb, one of our strategic partners, and we are as excited and enthusiastic as Lisa is.


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Webcrossing plugins server update

September 23, 2013

The Webcrossing plugins server, which was not working for a while, is now working again. You can access it from your Control Panel > Shop for Plugins. So if you have a hosted site, or an up-to-date self-hosted site, you can now easily add new features to your site via plugins. There are many kinds of plugins you can make use of, including new folder items, UI features and extensions. They are all free, and automatically download and install from the plugins server.

If you don’t have access to a Webcrossing server control panel and want to browse the plugins available, you can also  directly at http://plugins.webcrossing.com/plugins.

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New Webcrossing 6.4 server released with optimizations and enhancements

July 16, 2013

Elliptics is pleased to announce a special upgrade to the Webcrossing 6.4 server. Revision 1660 was released today and includes many optimizations, enhancements and stability fixes especially for:

  • Highly customized and scripted sites.
  • Sites which run in a manager/node configuration (clusters).
  • Sites with large numbers of members.

In addition to these enhancements, designed to prevent temporarily stalls after a large number of node (folder, discussion, message) modifications, there are also enhancements to the indexed search engine in Webcrossing.

If you are a hosted customer, then the new build is available automatically as we upgrade sites.

If you are a self-hosted customer with an up-to-date maintenance and support contract, the new build is available immediately by sending a request to support@elliptics.com. We will provide you with download credentials.

If you are a self-hosted customer with a lapsed maintenance and support contract and you would like this important new update, please contact support@elliptics.com to arrange for a contract renewal.

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Webkosa open source project released

June 18, 2013

The Webkosa open source project, the open source version of Webcrossing, is now released at Sourceforge at https://sourceforge.net/projects/webkosa/. You can read the project description there, and more about the open source project in general at http://elliptics.com/open-source/.

We want to thank everybody for their support in helping us get to this point.

I hope you all join the project at Sourceforge and also help to spread the word.

Elliptics and our partners provide resources for Webkosa development and we are anxious to see it succeed, and we would love to see growth in the numbers of  site owners and developers using this amazing product. The potentials are limitless!

Please note that Elliptics does not directly provide support for users of Webkosa. Also, the core Webkosa server source base differs from the Enterprise source base we host and support. If you require any kind of support or bug handling then using Elliptics hosted Webcrossing services or maintaining a support and maintenance contract for your Webcrossing server is the way to go.

Webkosa support is  via the Webkosa community itself. Elliptics will  take stable milestones from Webkosa and feed them back into the Enterprise version and perform rigorous quality checks as we release new, fully-supported Webcrossing versions going forward, for our customers.

Please read more about how to get started with Webkosa at:



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Data Center server upgrades for everybody!

April 18, 2013

We have exciting news about the servers we use for our hosted customers! I don’t want to get too geeky here, but the bottom line is that as of this week all our hosted sites at each of our data centers are now on new machines, with 8-core faster cpus, the latest enterprise-level hard drives with double the cache, increased port speed and decreased latency and access time. Plus all our servers now have double the RAM.

What does this mean to you, our hosted customers? Even faster sites of course! Enjoy!

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Terabyte transfer for everybody!

April 9, 2013

Because of recent networking upgrades in our 6 data centers, effective immediately all our hosted customers have their data transfer limits increased by at least 10x! All Elliptics hosted customers now enjoy a minimum of 2 terabytes of data transfer a month. Something to write home about!

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