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Weblogs, Web Sites, and Lots More

What is Conversant?

Conversant is designed to help groups of all sizes work together by making it easy for them to share ideas, questions, files, and knowledge. It also has lots of features that make it very easy for a small group - or an individual - to publish dynamic web sites.

Conversant is software for your Internet (or Intranet) server. Standard features include tools for managing news pages and journals (weblogs), feature-rich event calendars, online discussion forums (with file enclosure capabilities), tools for publishing entire web sites, email and mailing-list integration, and many other services that are great for all kinds of business, project, and personal web sites and communication-centers.

Free-Conversant is Macrobyte's web site hosting service, based on Conversant. We offer everything from free sites, to inexpensive domain hosting, to dedicated Conversant (and traditional) servers.

What people are saying about Conversant...

This is the part I love about your software/company -- every time I ask a question, you reply with options, options and more options.
-- Brian Carnell

I'm beginning to use it and conversant is great. Congratulations Seth and Macrobyters.
-- David Harrod

The more I dig the more I'm impressed at just how well thought out Conversant is. This is really powerful stuff.
-- Duncan Smeed

Wow, This is what I called Super Charged Manila. Thanks for showing what is possible and great team work.
-- Paul Chow

Thanks, as always, for such a rapid response from the Macrobyte 'team'. You guys are great!
-- Duncan Smeed

I have fallen in love with your stylesheet tool. My intentions, however, are strictly honorable. I just did some things with h1, h2, and h3 even though I *still* don't really know how to code a stylesheet. Fantastic.
-- Mark Morgan

Conversant's Weblog II is incredible -- it's not done yet, but is already one of the most powerful online journaling tools around.
-- Greg Pierce

Power and flexibility! Five years, and I still can't get enough of this system.
-- Seth Dillingham


Happy New Year

To all the Free-Conversant and Conversant users out there: happy new year! 2006 was a great year for Conversant and for it's creators (Macrobyte Resources). We hope 2007 is an even better year, for everyone.

Posted @ 4:12 PM


Brian Carnell (Still) Loves Conversant

Long-time Conversant user Brian Carnell just posted some praise for Conversant on his web site. This time it was about performance (he's serving about 2.5 million pages per month).

Here's a list of all of his other Conversant-related posts.

Thanks, Brian!

Reference | Posted @ 3:49 PM


Ruby Scripts for Conversant

Greg Pierce has produced a set of Ruby scripts for editing your Conversant site's templates, javascripts, and stylesheets *locally*. It downloads them all via xml-rpc. You edit them in your local editor, then run the upload script and it sends back whatever has been modified.

Very handy when you're doing a lot of work on a site... such as when you're perfecting the design for your next entry in the patterns contest!

Reference | Posted @ 9:37 PM


Patterns Contest

Want a top-of-the-line iPod, some free music, or a year of Conversant hosting?

There's a new contest, going on through May 31st, where you can win those prizes! Design a great Conversant site, submit your pattern, and you could win one of the prizes.

Note: “patterns” are XML files that contain the templates, pages, stylesheets, and preferences to configure a Conversant site. All Conversant sites include easy-to-use tools for creating patterns and/or installing patterns in your site.

Reference | Posted @ 4:42 PM


Slight Update

We've made some minor updates to this site's design, as a baby-step towards a much bigger update coming in the next couple of weeks.

If you see any bugs in the design (any serious layout problems in any browser) please let us know.


Posted @ 12:26 AM