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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


Helpful Weblog Clues

Jim Roepcke, webmaster at, offers information on the configuration of his site, to help new webloggers get their Free-Conversant sites up and running.

Posted @ 8:53 AM

New Conversant Site: Voices of Unreason is a special kind of site: it's a writer's site. Their motto, right at the top of their home page: Obeisance to the written word...

Mark Morgan's the webmaster, and is always looking for more writers. If you like to write (or if you like to read what others like to write), then this site is worth a look.

Posted @ 10:05 AM


Randomizer Macro

We've added a new macro to the Free-Conversant arsenal. Now you can add content that is randomly selected from a set of images/text/etc. which you define. The icon at right is inserted using this macro, click "Reload" in your browser and watch it change! Read more...

Posted @ 5:13 PM


Old Feature, New Again

We've just reintroduced a very important feature when building a website with Conversant. It's a simple macro that lets you jump from a published page to the original message in the Discussion Group.

This feature is most useful for linking a page to a specific discussion thread.

Read the docs on the support site.

Posted @ 2:08 PM