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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


Build a Better News Server

Conversant's built-in news server got a dramatic improvement today. It's now many times faster than it used to be, and support for Outlook Express has been improved. Read more on the Support Site.

Posted @ 4:21 PM


Domain Hosting Special - Fading

We're running specials on our hosting services throughout the month of May. Last week's special was on Your Virtual Space accounts. This week, Basic Domain Hosting costs only $50 to set up, and $199 / year (renewable).

That amounts to a savings of $246 in the first year.

This special will last all week long, but it will "fade out" throughout the week. Every day this week, the price will go up a little bit. On Saturday, the savings will still be worth over $125, but wouldn't you rather save $246?

Posted @ 10:38 AM

New Feature: Message Previewing

A very important new feature is installed and ready for use on all Free-Conversant sites. It's Message Previewing. When you're creating or editing a message, you can now click on the Preview Msg button to see a fully rendered view of the message, before you submit it.

This is important for 'Conversations' that have email and newsgroup subscribers, as it allows you (the author) to see the message before it's sent out by web, email, or news, and make any necessary corrections or changes.

See the Support site for more info and instructions.

Posted @ 2:59 PM


Just a Few Hours Left...

There's only a few hours left to our first major Hosting Special. If you missed this week's, that's ok... we've got another one (but different) starting Monday.

Posted @ 7:05 PM