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Free-Conversant

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

7/20/2000

Improved Feature: The Discussion Group Calendar

Conversant's discussion group calendar page, available in every site, was vastly improved last week. Site admins can now control the entire look and layout of both the navigation calendar and the listing of messages on a day, with special templates.

These improvements also allow you to insert the discussion group's navigation calendar into any page of your site (such as the discussion group's message templates), you can localize the display of the calendar and the message listing, and you can have more than one /calenddar page for different languages!

Read all the details on the support site. Special thanks to Flip Martin for all of the hard work he put into these improvements.

Posted @ 12:25 PM

JavaScript for Providing "Breadcrumbs"

Bread crumbs, also known as Yahoo-Style Paths, are the clues that you'll frequently find at the top of web pages to tell you where you are in the site.

While not a Conversant feature per se, a javascrpt was recently provided to Conversant users that does a good job of putting that trail of bread crumbs on your site.

Posted @ 12:30 PM



7/13/2000

Virtual Barn Raising

Voices of Unreason (Mark Morgan) is having a "virtual barn raising" this Saturday at 8:00 AM Pacific Time, and everyone's invited!

What's a virtual barn raising? Good question!

Posted @ 3:38 PM



7/11/2000

Conversant and Content Management

Conversant is not just a Content Management System (it's a groupware platform), but it does have a CMS built on top of it.

Truer Words is discussing some of the issues raised on Inside.com about using a pre-packaged CMS. It's worth a look, especially if you're considering (or already using) Conversant as your CMS.

Posted @ 10:24 AM