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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


Labels: The Next Big Thing

"Labels" may not sound like a very sexy feature, but it is, and it's the newest addition to the Conversant feature set. Labels allow you to easily organize your content, visually, and they also allow you to set access permissions on individual message. Now you can hide administrative and/or content messages from non-admins!

Read about this very important new feature on the support site, at, or you can read the">full documentation.

Philippe ("Flip") Martin did most of the work on this feature, and we're very pleased with the results. Thank you, Flip!

Posted @ 12:25 PM


Version Control

We're getting ready to start building Version Control (a.k.a. "revision control") into Conversant's Content Management System, but we need to know if there are any XML-based formats already in use that we could use for compatibility.

Any thoughts or pointers? Please respond to this question on the support site, or send a private email directly to support@free-conversant.


Posted @ 9:30 AM


New Welcome Text

We thought we were going to have some major new features ready this weekend, but they're just not perfect yet so we decided to hold off for a few more days.

While you're waiting for our new feautres, you might take a minute to read the new welcome text that Mark Morgan (of the writer's site Voices of Unreason) has provided for us, that will shortly become the temporary home page for all new Conversant sites. We want feedback!

Posted @ 7:47 PM