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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


Announcing the Event Calendar (finally!)

We've been promising a big new feature in Conversant (and all Free-Conversant sites) for a couple of months, and we're pleased to announce that it's finally ready!

All Conversant sites ("conversations") can now have a built-in event calendar. It's very flexible, and has many useful features. It's also still under development, so some features aren't available yet, but there's more than enough to keep most users happy for awhile. The rest of the features will roll out during the next few weeks, as they're finished.

Posted @ 5:33 PM


Riddle Me This

What takes enough classes to graduate from college (but never went to school), is never late for a date no matter how full its schedule, and loves to live with mice but truly hates to live with bugs?

If you can guess, we'll give you one for free!

Posted @ 5:37 PM


Just a Couple More Days

The next big feature, the biggest we've released since Free-Conversant first came online in March, is in usable condition. We're now in the "optimization phase": we're making it run faster.

We should be ready this weekend, and we're getting excited! We've worked very hard on this.

Too bad we can't tell you what it is, huh?

Posted @ 1:22 PM

Conversant, the Paid Assistant

Brian Carnell thinks of Conversant as his paid assistant. That's a pretty good analogy, but then shouldn't it at least get paid minimum wage? :-)

Brian's running a dedicated Conversant server, and he's said many times that our rates are extremely low, especially when you consider that it includes both a static and a dynamic server for less than most static servers cost.

Posted @ 1:28 PM