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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

2/17/2001

Thanks UserLand

Dave Winer, president of UserLand Software - the company that makes Manila - said the following on his Scripting News site:

"... but you don't need to force a browser upgrade to get content separated from form. It can all be done simply, on the server, using a browser-based CMS like Manila. Other software would do here too, like Blogger or Free-Conversant ..."

Thanks for the acknowledgement, Dave.

Incidentally, we agree with his point, which you won't understand if you don't go and read that page.

Posted @ 4:28 PM



1/25/2001

No New Sites for 5 Hours

We're doing some maintenance on our service today, and adding a few new features. As a result, nobody can create new sites until we're done.

If you're here to create a new site, please come back again after 8:00 PM Eastern Time (1:00 AM GMT).

Update: We're done. Site creations are now allowed again.

Posted @ 3:11 PM



1/18/2001

WebWise on Conversant

Giles Turnbull has written an article for the BBC Online's WebWise, which appears to be a "webzine" for people relatively new to the World Wide Web. This article, Publishing Your Pages, examines three free website services: EditThisPage, Free-Conversant, and WikiWeb.

Conversant is rated as the most powerful of the three services, but also the most challenging for the complete novice.

Posted @ 1:06 PM