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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

4/9/2001

Conversant Users Who Know Java

If you have a Conversant site of your own, and also know the Java programming language, Steve Ivy would like to talk to you.

Posted @ 8:47 AM



4/4/2001

The Users Like Conditional Macros

Some of our users have spoken up to let us know what they think of the new conditional macros features!

On Monday in a message he titled "Conversant just hit the next level," Lyle B. H°jbjerg-Clarke writes:

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that this personal publishing power would be available to me, sitting ready and waiting, already in April 2001.

Today, Brian Carnell posted Conversant's Conditional Love to his own site, describing how this new feature makes something possible that he's always wanted to do, but couldn't before now.

We're glad you both like the new feature, and we hope you and all of our users find lots more uses for this new power!

Posted @ 2:03 PM

New Feature: Conditional Macros

Last week we released a new set of features called conditional macros. These are a set of macros that allow you to decide what should be included on the page, based on a set of tests that Conversant will run when it's building the page.

For example, you could have a block of text (anything, really) which is only shown to guests (people who haven't signed up as members of your site), and another which is only shown to members.

Documentation

Even better - and believe it or not - the new conditional macros feature has been fully documented on the support site!

Posted @ 1:21 PM



3/27/2001

Announcing RadioConversant and XML-RPC Support

Conversant now supports an extensive library of XML-RPC methods. We're still documenting them, but along with it we've made available an unsupported, pre-release tool for RadioUserland that demonstrates a couple of the XML-RPC methods, and allows you to edit templates and post messages to your weblog.

See the support site for more information.

Posted @ 11:03 AM

UserLand on RadioConversant

Dave Winer at UserLand Software (makers of RadioUserland), calls Conversant's XMLRPC support, along with RadioConversant (our demo app), a mind bomb.

We think (and hope) that's a good thing! Thanks Dave!

Posted @ 12:33 PM