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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


Better Tools for Webloggers

Conversant sites are not just weblogs, but they do include a very powerful set of weblog tools which integrate with the rest of the site.

Brian Carnell agrees, and he's written a wonderful article about Conversant's weblogging and other tools.

Thanks, Brian!

Posted @ 3:30 PM


Threadmole Succeeds with JavaScript Syndication

We discovered this week that one small site in the Free-Covnersant community - thread mole - is getting a lot of attention out on the rest of the web, but hardly anyone has seen it!

"How's that possible?" you ask. Well, it's simple: this little site is succeeding by producing interesting content - stuff that people really want to see - and then syndicating it.

"What does 'syndicating' mean?" you ask. (Full of questions, aren't you?) Syndicating, in this case, simply means making their content - the real information on their site - available for publishing on other sites, automatically.

The authors of this site (Sean Mattison and Lyle HĂžjbjerg-Clark) collect interesting information about the online-comics world by reading the many comic-related discussion boards, and then they post links to those threads on their site. Any web site can then have those links by including a small javascript somewhere on the web page: everything else happens automatically.

For more information, see the Thread Mole syndication page.

Posted @ 9:35 AM


Conversant and Knowledge Management

Brian Carnell wrote a short essay on Conversant and Knowledge Management last week. Definitely worth reading if you're running a site with a lot of real information (or considering such a site).

Brian's always happy to discuss anything he's written, so don't be shy.

Posted @ 5:05 PM

Sid's Back

Steve Ivy announced a new pre-release build of Sid, his "Conversant companion" for the Mac OS X operating system.

Posted @ 5:29 PM