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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


Metadata Madness

Brian Carnell is also one of Conversant's more prolific users. He's written a great article on how Conversant's new "Custom Fields" feature helps him add long-term value to the knowledge he's created. Brian runs a number of sites including, Brian.Carnell.Com, Equity Feminism, and, so he has a lot of knowledge to manage.

Thanks again, Brian!

Posted @ 9:32 AM


Building a Slashdot-Style Messageboard

Lyle Clark, one of Conversant's more prolific users, has posted a page of documentation on the support site for building Slashdot-style messageboards within a Conversant site.

Lyle runs a number of Conversant sites, including Threadmole, Lo-Fi Press, and Mooloo.

Thanks for sharing, Lyle!

Posted @ 11:08 PM


New Feature: Custom Database Fields

This weekend, we released a huge new feature for Conversant, called "Custom Fields". This feature allows you to add an unlimited number of fields to your Conversant databases.

These fields can be used for tracking additional information with your messages, or categorizing the messages for knowledge management and more effective searching, or any number of other ways. Be creative!

Read the full announcement for this feature, on the support site.

Posted @ 7:39 PM