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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


Becoming Conversant!

Mark Morgan (of Voices of Unreason fame) runs an "unofficial" site for new Conversant users, called Becoming Conversant.

This weekend, Mark redesigned the site, giving it a better look and making it much more usable. Even though B.C. isn't owned or operated by Macrobyte Resources, we still encourage all new users to check it out, and experienced users to contribute to the site.

Thanks for the hard work, Mark, you're a credit to the Conversant community.

Posted @ 9:04 AM


Knowledge Management in Conversant

As a user or viewer of Conversant-powered sites, you may not know that Conversant is much more than a website management tool. Its powerful templates and macros can be used to effectively manage the knowledge that you or your company generates.

Documenting and then finding your important information is a critical part of everyone's life, whether that information is the results of your last business meeting, or the time of your child's next doctor's appointment. Check out Brian Carnell's latest commentary for a great example of how Conversant can make that whole process a lot simpler for you or your business.

Posted @ 10:44 AM

Server backup changes

In response to customer requests, we've changed our policy on backups to our servers. Read more about it at the support site.

Posted @ 10:49 AM


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