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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

6/16/2002

Improved Style Sheets

There's an update to Conversant with a major rewrite to the stylesheet editor, courtesy Greg Pierce. It no longer changes the order of elements unless you use the multi-field editor (which is no longer the default).

Basically, if you're using the single-field editor, whatever you submit is what will be served as the stylesheet. This makes it possible to do advanced stylesheet effects based on the style order, something that was not possible before.

Posted @ 6:28 PM

Performance Tweak

We've just updated all of the servers with a performance tweak for the weblogs. It's really a bug fix, but the only effect the bug had was to slow down the weblog pages. (The bug was added sometime in the last few weeks.)

Some of you will notice it, some of you won't, but on one site we tested the home page loading time dropped from 15 seconds to 1.5 seconds. That's definitely noticeable.

Posted @ 6:29 PM



6/10/2002

New Date Formatting

Users have been asking us for a long time for more choices in formatting dates in Conversant. We've just posted a long page of docs that describes how to format dates with all of the date macros using some brand new formatting choices:

http://support.free-conversant.com/docs/dates

The new formatting choices allow you to format your dates in any of an infinite number of ways, including localizing them if you want to.

This is probably a lot to absorb. You may want to start out with a little "play time" with these new formatting options. The keywords are very easy to work with, but when you start using the more advanced formatting codes you're at least going to have to look at the chart pretty frequently. Let us know what you think, please, and of course we're here to help with any questions.

Posted @ 11:31 AM



5/23/2002

Daypop Top 40

Tuesday's developer release of Conversant is currently tied for #20 on the Daypop Top 40. Thanks to all the sites that have helped spread the news! We really appreciate it.

Posted @ 12:02 PM

What's so exciting?

What's so exciting about this release of Conversant? It's the first! Before last Tuesday, Conversant itself wasn't available except through our hosting service, or through a consulting agreement with Macrobyte Resources.

This is the first public release of the software itself, ever. We hope you will visit Conversant Developer Central and give it a try.

Posted @ 2:08 PM