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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


RSD Support in Weblogs

We've added support for RSD to Conversant's "old" weblog pages. The new Weblog II pages aren't publicly available yet, but already support RSD.

RSD stands for "Really Simple Discovery." Therer's only one purpose behind RSD: to make it easy to configure software to work with your weblog. Nothing else.

What is it? It's an XML file that can be read by smart client software to automatically configure the software for use with your weblog. "Client software" in this case is any application software that you run on your desktop to manage your weblog, not including your browser or email. Examples are Sid and NetNewsWire Pro.

A number of products have added support for RSD in the last week, and more are coming soon.

Conversant users can find detailed instructions on the support site.

Posted @ 2:14 PM


Performance enhancements

All of our Conversant servers have been upgraded with a number of performance tweaks today.

Depending on the complexity of your pages, you could see improvements of as little as 10% to as much as 80%.


Posted @ 9:09 PM


New Design at Redmonk

Steve Ivy has done a beautiful redesign of his Conversant-powered site, Redmonk, focusing on his services as a "services as a web designer, developer, and general tech brainstormer."

Posted @ 1:37 PM