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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

10/8/2004 Redesigned and Reviewed is certainly Brian Carnell's best site. With a visual design rivaling that of Greg's home space, and the liberal use of metadata to support cross-linking and topical indexing, there are few sites on the web — with or without Conversant — that can match for clean knowledge logging and information retrieval.

Brian discusses some of the site's new look and functionality on his personal weblog. He points out that the metadata isn't just being used on the home page (which is a cleverly designed weblog), but also on the search pages and the topical indexes.

All hail Yanisar Enterprises, and Brian's obsession with metadata! Great job, guys.

Posted @ 9:35 AM


Server Outage Scheduled

To all users of Free-Conversant and Macrobyte's hosting services:

All of our servers will be offline on July 1, from 12:00 AM to 5:00 AM, Eastern Daylight Time. (4:00 AM to 9:00 AM GMT)

The ISP where the servers are located (in Madison, CT) has just been informed that the entire area will have a complete power outage for that period, as they work to upgrade the power lines and install new poles.

We're hoping that the estimate of five hours is well padded, and that it won't actually last that long, but this is what we've been told.

My apologies for any inconvenience, but this appears to be entirely unavoidable.


Posted @ 3:01 PM


High Praise from Long-Time User

One of our long-time users, Brian Carnell, posted a review of Conversant -- full of high praise for the software -- now that he's been managing his sites with our software for four years.

We're glad you're with us, Brian!

Posted @ 5:19 PM