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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


How 'Waking Up Costs' is Created

Related to the last news item, Clark Venable has written about his use of Conversant and MarsEdit together to post to multiple weblogs. He's obviously found a winning combination, as Waking Up Costs has been the busiest site on our network for most of the last week!

Posted @ 10:36 PM


New Site:

Clark Venable, a long time Conversant user and proponent, has started another new site. Waking Up Costs is where he's decided to move some or all of his political and medical posts.

Clark is a doctor, and a lot of what he writes about concerns rising medical costs (which is both a medical and a political issue.) Hopefully, moving those issues to another site will still leave him something to talk about on the old site. :-)

In case it's not obvious, the name is a play on words. In anesthesia there's a joke that, "going to sleep is free, but waking up costs." It also refers to "waking up to" the rising costs of healthcare in the US.

The new site is nice looking. Apparently he decided to use one of Bryan Bell's template designs, to good effect. Bryan encourages people to use his themes, and to port them to any environment they wish. (Yes, the new site is a |Conversant| site, also.)

Posted @ 1:08 PM

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