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“RE: Does Conversant Answer Your Question?”

From: Brian Carnell In Response To: 171  Does Conversant Answer Your Question?
Date Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2000 8:40:46 PM Replies: 2
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>I know I'm not the only one out there with a site getting 2 to 10 million >page views a year saying "I wish there was a better way to run my site".

"Do you feel this is a question that we've answered, or is it still something you're asking?"

I think you've got small to medium stuff covered -- there are still a lot of features I'd like to see and that you've already mentioned are coming, but I think Brian Andresen really hit the important point when he said in a slight different context, "It's straightforward [in Conversant] to see where and how various features interact." The CMS side of Conversant also makes it a lot easier to get my head around some of my larger sites -- I am doing things in Conversant I never even thought of doing with my static site simply because they would have been next to impossible to do. (I still think a comparison chart of CMS system would really help potential customers).

It's very nice to have Conversant do all the behind-the-scenes grunt work so I can concentrate on other things.

One of the things I don't get is what Andresen means by Conversant being modular. When he starts talking about plug-in architecture he kinds of loses me. Is he saying that there is something equivalent to an open API that third parties can write external software to interface with Conversant?

As for the GroupWare side of things, I am definitely looking forward to see what sort of tools you have planned. As I've said before, my primary motivation to get away from a static site was having hundreds of users posting all sorts of incredible stuff and having no way of doing much with it. I like the fact that with Conversant if somebody writes an essay or posts a news item I can promote that to the web log or bind it to a file, or give some of the more knowledgeable users web logs of their own to talk about specific topics.

The next step is planning and carrying out projects and the people who visit my sites are always putting forward proposals for projects but there's never been a way for them or me to organize that into something, evaluate whether it's really worth doing and then carry it through.

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