Two new wizards will be available soon (very soon). This may sound like
a small announcement, at first, but a huge amount of work has gone into
I want to point out, right up front, that this whole thing is a
client-sponsored project. Clark Venable,
Terry Frazier, and a group
at Cornell University have paid for this whole thing. Thank you very
much, all three of you, for seeing the value in this proposal, and
especially for funding it.
The first (available now in pre-release, beta form) is primarily for
the designers among our users. It allows you to create an XML "Pattern"
file from an existing site. The pattern file can contain just about
site's page structure and properties.
Perhaps the most interesting part of these files is that they can be as
thorough or sparse as you want. They could contain only a couple of
templates and stylesheets for the "look" of a site, or just a few
resources that you want to use on all of your personal sites, or
To access the wizard, go to your site's __Wizards__ page. (For example,
<http://www.free-conversant.com/yourSiteHere/__Wizards__> ) and then
click on "Pattern Maker".
We will, eventually, create a site for people to upload Conversant
patterns, and rate the patterns created by others. (We'll check them
all, too, to make sure they're at least functional.)
THIS IS AN OPEN BETA! WE NEED FEEDBACK. If you have questions or
comments about the wizard, please post them here on the support site.
The second wizard (not yet available, but coming very soon) is the
"other side of the coin." It lets you upload a Pattern (created by the
first wizard) and apply it to your site. So, with the click of a few
buttons, you could have a totally new look or new features (or both).
Like the way someone else's forum works? If they have provided a
pattern for it, this wizard lets you duplicate it on your own site.
Then, of course, you can customize it or use it as-is.
Eventually, the pattern files will be used to create new sites, both
through free-conversant and when adding new conversations to your
zones. Those features will come last.
Both wizards are still being worked on. The first one is available now
but some features don't work yet (they're marked clearly, though). The
second wizard should be available this weekend, if not sooner.
Again, your feedback, questions, and comments are all strongly