Nick Lawrence wrote:
I have set up Internet publishing using FMP 6. FMP 5 probably works the
same way. For details, see the on-screen Help in Filemaker.
I have done it using Instant Web Publishing, which makes the database
available to clients through a web browser. Clients do not need
FileMaker Pro for this kind of access. This works OK, but it is more
limited than normal database access. You need to give some thought to
designing the layout for the web publishing, to make available the
functionality you want over the web.
You can also set it up for direct database sharing over the internet, if
your client has FMP 5 or FMP 6 (files are compatible between FMP 5 and
FMP 6). I have not done this, but it is possible. I have set up a
database for sharing over a local network, but not over the Internet.
In either case, you need to have an IP address that does not change, and
you need to tell your client the IP address. The database will only be
available while your computer is connected to the Internet.
Before you make a database available on the Web, think hard about
security. Anyone with a web browser can find a web-published database,
and anyone with a copy of FMP 5 or 6 can find a shared database. You
need to read the section of the Help file about protecting databases,
and think hard about it, before you actually do any sharing or web
publishing. There is also a very goood article on this subject on the
FileMaker web site, which I recommend you read. The title is Web
Publishing Security Guidelines. The FileMaker web site is at
I use FileMaker password access control to protect the database that I