You've now got a solid foundation for building even the most complex database systems in FileMaker Pro. But your databases have so far been limited to just one useryou. Only the smallest small business, though, has only one person. Most databases are multi-user databases, used by lots of people, all at the same time. It's easy to set up any FileMaker database for lots of people to use; you simply turn on a checkbox or two. In this chapter, you'll learn about those settings, plus some of the things you can expect from FileMaker when you're sharing databases.
Before you dive in and start changing settings, consider where you're going to keep the shared file and how other people's computers connect to it. There are three types of sharing: Internet, Network, and FileMaker Server.
Note: Another type of Internet sharing, called Custom Web Publishing (CWP), offers more features than IWP. Using XML/XSLT, PHP, or Lasso, you can build incredibly powerful Web-based databases. But there are steep learning curves to these technologiesplus, they're beyond the scope of this book.