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Alternative to Quickbase AKA Web based front end of a database

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Hello

About 2 years ago we started using Quickbase ( https://www.quickbase.com ) we were an early adopter and our rates where low around $50 per month.
We have since grown very attached to Quickbase and have several large database totaling over +120mb of text

Recently they have upped there rates, even for the early adopters to about ~$250 for 10 users, we are paying around $350 USD each month, because of our extra databases and size of them.
This is unacceptable, at 7 times the pervious rate we can no longer afforded there service, but since we are so dependent on there service we can not leave.

What I am looking for is a Quickbase alternative, which we can purchase the source and run on our own servers.
OR an alternative to Quickbase with a lower rate.

Required features
- the ability to create new database
- the ability to create different fields for the database (drop down list, text, numbers)
- the ability to create views for the database, (including fields X,Y,Z, excluding A,B,C sorted by fields D,E,F)
- the ability to sort the data by any field.

And the most important, it has to be dead simple for adding and updating records so any person could do it  

If we can avoid it we do not want to get stuck with anther company that might so the same things as Quickbase
We prefer to run it on our own servers.

Basically we are looking to a front end of a database
Thank you for your time and effort.
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Re: rdivilbiss

Hello,

http://www.tutos.org/homepage/screens.html
does not allows me to create database or any of the requirements that i asked for,
it looks like a team project management system, and that is not what i am looking for,
thanks anyways

and
http://mytracker.sourceforge.net/
Looks like a stand along program, for bug tracking, again not what i am looking for.
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Sorry, all I could find in open source.  After looking at what Intuit is offering I can't think of a way to get the same for less money. (or even the same.)

Very unique program.
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Here's an option for you: http://www.2enetworx.com/dev/projects/tableeditor.asp

It's an online ASP-based tool to edit, add to, and manipulate your databases. You'd still need hosting for your databases, but...

There are other online database admin tools, as well.
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funvil,

Quickbooks is a neatly developed online database. Now you may consider a few options :
1. Develop an in-house application for all of your needs. You will have to take care of development; sites like rent-a-coder.com and guru.com are really making it easy to do it with a moderate-to-low budget limits. And, of course, you will have to handle hosting, but normally a host should be more then 30-50/mo (assuming large enterprise database space reqsuirements).
2. Get some open source or small commercial package and maybe extend it. (i.e. 1ClickDB from lherrou's links above). Hosting rates apply here as well.
3. http://www.caspio.com
4. I am not sure about this one, but maybe it might help .. www.lightspoke.com

Hope that helps,
A.M.
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re: lherrou

Currently I do not have a server that can run APS so I can not test "Table Editor" and with no screen shots and no demo page, I’m not sure if i want to layout the money on a ASP server just for testing.

1ClickDB Looks to be just about what i am looking for, and because i can buy the source I can clean it up and make it more user friendly, its live demo page was very helpfull, too bad i do not have ASP on my host to play with it some more.

re: margant
I was also thinking about this option too, but i would like to avoid it if possible.

thank you guys for your help,
I think i am going to set up an web server with ASP on my local box, then try out 1ClickDB.
Thanks again

- Funvill
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