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Moving DB and Web interface from FMPro Server 5.5 to 9

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We have FileMaker Server 5.5 hosting databases to the Web with the Web-to-DB interaction written in CDML. We're also running FileMaker Server 9, which is not currently serving any files to the Web. I would like data from one of the old 5.5 files to display in one of our new FileMaker 9 databases, but it appears that's not possible. (If I'm wrong on this point, please let me know!)

I could overcome this obstacle by converting the 5.5 file to 9, but I'm not sure how much work I'd be making for myself in the process, specifically related with the Web interface. I have not worked with Web interfaces to a FileMaker database in a verrrrry long time and I'm not familiar with PHP (I'm a ColdFusion / SQL Server gal). Here are links to the two Web interfaces that would be impacted:

http://fmpro.scoe.net/employee_directory/
http://www.scoe.net/schools/districts.html (from here, each "list all schools" link calls the database)

I've come across a product called Black Belt which is supposed to let you use CDML with FileMaker Server 9. Is the conversion process so cumbersome that it would be worthwhile to consider a third-party product to avoid a complete rewrite? Or am I anticipating a bigger task than I would really be facing?

Any advice, suggestions, opinions will be much appreciated!
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that's some work... make a test with instant web publishing to see if you like it; if yes you need the advanced server to serve web pages for more than 5 users.
otherwise, you can use the php feature from the standard fm server, but that's rarely ok with the raw export, you need to modify it a bit, especially to suit your appearance. so if you're not php aware, forget it.
that typically an application which be stored in some sql database and interogated a by some php pages for me.
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It was enough to make me realize I want to avoid moving this particular app from 5.5 to 9.0, thanks!
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