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We've never used FM's web engine and a couple of you suggested it and say it is much improved in FM 10 and 11 (we use FM 11).  However, do you use it for a public website?  Also, since we have both our internal and external website hosted by an outside vendor, would it be practical?  Currently, we create our own website and use cgi on the back end to read the exported FM files and html, css, and java on the front end.  Thanks.
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Hi rvfowler,
I have used IWP once to make a small FM database available on the web for event registration. I ran IIS on one of our servers.
You could set up IWP on a server and have a link from your website to your specific server.
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Personally, I wouldn't deploy an IWP site for use by the public.  It is very very clunky and, in my opinion, will not reflect a professional image of your company.  However, I definitely would (and have) deploy a public-facing CWP site using Filemaker's API for PHP.  I built a recruitment and referee site that gets relatively high traffic, great feedback from users and has been very reliable indeed.  

I can heartily recommend this excellent book:

http://my.safaribooksonline.com/book/databases-and-reporting-tools/9781598220414

It will help you get your site up and running in no time.  Good luck!
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Thanks, what I was looking for.
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