With two users, it is possible to host the file with FileMaker Pro and then the other user can use Remote access to open the file with their copy of Filemaker Pro. Up to 9 users--each with their own copy of FileMaker, can access a hosted database when FileMaker Pro is used to host the files.
This requires configuring your internet router with port forwarding to permit access to the database from outside the local network. Some users even found that their local ISP blocked this from happening though this seems fairly uncommon.
Another option is to arrange with a FileMaker hosting service to host your database for you. This costs more, but avoids the techincal challenges of setting this up on your own.
Intersting... thanks Phil. Where can I find out more about the FileMaker hosting service??
It's not a single entity. There are any number of companies that offer this service for a monthly fee. You can web search for them, though sometimes John May from Point in space will chime in about now and offer his company to host your DB...
LOL... great, thanks for the tip. I'll definitely look into this. Cheers.....
Google "filemaker hosting"
Monthly cost is $17 to $60 for one or two databases.
Some have a control panel to stop, update, restart the databases.
I set up a client to be hosted by Digital Forest in Kirkland, Washington - no complaints. http://www.forest.net/services/shared/filemaker.php
I had a database hosted by NeoCode http://www.neocodesoftware.com/
This is their hosting FAQ http://www.neocodesoftware.com/?defaultarticle=&defaultnode=&layout=33&pagefunction=Load%20Layout&formfields[categorynode]=669&PHPSESSID=2b110eaf9707634c207c21c431330298
Point In Space FMP Hosting http://www.pointinspace.com/filemaker-pro-hosting.html
I would look at the info on IWP and CWP (custom web publishing) at http://www.fmwebschool.com/