2 Replies Latest reply on Oct 6, 2009 10:19 AM by jonnyt

    Question before I buy!!



      Question before I buy!!


      Hi Guys,


      Before I download the trial or fully purchase the software I have a very basic question that I haven't been able to find an answer for yet.



      Currently when people register on my site their registration comes to me in email format to a specific email account. But now I'm getting more and more members this way is just too difficult to manage. 


      Does FileMaker integrate with my website so that when people register their information and become members of my site that info is automatically inserted into FileMaker and then easily managed for things such as mass emails, e-newsletters, categorizing members info etc?


      Thanks a lot for your help.




        • 1. Re: Question before I buy!!

          i've created a database system for a client of mine where they had the same system, online registrations for a sporting program, if your webdeveloper is able to export each registration into a .csv file then it can be automatically imported into the database via a script, the way i did this was not a simple process, it was done by apple script but you can do it semi manually if you like


          online registrations are added to a .csv file on the FTP site

          user downloads the csv file from the website and removes the one off the ftp server

          you can set an automated import of the file via a button

          after its done delete the file


          further registrations will automatically generate a new csv file on the website


          in terms of mass emailing, you can get your email application to automatically open and insert the email addresses from the found set (if they're in a field), that part is very straight forward, categorising is simple

          e-newsletters, not too sure what you mean by that one.


          filemaker makes a lot of things like this very easy to use, i've been working with it since the start of the year and i constantly find myself learning new things


          hope this helps

          • 2. Re: Question before I buy!!

            If you can setup a vpn or a dns link to that site with the permissions to read the tables (mysql, oracle, mssql) then you can do it with filemaker ess and SQL External data sources.


            This would be a much better way of doing it surely?