First, it sounds like you're doing "peer to peer" sharing, which is a way to share a file from one client machine to others. As you've discovered, this can be finicky and isn't meant as a really reliable, long-term method. You're also limited in the number of "guests" who can access your database this way, but so long as you have a small group this may not be the main issue.
Second, from your "glitches" it sounds like some pretty basic mistakes may have been made in setting up your database, like using editable text (the "name") as a key.
From your name, it sounds like you're in Florida, as are we. We offer a free initial consultation (usually about an hour) for prospective new clients. If you'd like, check out our website (www.extensitech.com) and shoot us a call or email. Your challenges may be simple enough that we can get you going with just that call, but we can also advise you about how to move forward.
It sounds like you're okay with the older software and have a pretty small solution that you don't want to put much into right now, and that's fine if that's all you want. We won't try to pressure you into doing more than you need, but we will let you know what your options are.
A quick online meeting might help you solve the issues you're describing more efficiently that posting back and forth, though.
Multi user hosting can, and should be solved with FileMaker server version 9 thru 11. You don't need 12 13 or 14 however FileMaker Inc no longer officially supports any version less than 11. The functionality issues can be fixed by any skilled developer.
Multi user hosting can, and should be solved with FileMaker server version 9 thru 11. You don't need 12 13 or 14 however FileMaker Inc no longer officially supports any version less than 11.
Support for 11 ended September 25.