Looking for recommendations of good companies that efficiently can convert Web Direct projects to a full PHP-based web interface.
The most work on a website is NOT the underlying conversation between a database and the web server, but the design of the pages. Especially if the layouts are complex, I might be inclined to simplify them for HTML/CSS rather than try to recreate.
p.s. while I've not encountered anyone that can plug-and-play this process, if there are, then get some testimonials & definitely trials if possible.
Thank you for the reply.
I guess I should word it better: I have a Web Direct project. I want to convert it to NON-Web Direct and more of a fully accessible web site. What companies can I look into to do that (using the FMP database as the foundation)?
I understood perfectly. I’m letting you know that to reproduce (exactly) as you have with WD is going to be a lot of work regardless of who. My recommendation is to strive for a cleaner web interface (FM db backend).
I do this type of work and I’m sure others do as well. I don’t think you are prepared for the cost of the conversion.
Add maintenance if you wish something changed later.
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When you say "strive for a cleaner web interface (FM db backend)", what do you mean? I thought that converting from Web Direct to non-Web Direct was essentially that. I have a Web Direct project currently, getting close to as lean as it can possibly get, and the limitations of Web Direct are making it near unusable for the goal I have for it. I was assuming a conversion would be somewhere between $15k-$50k, depending on the complexity and number of the pages. Maybe I am wrong with those costs. If there is a different approach that does not use Web Direct, I am more than open to it. Thank you for your responses, btw!
Awesome! Sight unseen, my presumption is that the layouts are overly complex, but work just fine in WD. Lean is good and certainly a better prospect for conversion to custom web! You are correct in the number of layouts (the complexity of each) as a factor. Add to that the scripting that can be leverage or must be re-created as PHP & JS. The 'fancy stuff' (mouseover image swapping, conditional value lists, pagination, sorting by header links, hiding/showing, slider controls, buttons, pop-overs, tab controls, etc.) all contribute to what needs to be converted. I do think you are aware of the items that need to be considered! And I thank you for taking the time to listen to my warnings.
Your "ball-park" may or may not be correct (again sight unseen).
I leave the conversation here and let others who may be willing to, step in.
We created BrilliantSync specifically to make building web portals like this (backed by FileMaker, using WordPress for the web frontend) possible.
BrilliantSync - Sync FileMaker data with WordPress, MailChimp, Slack, etc.
We'd be happy to discuss your project and get you an estimate for a conversion.
Our company, Soliant Consulting, has a full web team that specializes in Custom Web Publishing with PHP. We've built an open source library called SimpleFM that facilitates connections between web apps and FileMaker Server. You can find more information about it (and us) at https://www.soliantconsulting.com/web-applications/filemaker-to-the-web. We'd be happy to chat further and review the application requirements with you.
Beverly is correct that "measuring all the elements on the layout(s) and making HTML/CSS versions" would be needed. FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition performs this process on an automated basis, turning the entire FileMaker database into a functional PHP/MySQL web application.
There is an online demo at this web page which also describes the conversion process:
She has made another good point that layouts should be optimized for web deployment. A complex layout might not be as appropriate for a web implementation as it would be for desktop usage. Of course FileMaker makes this as a recommendation anyhow for WebDirect and IOS development.
However, regardless of complexity, the automated conversion process will still convert the layout so that you may quickly view the results and see if you need to perform a re-design before proceeding further.
Another point I want to mention is that based upon your posting, it seems like you really want to use FileMaker as your back end database server, and this is reasonable. I might suggest building a web front end using PHP/MySQL, but then syncing the data back to the FileMaker database using a number of well known tools like MirrorSync or SyncServerPro.
As for consulting, my company does perform fixed-price automated conversion projects and full turnkey system development. Please be aware that no tool (even FmPro Migrator Platinum Edition), can typically perform a 100% automated conversion - except for the simplest of databases. We have engineers work thru the entire solution to manually update any features which could not be automatically converted.
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