I wouldn't stay with IWP. It's deprecated technology, it's really not all that secure, and the user experience isn't anywhere near as good as WebDirect. Plus, as a developer, you have to work a lot harder to make the solution work well.
That said, the only major caveat with WebDirect is your server hardware has to be robust enough to support it. But that alone, especially with a small number of users, wouldn't be enough to make me want to stay with IWP.
Just my $0.02.
Thanks Mike for the feedback. My client is a small agency on a tight budget, although I believe their fairly new MacMini with 8GB of RAM, along with the small number of users, should be good enough to handle the upgrade to 14 and on to Webdirect.
Their license would allow the users to go to 14 at now extra cost anyway, so I will probably work towards that instead.
Last year, we did a test-project for a customer who was running V12, they wanted web access.
We created a small solution under iwp and under webd
-> we've been much faster under webd (developement), although we created separate layouts for fmnet and webd/iwp
under V13, webd needed a powerfull hardware and it was a first of a kind - but the technique was really promising. Under V14, webd should be improved..
IWP it's not comparable with Webd.
In my experience to have IWP working well workarounds were needed all the time.
With webd already with FMP 13 and now with FMP14 you get a result that is nearly identical to FMP.
Fm server webd 14 it's very fast and it's faster over bad connections then Filemaker Pro and Go.
We are using a 6 year old windows server.
Some clients are using webd with old hardware with good results.
Webd is the future of FMP.
You may try it also on the same Mac mini hardware using VMware Fusion without uninstalling fms 12.
Thanks for the very helpful feedback, gentlemen. This is my first client who has been using FM12 for a while, and who wants to move forward to FM14 if possible. I appreciate the advice!
If your clients needs/expects to see their data in a table view grid - like Excel - then IWP is the place to go and yes, one can do some pretty cool things with IWP, but it takes work to get there.
However, if looking at multiple records at a time in a list view is OK with your client then by all means consider WebD if your hardware will support it. WebD is the future, although I continue to prefer PHP sites for long term projects.