04
February
2018

FileMaker WebDirect: URL Differences Between 15 And 16

Forwarding FileMaker WebDirect 15 URLs to WebDirect 16

FileMaker WebDirect: URL Differences Between 15 And 16

When FileMaker 16 was released in May 2017, there was plenty of fanfare surrounding the many new features it introduced. WebDirect, however, did not get much attention or focus on any changes. But there were some, including an adjustment to the URL used to access a FileMaker solution.

For people that have bookmarked the FileMaker 15 WebDirect URL to your database, this presents a problem. Let’s see how we can fix it… 

 

Categories: The FMP Files

29
January
2017

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS): Backups

Automating Offsite Backups With AWS & FMS

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS): Backups

In this article, the most recent in our FileMaker Server (FMS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) series, we're looking at backups. It is beyond crucial to have a good backup strategy in place, and FileMaker Server has a great backup system built into it. What we're concerned with here, though, is what we might consider to be "offsite" backups.

Let’s dig in… 

 

Categories: The FMP Files

23
January
2017

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Elastic IPs

Utilizing An Elastic IP Address To Access Your FileMaker Server

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Elastic IPs

Continuing our series of FileMaker Server (FMS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS), this installment looks at Elastic IPs, what they are and why you might want one. If you're not familiar with AWS and setting up FMS on an Instance, check out our other blog posts FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 1 and FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 2 before delving into this one.

So, let’s check out Elastic IPs… 

Categories: The FMP Files

07
November
2016

Capturing Map Coordinates In FileMaker WebDirect

Utilizing the FileMaker PHP API

Capturing Map Coordinates In FileMaker WebDirect

In previous posts, we detailed a technique to capture the coordinates from a Google map and place these into a record in FileMaker. This is certainly a great way to have your users interact with maps, as long as they are using the FileMaker Pro client. If the solution deploys FileMaker WebDirect, the technique does not work. But we have a way that does and after a number of enquiries about how we did it, we’re finally getting around to documenting this and sharing with others...

Categories: The FMP Files

22
November
2015

Essential Update: Outlook.com Custom Domain Email Logon Issues

How to fix logon issues after Outlook.com migrates to Office 365 backend

Essential Update: Outlook.com Custom Domain Email Logon Issues

Back in May of this year, Microsoft announced that it was beginning a transition of its Outlook.com email product to an Office 365 back end infrastructure. This has been ongoing and we recently encountered an issue where the credentials for a custom domain email account were being rejected, despite being correct. Here's how we fixed it.

Categories: From the IT Desk

12
September
2015

Update: Capturing Map Coordinates Into FileMaker

Dropping A Marker When The Map Loads

Update: Capturing Map Coordinates Into FileMaker

Following up from our previous post, a reader asked if it was possible to have the marker show automatically when the map loads, if there were coordinates previously selected. Depending how Google Maps is being used in a solution, this is a perfectly reasonable expectation of functionality. So, we decided to add this to the file and post an update. There was, however, one annoying little issue...

Categories: The FMP Files

08
September
2015

Capturing Map Coordinates Into FileMaker

Using Google Maps Javascript API v3

Capturing Map Coordinates Into FileMaker

Google has a variety of APIs for its Maps, allowing developers to access, integrate and query map data. Some time back, a client needed the ability to click on a map and capture the selected coordinates into their database, so we started our map quest using the Google Maps Javascript API v3. Since then we've had a number of enquiries as to how this was accomplished and, as a result, we've put together a demo file.

Categories: The FMP Files

17
August
2015

FileMaker Pro 14 & SVGs

How to Implement SVGs into FileMaker Solutions & What We've Learned Along the Way

FileMaker Pro 14 & SVGs

The introduction of FileMaker Pro 14 earlier this year brought with it some excellent enhancements and new features to the platform. One of these is the ability to use SVGs in buttons on layouts, and this article shares what we've learned about them as we put them to use.

Categories: The FMP Files

02
February
2015

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 2

Launching an Instance and Installing FileMaker Server

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 2

The second part of our FileMaker Server (FMS) on Amazon Web Services (AWS) series focuses on launching our server Instance and getting FMS installed and up and running. In our previous blog post, we did all that was necessary on the AWS side to set up groups, users and security prior to being able to launch our server Instance using AWS’ Free Tier option – a free cloud server as long as we stick within the Free Tier guidelines.

So, now that we have all that taken care of, without further ado, let’s launch and connect to our server in the sky…

 

Categories: The FMP Files

30
January
2015

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 1

Signing up and setting up security credentials

FileMaker Server on Amazon Web Services: Part 1

We’ve been working with a client recently who wants to host the FileMaker solution we’ve built for them on FileMaker Server – Hooray!  We couldn’t agree more. Using FileMaker Server (FMS) provides more flexibility, security, functionality, backups, better performance – the list goes on, but it’s a wise decision on their part.

But then comes the question, how and where to host?

Categories: The FMP Files

01
September
2014

Buzzword Responsive: Website Designs for Every Device

Buzzword Responsive: Website Designs for Every Device

From desktops and laptops to smartphones, tablets and e-readers, how can you be sure your company’s website meets the sophisticated demands of an incredibly mobile society? Think responsively; build responsive.

 

Categories: On: Websites

01
August
2014

FAQs of Optimized Landing Pages & Their Role in Successful Email Marketing

FAQs of Optimized Landing Pages & Their Role in Successful Email Marketing

The goal of every email marketing campaign is to encourage your list recipients to action – whether that’s buying a product you sell, engaging your company for a service it provides, registering for an event or sweepstakes, or any other action that might be valuable to your business. Many if not almost all of these actions require getting people out of their inbox and on to your website. An optimized landing page creates a seamless transition from email to action, ensuring your email marketing is as effective as it can be. Below are some frequently asked questions about landing pages and an introduction to strategies for successfully optimizing them to meet your marketing goals and objectives.

 

Categories: Marketing Mojo, On: Websites

01
July
2014

Email Marketing: How To Write Engaging Emails Even When You’re Just Selling Something

Email Marketing: How To Write Engaging Emails Even When You’re Just Selling Something

In the last installment of our on-going email marketing series, we discussed the art of crafting quality email subject lines and other elements that convince people to open your emails. Which is all well and good for the first, second or even third email you send. But what about 6 weeks from now? 6 months? A year? How do you write engaging emails that people want to read and which keep them coming back for more?

 

Categories: Marketing Mojo

09
June
2014

Modern Email Marketing: 8 Tips for Getting Your Emails Opened

Modern Email Marketing: 8 Tips for Getting Your Emails Opened

Email marketing suffers from a lot of misconceptions, the largest of which is that email no longer works in generating sales, converting leads, increasing website traffic or any of the other metrics that designate a successful email marketing campaign. That’s hard to believe when 66% of in-house marketers rate email as having an “excellent” or “good” ROI. The more likely explanation? If you’re not seeing the benefits of email marketing, then you might not be doing it right. Here are some tips for improving email performance at that first crucial step: getting your emails opened.

 

Categories: Marketing Mojo

23
May
2014

What Bounce Rates Tell You About Your Website

What Bounce Rates Tell You About Your Website

 

Boing, boing, boing…. No, that’s not a kangaroo hopping across your monitor. It’s the sound of people leaping from your website immediately upon landing. In more formal parlance, it’s known as a bounce rate. In technical terms, a bounce rate is the percentage of visitors who come to your website and leave without viewing any other pages on your website.

What does this mean in the grand scheme of things?

 

 

Categories: On: Websites

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