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Hi,

had a random question asked at work and it would probably be handy if I could come up with an answer! Help!

They need a way of sharing data on the internet through a database. It only needs to hold very simple forecasting data for each European, upload and download onto spreadsheets, overwrite if the data is already present and have a basic password system.

I think that's probably well beyond the capabilities of Access. Does anyone have any ideas for a simple and preferably cheap solution?

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Date: 2009-09-16 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avantman42.livejournal.com
The usual approach to a problem like this is to write a custom web site, with a database back-end. You'd have to pay a web developer, I have no idea how much that would cost.

If the database is simple enough that you could do it in Excel, then a Google Docs spreadsheet is probably the simplest option (and free).

This page (http://ask.metafilter.com/60678/Suugestions-for-a-simple-webbased-database-program-like-Microsoft-Access) has someone with a similar requirement, and lots of people suggested Dabble DB (http://www.dabbledb.com/).

One other option would be Zoho Creator (https://creator.zoho.com/). Zoho (https://www.zoho.com/) do a load of web-based applications (like Google Docs, but they do more applications than Google do).

Zoho Creator allows you to create database applications. You get two users for free, if you need more you'll have to pay (from $15/month for 3 users up to $175/month for 50 users, with various options in between)

Date: 2009-09-16 09:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] avantman42.livejournal.com
Just to add another thought - you could probably get away with only having two users, one with read-only access, one with read-write access. Dabble charge $8 per user, Zoho would allow that for free (with a limit of 1,000 records)

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