Thank you for your post, it certainly sounds like you have an exciting project. I have created a help document that will answer most of these questions for you. http://www.fmwebschool.com/resources/php_basics.pdf
I assume that I will be using Filemaker Server 8 Advanced.Yes, you will be using FileMaker Server 8 Advanced
My questions are:
1. Does Filemaker Server 8 Advanced get installed on the IPís fileserver along with my creation?FileMaker Server Advanced is needed to host the database file. You can host the web files wherever you like. There are several wonderful FileMaker hosting companies that can help you with this.
2. Do I have to use Filemaker Server 8 Advance to do the programming or can I use Filemaker 8 Advanced?You will need FileMaker Server Advanced to test the pages to make sure they work. If you do not have FMSA you can request a developer version from FileMaker Inc. The developer license enables you to build and test your web solutions.That being said, you do "not" need FMSA8 to write the code. Any web editor or text pad will do.
3. Is the limit of 100 simultaneous users for Filemaker Server 8 or for my application. In other words if I created 2 different versions running side by side can I have 100 simultaneous users on each?The 100 user limit is very deceiving. You could actually have 1000 people on your website. FileMaker can only handle 100 simultaneous connections to the database. If you use custom web publishing with FX.php or PHP and FileMaker you should not have a problem at all.
4. Finally and probably most important. What would you suggest would be the best approach to publishing and having this creation run smoothly on the internet?We have built over 300 FileMaker websites for companies over the past several years. We use FX.php and PHP with all of our solutions. PHP is incredibly easy to learn and is very powerful. I suggest that you read this help guide to get started http://www.fmwebschool.com/resources/php_basics.pdf
We have also written a great book to teach FileMaker and PHP. You can check out the book at:http://www.fmwebschool.com/filemaker_php.php
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com
If I can be of further assistance.
Stephen K Knighthttp://www.fmwebschool.com