My experience with using database applications is limited to authoring in MS Access and is out-of-date by more than six years. I need to produce several unique databases and plan to hire someone to construct them in the near future. Unfortunately, I do not have the skill-set to even know where to begin this process. Would you please recommend database application(s) that meet the following criteria:
- App must be readily available and unlikely to be discontinued in the next 12 months.
- App should be relatively popular with the current user base.
- App must be able to utilize hundreds of thousands of individual records.
- App must be accessible for data entry and reporting by hundreds of concurrent users.
- App must be accessible via the WWW for data entry and reporting.
- App should be accessible via the Internet for maintenance and structural revisions.
- App should be as cost effective as possible. (Open-source alternatives are acceptable.)
- App with WYSIWYG editing capabilities would be a bonus since it would allow me to make simple revisions to the DB.
Thank you very much for your time and effort on my behalf.