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Web vs Windows

So what am I giving up by using a subscriber or web based database versus using the main host database?

The following is a breakdown of the differences between the main “host” database, “web” database, and a remote “subscriber” database for ACT! Premium 2013 or later. These distinctions will help users determine the deployment strategy most suitable for their team.
The “Host” database resides on your server, and can only be accessed directly with the ACT windows client by Keystroke authorized personnel. The “Web” database is the thin client means to access the host database with a browser, tablet, or smartphone. A “Remote” database, often called a “subscriber” database, is created from the host database and is designed to be deployed locally on customers computers for use with the ACT windows software. These databases synchronize with the host database to send and receive updates, but have certain limitations to the changes you can make to them – as illustrated in the chart below.

Application Task Host
Database
Web
Database
Remote
Database
Add, edit, or delete database fields Yes Yes* No
Add, delete, enable, or disable users Yes Yes** No
Create and manage custom activity types and priorities Yes No No
Create and manage sales processes and stages Yes No No
Create and re-create remote databases Yes No No
Define a password policy Yes Yes No
Initiate synchronization No No Yes
Install remote databases No No Yes
Schedule resources Yes Yes No
Set a synchronization schedule No No Yes
Set up automated synchronization using ACT! Scheduler No No Yes
Unpack and restore remote databases No No Yes

* Act! v16 or newer, ** Act! 2012 or newer

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