• Review: Basecamp – Web-Based Project Management

    Basecamp Project Management Tool

    Ratings:

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    Friendliness55555
    Value for $44444
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    Summary

    Basecamp is a project management solution that gets all your projects stored and managed in one place online. Share any file with your team or client by just dragging it from your desktop right into your web browser and everyone has access to the latest versions of any document.

    What rocks:

    Great system for managing individuals and groups on projects, simple interface and notifications.

    What sucks:

    Prices just went up and while there is a 60 day free trial, there is no longer a free option.

    Low Down:

    Basecamp is a simple interface that does everything you need it to when managing projects.  Includes great use of to do lists and discussions, the ability to upload files that groups can work on simultaneously, if you need to manage a project, this application rocks!

    Cost:

    $30 – Manage up to 15 projects
    $90 – Manage up to 80 Projects
    $150 – Manage unlimited projects


    The Review

    When I first looked at Basecamp by 37 Signals many years ago the interface was clunky, so when I checked it out a few months ago I was interested to see how it had advanced. I am not disappointed! Basecamp still has great features but the usability and design has made this into a “must have” tool.

    Basecamp allows you to create multiple projects, each one with a distinct group of participants, to do lists, discussions and files.

    A daily email will update you on any project changes, items awaiting completion and discussions so that you can see the status of the project at a glance.

    It is simple to use, the design makes sense and it gives a multi-tasking lunatic like me a single place to communicate will all groups and oversea all projects. This is small web business heaven as far as I am concerned.

    It is easy to add new users, and the charges only land with the administrator of the account, so all my groups get access to the groups free.

    The one thing I would like to see available is the opportunity to control who in each group sees what, but that is only a half-hearted request, as Basecamp really delivers.

    The pricing model has changed recently, I am unsure if they offer a free version at all any more, I have contacted support and will update this once I get a response.

    Post By Serena Star Leonard (13 Posts)

    As well as being one half of the Grassroots team, Serena is a business coach, blogger and author of the best selling book How to Retire in 12 Months and her latest book How to Succeed in 12 Months: Creating a Life You Love. She is currently travelling the world making mini documentaries for her passion project Five Point Five and helps people understand websites, business and how to get book deals.

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  1. Erin April 27, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    I’m a fan of Basecamp too. The 60 day free trial was great to test it out. I like the interface too.

    It’s great to braindump all the stuff in my head in one place.

    There are a few things I have on my wish list — being able to add to-do’s in the calendar itself, and less email notifications for all my events. And I would love to get a visual overview of my projects, like a virtual timeline (rather than just a list and putting things on the calendar).

    And my personal gripe with all apps is the tickbox — I wish it were a “colouring in box”. With a tickbox, it’s either yes-or-no (done, or not done). When it’s half-done, or a tiny bit done, there’s no way to acknowledge what I *have* done.

    So that’s all my downers. Apart from all those things, I enjoy using Basecamp every day. They have GREAT customer service (and yes, I’ve put in feature requests!).

    Have you read the book Rework? It’s by 37 Signals founder and is a great read. He’s got a fantastic approach to business philosophy.

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  2. Serena Star Leonard May 02, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    Oooh Erin, these are some great suggestions! I will have to read the book too – on my list!

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