So you’ve narrowed the search down to two Project Management systems, Basecamp and Freedcamp. Project management software can be a lifesaver. However, so many different things about project management are customizable nowadays, and a lot of features can be added on for additional marginal cost. Freedcamp and Basecamp are two softwares that try to shy away from this, and instead offer incremental usage including all the features. Both offer similar features, but differ slightly in noticeable areas. Let’s see which one is the best fit for you in 2017.
Arguably, Basecamp may be one of the most popular of all time project management tool. More than 10 million projects have been created and managed so far, and reviews across the board are outstanding for Basecamp.
Basecamp works by a simple administration and a board system – administrators, or users that have proper permission, can create projects and tasks which can then be broken down into further detail. Users can choose to be notified by e-mail or not whenever new tasks or projects are created, and the overall design just seems relevant and copied from modern social media, making it easy for any user to pick it up. Projects can be assigned to as many people as necessary, and each project can be divided up into an infinitely small number of parts, as long as the payment plan you are paying for supports additions. Users can be designated to see either all projects created on Basecamp, or only certain projects they are assigned to. A calendar feature is also prominent on Basecamp’s core features, allowing for users to visually see a timeline of when certain tasks are expected to be completed.
Basecamp also has a dedicated iOS app available; unfortunately, at the time of this writing, there is an Android and Windows Phone app in development, but Basecamp can still be accessed through their mobile site.
Basecamp is not free, unlike its competitor Freedcamp, and instead is charged for by the month. There is a 60 day free trial available, however, allowing a potential user to see what Basecamp is really like for themselves, and what its implementation would be like in real time. The cheapest option for Basecamp is $20 per month for up to 10 projects at one time, as well as including 3GB of storage space. These increments get larger each successful increase; 40 projects and 15 GB of file storage are available, all the way up to unlimited projects and 100GB of storage for $150 per month.
Immediately noticeable in Freedcamp is the “Free” section in the name; unlike Basecamp, Freedcamp does offer its services and software for free. However, additional storage and room for project management can be added – the free version offers a 20MB file limit, and additional filesize will require payment per month. There is an unlimited file storage available for only $39.99 per month, though.
Freedcamp offers most of the same services in the same fashion as Basecamp; projects can be created, and within these projects, “trees” of workflow can be created, tasks can be delegated to individuals, and a calendar tool is available to visually allow users to see the timeline in front of them. Users can opt in or out of receiving email updates. An app store is also available on the website, allowing for additional features to be incrementally added – these apps range anywhere from simple timers, requiring the Freedcamp page to be open in the background, all the way to allowing certain Freedcamp projects to be pasted into a website’s dashboard in HTML code.
Your choice of either Freedcamp or Basecamp should depend on two things; are you willing to pay for the service (1), and how many users are you going to have being assigned tasks using this project management software (2). If you are not willing to pay, then Freedcamp would be the way to go; Freedcamp seems more targeted towards start-ups and lean companies that don’t have a lot of income available to spend on additional required tools, such as project management software. However, if spending $20 to $50 isn’t an issue, then Basecamp might be the better way to go – the only real difference between the two project management tools are the amount of storage available. For a firm that focuses on more information-based material, such as writing articles or using project management tools to delegate tasks, Freedcamp would be a far better choice. But for say, a web development firm, or a graphic design firm, Basecamp would be the better choice for these types of firms, as the additional file storage allows for creating repositories and version histories without complicating the process of submitting your work.