BuzzBattle: Basecamp vs. Trello — Which Project Management Tool is Best for Business?
Online project management tools are helping small business owners communicate, collaborate and tackle projects with amazing speed and efficiency.
Basecamp and Trello are two of the most well known web-based team coordination systems and both have a reputation for excellence, but they offer slightly different features. Knowing which one best fits your small business isn’t easy.So we’re lending a hand. We’ve put Basecamp and Trello head to head in four decisive rounds to help you discover the pros and cons of each and offer our opinion about which one we think is best for small businesses.
Round One: Cost
For $3000/year you’ll get 500 GB of file storage and unlimited project management. Less robust packages include a $50/month plan to manage 40 projects and have access to 15 GB of file storage and a $20/month package that provides 3 GB of file storage and the ability to manage 10 projects simultaneously. You can switch plans or cancel at any time.
The Business Class plan also lets the administrator deactivate the Trello account of those who leave the company, yet maintain a record of their Trello activity.
Round Two: Benefits
You can view all projects on one page, or click the Everything tab to view all discussions, read all text documents or view every file. It offers a powerful web-based calendar, and Basecamp Breeze which allows you to quickly create email lists and assign email addresses to groups.
If you work with an international team, you’ll be glad to know that Basecamp is available in a dozen languages: English, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish, and Swedish.
You can attach a date to a Card (for example a deadline date or follow up date) and the card will turn yellow when the date nears. You can also gather team member’s opinions by asking them to vote on Cards.
On the right side of the Board, an activity list shows all the Board activity (comments, uploads, etc.) and it’s updated instantly. Trello automatically reformats to any screen size- so whether the user is using an iPhone or laptop, their experience is optimized.As of this article, English is the only language Trello supports.
Round Three: Applications
Basecamp offers an official app for iOS, but not one for Android. However there are third party Android apps for Basecamp. The official iOS version gives the user access to all project sections, like Discussions, Files and To-dos, plus the ability to attach and download files, and read and add comments.
If you don’t have an iPhone, and you aren’t keen on using a third party app, you can access Basecamp directly through your phone’s web browser. Simply sign in to your account on your iOS, Android or Windows phone.
Trello has an official app for iOS, Android and Windows. In every case, the user enjoys access to the Trello features they’ve become accustomed to.
Final Round: Support
Final Winner: Trello
Both web-based online project management programs can help streamline communication, and boost organizational efficiency, but Trello’s very visual three tiered organization system make it a bit easier to grasp and because it has a freemium option even fledging businesses can afford to use it.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree that Trello is the winner, or is Basecamp your choice for Project Management? Cast your vote below.