This past week, I had the incredible opportunity to work alongside some great designers and developers for the successful “re-branding” of @ScottWilliams website, BigIsTheNewSmall.com. For those that are unaware of @ScottWilliams, Scott the Campus Pastor of the Northwest Oklahoma City Campus of LifeChurch.tv — works with Craig Groeschel.
We had never met and never really talked to each other. I had seen his blog, read some tweets, but it was the chance encounter of our mutual following on Twitter that initiated several online and phone conversations. He simply tweeted he needed help completing his website. I had some available time, offered up my services, and the site was officially re-launched this past Tuesday.
Consulting via remote location can be challenging if you don’t have a good game plan for project management and collaboration. Here are four web-based solutions I have explored and recommend.
ActiveCollab is a project management and collaboration tool that you can set up on your own server or local network. Work with your team, clients and contractors in an easy to use environment, while keeping full control over your data.
Pros: access to source code, self-hosted, unlimited projects, unlimited users, interface for mobile devices, invoicing module, checklist module, file sharing, time tracking.
Cons: self-hosted, requires knowledge of installing application – but straight forward documentation; if you go corporate – it will cost $499.00
A project management system that you can use to easily organize your team, DeskAway features shared calendars, task assignment system, file and document sharing, message boards, and more. The free version comes with 25MB of storage and up to 5 members per team. You can check out the pro versions here.
Pros: track work, delegate, share, collaborate
Cons: limited file storage, no invoicing module, limited branding, no docs access in FREE version
Pros: customizable interface design, data exporting, 3rd-party integration, mobile support and applications, massive customer base
Cons: lack of functionality outside of project management, bland design
Pros: open source, 1-minute setup, secure, evolving, inbox-driven
Cons: need knowledge and experience with Ruby on Rails if installing on server and UNIX as well.
Is there another that you prefer and actively use? Please share as we seek to establish open and effective communication within and outside the ministry walls.
Today’s post was written by Brad Huss. Brad works for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association serving as Computer Graphics Specialist/ Photographer. He also owns and operates BigHype Media LLC , a full service domain hosting company. Brad enjoys engaging with churches and consulting their website needs. You can follow him on Twitter @bradhuss.