I just signed up for the Pro version of Kanban for WordPress. Only a few project management solutions have a lifetime deal. The fact that Kanban for WordPress has a lifetime deal is exceptional.
My Team’s Problem
My small team has many projects and we work remotely, so a project management solution made a lot of sense. After researching some of the “best” project management solutions, I signed up my team for a year of Basecamp. Though Basecamp is a good product, I knew it was not affordable for our small team to continue a yearly subscription to Basecamp. Since I already had a WordPress site, I began looking at project management solutions for WordPress. As my reason for leaving Basecamp was the yearly expense, I especially was interested in WordPress project management solutions with lifetime payment options.
Why My Team Chose Kanban for WordPress
I came across Kanban for WordPress. It drew me in because I really like the way the kanban cards look. I tried the free version and noticed how easy it was to use, including the ability to easily drag cards between columns, and easily editing the contents of cards. I can see why people like to use kanban cards for project management.
The best thing about Kanban for WordPress from my perspective was the lifetime deal. I knew my team would need the multiple boards functionality, so I signed up for the Pro version.
Dealing with Cons
Kanban for WordPress offers great kanban boards, but at first glance Kanban appears lacking in some other features found in other project manager plugins. But do you really need the fancy features of other plugins? WordPress has so many features already, including post management and media management, so how about we just take advantage of standard WordPress features for our project management?
Here is the WordPress stack my team is setting up now:
- We added a subdomain to our WordPress site. The main domain is for visitors checking out our content. The subdomain is for our team’s project management.
- We used the free Members plugin to make our whole subdomain private. In this way, only our team members have access to the project management subdomain.
- Also using the free Members plugin, I set up a role that I called “Wiki Author,” and I gave all the team members this role (except myself, as I already have the Admin role). The “Wiki Author” role allows my team members to edit not only their own posts, but also other team members’ posts. So now we have a wiki, using default WordPress posts. This allows us to collaborate on document content.
- Now I installed Kanban for WordPress. This gives us an advanced kanban approach to to-do lists. This will work great for our team to track our progress on our projects. Having multiple kanban boards (Kanban Pro feature) allows us to better organize our projects.
- Next, I am planning to add bbPress to take advantage of forums for my team. Unlike our wiki, the forums content will not be changed by others. This will be useful as a record of our conversations. On the other hand, our wiki is more for collaborative documentation.
Bonus features of self-hosted WordPress project management:
- We will be self-hosted, making our content more secure.
- We can also add any appealing plugin(s) that may come along in the future.
In all, I would say the savings associated with moving away from Basecamp will be a huge help for my small team. I am so pleased that Kanban for WordPress has a lifetime Pro option, as that sealed the deal for me.
If your team is serious about having more projects in the future, look at project management solutions that have a lifetime deal, first.
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