Despite the recent negative reviews I decided to buy the WP Project Manager Pro + BuddyPress Integration on 1/1/2016 to see what it was all about. I have been testing it for the past week. My initial impression is that it works but it leaves something to be desired.
In my case I run it on an e-learning website where group admins (teachers), group leaders (assistent teachers), students and developers can manage different projects.
Some of the things missing (in my case) is better control of user role capabilities. E.g.:
* Show/Hide Projects panel in front-end and Project Manager panel in back-end for a specific user role.
* Show/Hide individual projects inside projects panel depending on user role.
* Assign users in groups to individual group projects.
I have also found a serious bug which makes it possible for a user role without administrator privileges to view all site projects from the back-end panel. I hope they will fix this issue soon and make the plugin even better by improving user role capabilities.
I have made similar suggestions using WeDevs support ticket system but they will only make these improvements if more users ask for it. I believe these suggestions could be of help in more cases. Please feel free to comment on this below. :)
The plugin works. Has yet to be updated to WP4+ yet but it does seem reasonably functionaly.
Some odd issues, like the date on newly created to-do lists randomly gets set to Jan 1, 1970 and may or may not be changed by editing the date. Usually deleting and re-creating solves but that's a pain.
Otherwise it does exactly what most people need with some basic functionality. There has been lots of comments in the support forum but pretty few replies from the author.
No word on if the pro version gets more attention or not.
But there isn't any great competition. But it seems to work well enough.
This plugin has potential... It is the best plugin for one of my sites, but not all of them.
Several improvements could benefit the project:
Though this plugin does look and feel similar to BaseCamp, there is a difference. BaseCamp is an external system. And if a development team wants to have one location to develop - keeping project notes inside the project, then this is a great solution. BaseCamp cannot do that. So, I disagree with other reviewers that this is "morally" bad software for just coping a paid service...
That said, I find that the above two issues along with some of the infrastructure issues
(how taxonomies and Custom Post types are used and presented to other taxonomy plugins) as mentioned by tavolucas above are why I give this plugin 3 stars... fix those issues and I will change my rating.
I think a great job this plugin, and that is also free is amazing. But they need to improve some problems. After installing the plugin it worked fine but all other features of wordpress were affected: I could see the list of posts (blank page) and the entire system became slightly slower.
There is also a conflict with the plugin "simple local gravatar" http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/simple-local-avatars/screenshots/ that disables the ability to edit "projects" or "to do"
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