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Zoho Projects is a worthy contender for your project management needs
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Jack Wallen explores the world of Zoho Projects and comes away impressed. Is this your next project management tool?
Effective project management can make or break a business. Even with a brilliant team, if a project is poorly managed, it will struggle to succeed. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools and services available to help you keep those projects on task and target.
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You’ve probably heard of the main project management software solutions. These services are all outstanding options to help you manage projects of all types and sizes, but there’s another solution on the market that’s been around for some time. That solution is Zoho Projects, and they have a project management tool that includes everything you could need to keep your projects humming along.
I spent some time with Zoho Projects and found it to be a worthy contender for the management of all sizes and types of projects. Let’s take a look at this service and see what’s what.
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Zoho Projects includes a free version for up to three users as well as paid plans. You can get a paid plan starting at $5/month per user for up to 50 users to add more features. Check out the Zoho Projects feature and price matrix for more.
The price point of Zoho Projects makes it very appealing, especially for small to medium-sized teams. The free version is an outstanding option for teams that consist of three or fewer members.
Zoho Projects includes the usual set of features for project management, such as kanban boards, Gantt charts, milestones, card comments, priority, start dates, card following and tags.
There are also unique features to Zoho Projects that might entice you to give the service a try. These features include:
When I typically examine a project management tool, the most important feature I look for is the kanban board. This is because I find kanban to be one of the best project management tools available. Kanban is easy enough for anyone to use, gives you an at-a-glance look at how a project is coming along and is generally more flexible than, say, Gantt charts.
In terms of its kanban boards, I would place Zoho Projects up there with Trello. That’s saying something, as Trello has been my favorite kanban option for a very long time. Although Zoho Projects might not include a powerful template feature or Trello’s Power-Ups option, it’s still very well designed (Figure A) and gets the job done.
Figure A
Zoho Projects also offers customizable dashboards (Figure B) so you can see all of the relevant data regarding your projects.
Figure B
At the heart of the Zoho Projects kanban board is cards, which can contain a wealth of information. Task cards (Figure C) contain information on the:
Figure C
You can also extend the card feature set with a small number of extensions that include checklists and integrations such as Google Drive and Zendesk.
Even though some of the more important features are only available to Enterprise Plan users, Zoho Projects still offers everything your team would need to manage projects of all sizes. I’ve been a fan of Zoho for quite a while now and find their Projects tool to be on par with all of the company’s other offerings.
If you’re in the market for a new project management tool, you would be remiss if you didn’t at least try Zoho Projects. This low-cost platform offers an excellently designed UI that anyone can get up to speed with almost instantly. Whether you’re new to project management or an old hat, Zoho Projects is a tool that will serve your SMB very well.
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