With the multitude of web applications available today, it can be difficult choosing, let alone finding, an application that fits your needs and wants. There are so many fantastic apps available, many of which are bound to be beneficial for you and/or your business.
From mind mapping, design and development to collaboration, project tracking and accounting; this roundup of 101 fantastic web apps for startups and businesses are sure to reduce operating costs and increase both productivity and efficiency.
mindmeister helps you move your web app ideas from the napkin to a more tangible and sensible form. You can start by creating a flow as to how the web app will operate right from sign up to logging out.
“Mind mapping and brainstorming software, awards winner, open source, free download, compatible with Freemind/MindManager.”
inPreso is a wireframing web app that comes in handy when you get an idea for a web app. The app allows you to share the mockups instantly over the web.
Pencil is an open source Firefox plugin for GUI prototyping as well as wireframing.
“Wireframe websites. Prototype web applications. Create interactive website prototypes and mockups with ProtoShare wireframe software.”
“iPlotz allows you to rapidly create clickable, navigable mockups and wireframes for prototyping websites and software applications. Create a project, add wireframe pages with design components and discuss your creations with others.”
In addition to wireframes, gliffy can help you create business process diagrams, Organizational charts and network diagrams.
HotGloo is an app specifically designed keeping in mind web developers and coders. It enhances the level of interactivity of a wireframe.
Kodingen is a web based Integrated Development Environment (IDE) which supports coding and version control of apps in a variety of top programming languages like Python, PERL, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Fast CGI etc.
For a more cloud based IDE’s like these, please check out our earlier round up “5 Great IDEs to Start Coding in the Cloud“.
Scribblar is an online white board and collaboration tool that allows your team to brainstorm on new features or to enhance existing ones.
Sync.in is a web based word processor for people to collaborate in real-time.
GitHub is all about social coding. It is an extremely fast and distributed version control system ideal for collaborative development of your web app.
Beanstalk is a great web based version control app that supports two of the most famous version control systems SVN and Git.
“Springloops is a unique source code management tool focused on web development teams. It allows you to code in parallel and share your code safely concentrated on results, not on lost changes or overwritten files.”
Google Analytics is a comprehensive web traffic analysis app by Google. It’s free and almost every webmaster in the online universe uses it.
Clicky is much similar to Google Analytis but beats it completely with its support for real time traffic analysis.
With an AJAX rich user interface providing world class web traffic analysis, GoingUp is also a top notch SEO app.
“Yahoo! Web Analytics is a highly customizable, enterprise-level website analytics system designed to help website businesses increase sales and visitor satisfaction, reduce marketing costs and gain new insight on online customers.”
Owned by Adobe, Omniture is used by many of the fortune 500 companies.
“Compete helps you benefit from click-sharing by providing free services that create a more trusted, transparent, and valuable Internet.”
“comScore is a marketing research company that provides marketing data and services to many of the Internet’s largest businesses.”
Bug / Issue Tracking
Elementool is an online bu/issue tracker that allows you to prioritize, delegate and fix bugs during product development.
JIRA is a bug tracking and project management web with an OpenSocial dashboard for sharing your JIRA view with the world via Confluence, iGoogle etc
FogBugz is an all in one web app that handles bug tracking to customer support. It has a got nice set of plugins that extend the functionality of the app.
BUGtrack is allows you to integrate source control systems, like CVS, Subversion and Microsoft Visual Source Safe with the web app.
Colabolo is an issue tracker designed primarily for small development teams and for personal use.
“Highly effective Web-based issue tracking, defect tracking and task tracking software solution designed for professional software development teams.”
“Free Hosted Bug Tracking, Defect Tracking and Issue Management System.”
Soocial is an elegantly designed contact management app that works on more than 500 devices and services.
“Online Contact Management Email Marketing Invoices and Sticky Notes.”
“Sales and Contact Management Software for Independent Sales Consultants.”
Stazzle let you track contacts and referrals from your Outlook, Yahoo and Gmail address book databases.
Customer Relationship Management
WORKetc is an online CRM designed for small businesses with upto 50 employees in mind. The app can also handle projects and billing.
salesforce is the leader in the cloud based CRM business but could end up being very pricey for a startup.
“With Tactile CRM you can keep track of the people and companies you do business with, opportunities in the pipeline, communications with them, and what needs to be done next.”
“Web CRM system that provides a user friendly and affordable Online CRM system covering all your essential CRM needs.”
BatchBook is a social CRM that helps you track photos, tweets, blog posts along the contact’s history.
Highrise is an online CRM app from the popular 37 signals development house and integrates nicely with their web app ecosystem.
solomon helps you track customers and conversations with ease from the web or with the native iPhone app.
Bizroof boasts to be the world’s easiest hosted CRM and has a refreshing User Interface.
Relenta is a CRM app that helps you solve data fragmentation by handling emails and task management as well.
As the name suggests, FreeCRM is free for teams with upto 5 users and offers 10 MB storage. For more users, storage space and SSL encryption, you will have to upgrade to the Pro version.
Basecamp is synonymous with web based project management and is used by a lot of reputed companies.
We have covered this project management app extensively at Superb Business Management with SUBERNOVA
Staction is a simple communication based project management and time tracking tool that explicitly claims to be better than Basecamp right in its homepage.
“There’s no fuss, no unnecessary features – just an easy, intuitive and reliable way to make sure everyone does their bit.”
“Planix is a hosted application that enables project teams to consistently and accurately estimate the resources, scheduling and cost of their software development projects.”
“Online project collaboration for teams. Teamness is a web-based tool designed to help you organize projects data and share it with colleagues and customers.”
“Task2Gather is a free online service for task and project management that organizes your personal, family, social and business lives by keeping all your commitments in one place.”
COMINDWORK is a project management app that lets you import / export and work with Gantt Charts from Microsoft Project.
5pm is an intuitive project management and collaboration tool with great capability to pull custom reports.
teamwork‘s unique project management Dashboard shows you the latest activity across all your projects on one screen.
Teambox claims to be a Twitter like Project collaboration tool. It is the cloud based implementation of an open source tool of the same name.
Wrike is an award winning project management app that can help you handle 50 or more projects from a single workspace.
Torch is a great web app that integrates nicely with your existing Google Apps account including Google Docs.
projectplace is a could based project management tool used widely in a lot of business verticals and has some big names in their client list.
Billing & Invoicing
Billing Boss is a free online invoicing app and is a simple payment processing system on smartphones.
Harvest is a gorgeous looking invoice app which handles invoicing and time tracking as well.
For an extensive review of this famous invoicing app please visit “Easy Time Tracking and Invoicing with FreshBooks”
Originally developed as an online Wiki app, PBworks has now extended itself into a collaboration and social extranet app.
Socialtext helps to circulate information, thoughts and ideas between teams with its built in Wiki, microblogs and blogs.
Confluence is a famous enterprise Wiki solution that is well known for its ability to integrate smoothly with Microsoft Sharepoint server.
Wikidot is an affordable hosted Wiki solution with customized features for small business, personal, educational and enterprise use.
“A private hosted wiki for your business. ClearWiki is an ideal wiki solution for corporates, an intranet for small and medium sized businesses, or a knowledge bank for project teams.”
Paymo is an online time tracker app which enables you to pull comprehensive reports on the time spent by you and your team.
“Qcron is a web based application for project management. A great tool for managers to make the right decisions based on hard facts.”
“A complete time and project tracking system. Offered as a hosted or installed software solution – the hosted version is accessed via the internet.”
“Motismo is a simple time tracking and invoicing solution for for small businesses and individuals.”
“Time59 is time and billing software that runs in your web browser. It keeps track of your hours, generates client invoices, records payments, and maintains client balances.”
Tempo lets you track time from wherever you are via Bookmarklet, Widget, Twitter, iPhone, SMS, Email & Mobile browser.
In addition to tracking time, TSheets lets you add geo location data with the invoice.
Syncd is a time tracking app used by thousands of businesses from across the globe.
Tick app lets you track time helping you to be within your budget all the time.
TrackMyPeople facilitates real time performance reports of your team and has powerful reporting capabilities.
TurboTax from Intuit is a very famous tax filing system and arguably the best of the bunch. They offer an audit protection feature if in case you were audited.
Apart from offering online tax filing solutions, H&R Block offers offline tax advice & filing at their offices located in major cities.
Efile offers hassle free tax filing solutions with a variety of plans. It also promises guaranteed refunds from your filings.
For additional tax filing apps, you can refer to our Top 5 Web Apps to File Taxes Online roundup.
Zendesk is the leader in cloud based customer support solutions. They are recently under fire hiking the subscription charges for existing customers exorbitantly.
Mojo Helpdesk offers centralised helpdesk solution complete with a customer portal, Full email integration, ticket prioritizing etc.
helpdesk pilot is one of the few helpdesk web apps that comes with a free 15 day trial.
“Kayako helpdesk software is turn-key and very easy to set up, requiring nothing more than an average web server. Be up and running in a matter of minutes using the automatic installer.”
“UserScape is the company behind HelpSpot. Our focus is on building feature rich, easy to use, world class help desk software that doesn’t break the budget.”
ConstantContact is one of the heavyweights in the field of Email marketing. They also offer online survey and event marketing tools. To top them all, ConstantContact offers a 60 day no risk trail period without the need to submit credit card information.
“Create & send HTML email campaigns, manage multiple lists & automatically collect emails from site.”
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