Task managers have become essential tools in taking control of multiple projects and maintaining a successful workflow. Every task manager (or project management software as its generally known at a business level) will come equipped with basic features such as scheduling and mobile integration, but finding the perfect solution which fits your specific business needs is often a difficult and time consuming task.
Hopefully our list of the 10 best web-based task management apps will help in your search, if you haven’t already found yours.
[Update] This article was originally published on April 28th 2011. It was updated on September 15th 2015 to include the latest business apps.
Wrike is built for businesses of all types and sizes. Aiming to make the process of web-based task management simple, the service provides a user interface which is easy to follow and stacked with features. Wrike’s most desirable elements are its charts and activity stream, which give an instant and clear overview of task progress.
- Wrike offers both freemium and subscription price plans.
- Freemium: Up-to 5 users, bare-bones version of Wrike. This offers basic task management with mobile integration but lacks additional features such as time tracking.
- Subscription service: $49/month for up to 5 users and $99/month for up to 15 users.
- Enterprise service: Unlimited users, available upon request.
Mavenlink is professional, enterprise-grade task and project management tool which is renowned for its ability to control finances. This is achieved by giving you the power to create expense reports, control online payments, and integrate QuickBooks. Mavenlink’s also uses an efficient prioritisation system through for drag-and-drop re-ordering.
- Each price point is billed annually.
- $19/month for 5 users. Basic package with a cost of $4/month for each additional user. This package lacks financial and profit management tools.
- Professional package: $29/month per user.
- Premier: Complete package, contact Mavenlink for more information.
ProWorkflow is a simple task manger built for small to medium-sized businesses. Through a calendar-like interface users can drag and drop tasks in order to keep track of progress. ProWorkflow also gives you easy access to historical data, allowing you to monitor and analyze performance.
- Solo: $10/month. Built for a single user, limited to 10 active projects and a limit of up to 5GB of file storage.
- Professional: $20/month per user. Unlimited projects.
- Advanced: $30/month per user. Built for multiple teams and groups working to together, 50 GB file storage.
JIRA is a popular and feature-heavy task manager built for issue and bug tracking. Due to this JIRA’s target audience is primarily software developers and service desk employees. Therefore if you have no need for bug tracking JIRA may not be best application for you.
- Cloud hosting and server hosting are available.
- Offers scaling price points dependent on the amount of users you require.
- Subscription pricing: month-to-month with a 30-day money back guarantee for the cloud service.
Workfront is made for medium to large sized organisations. Workfront’s model is built around the idea that standard task managers fail to recognise that a task has many individual stages. Designed to follow projects from start to finish, Workfront prides itself on allowing superiors more visibility on the status of tasks.
- Role-based licenses.
- Yearly costs per user.
- Request pricing depending on your needs with Workfront.
LiquidPlanner is all about creating an easy experience for every user. Tasks are set up in folders similar to documents on your computer, and an overview of all tasks is available on a dashboard. Uniquely, LiquidPlanner places a greater emphasis on the hours of allocation for a task.
- All price plans require annual subscription with a 10-user minimum.
- Standard: $29/month per user. Restrictions on the amount of active projects and clients.
- Professional: $39/month per user. Access to more features and less restrictive on amount of active projects and clients.
- Enterprise: $49/month per user. Complete package built for larger organisations.
KissIQ is basic but aesthetically pleasing task management tool. Built for freelancers and small businesses this beautiful application provides a simple bulletin board which gives a quick view at tasks, progress, cost and recurring costs. For those looking for a free way to manage tasks easily KissIQ is a strong choice.
Workflowmax is a task manager which offers the most desirable of features without breaking the bank. Designed with a three step workflow this service can help to start and manage projects as well as grow your business by recording crucial information.
- £15/month for 1 user. Up to £99/month for unlimited users.
ProjectPlace is different from many other task managers in that projects are setup in the form of Kanban boards. These boards are visual representations of tasks and can be assigned to members of a team. The boards are shown in columns which allows members to drag and drop cards depending on their progress.
- Team: $29/per month per user. One project limit.
- Enterprise: Contact ProjectPlace for information. Unlimited projects.
Zoho Projects is built as a complete business aid. By splitting the package into four distinct modules: tasks and milestones, document management, project calendars and meetings and project forums, Zoho makes sure that users find navigating the application an easy task. Additional modules such as billing, bug tracking, and chat rooms are available as optional add-on modules in higher paid price plans.
- All plans allow unlimited users, with the price points reflecting the number of projects you can create.
- Free: 1 project 10MB storage. Basic features.
- Express: $20/month 20 projects 5GB storage. Access to invoicing and budget tools.
- Premium: $40/month 50 projects 15GB storage. Full integration, the complete package including the ability to create sub tasks.
- Enterprise: $80/month Unlimited projects 30 GB storage. Same features as the premium price point.
These are some seriously great apps. What is your preferred task management app? If you’ve used any of the above applications, be sure to share your experience with us in the comments below. Thanks!!