Decent Online Project Management Software With Gantt

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Saturday, March 8, 2008

I am looking for a decent online project management software with Gantt charts. I tried several online project management software, some free, some partially free with paid upgrades like BaseCamp, Zoho etc.

The free online project management software I tested are: phpprojekt (self-hosting), phpCollab (self-hosting), Basecamp (hosted only), Zoho (hosted only) and dotProject.

Some like dotProject supports Gantt chart but using it is clumsy and Web 1.0 UI (no live updating, doesn’t feel like using Microsoft Project or GanttProject).

Basecamp doesn’t think Gantt chart is useful and refuses to support it. It just looked to me like a collaborative Notes and To-Do list, not a project management tool. I heard many good things about Basecamp, I am unimpressed.

Zoho is light-weight Bascamp, another collaborative note-taking application and to-do list.
BTW: Zoho’s spreadsheet is pretty good.

Do you know any decent online project management software which can be used as a replacement for Microsoft project or GanttProject?

For now I am sticking with GanttProject, which is free and works very much like MS-Project and with the ability to share documents over ftp and Web-DAV.


July 23, 2010: 11:54 am

PlanZone does have a free version. It is 2 projects, 5 users, and 25MB of storage. When you click the signup page, it’s actually the default option. It’s kind of hidden on the pricing page, but it’s there right below the list of paid versions, one simple sentence.

April 6, 2010: 12:20 am

Francoise said:

“check out planzone … everything available in a free version.”

Uh, no. There’s a very limited free 30 day trial, but no “free version”.

This extremely misleading ad persuaded me to ditch planzone instantly - I won’t consider a business that intentionally misleads customers to get on their radar.

January 3, 2010: 6:24 am

when the project schedule is finally set (without any input from you), you find out you’re already behind schedule on half the milestones before even one line of code has been written (you know, because Sales thought you’d work better under pressure).

November 18, 2009: 2:08 pm

I agree - basecamp is worthless for project management. Its arcane interface is more of a shared document toolset. We use that in-house right now.

ACEProject - I couldn’t create dependencies and their documentation didn’t make it any clearer. There’s a way to do it, but it’s counter-intuitive for sure, compared with MS Project.

Project Spaces is inadequate. No ability to set task durations of less than 1 day. Same with GanttProject. What, the resources are blowing a whole day on a 3 hour task?

ProjectOpen - “You need only an internet connection, a few hours of preparation and you’re ready to go.”. Sorry, I don’t have a few hours for your software.

ValleySpeak - “Please provide us with the following information to setup your trial server. Your 50-user fully functional trial server will be ready within the next 24 hours and the super-user administrator details will be emailed to you.”. I don’t have 24 hours to wait around for you, sorry.

Some people, like me, just need to resource a project, whip up a quick GANTT chart to get a visual look at timelines and dependencies, and plop it in a proposal. None of these solutions are suitable.

Some are close, but for gord’s sake, if you’re writing a project management tool, have someone who understands project management design it.

July 28, 2009: 10:32 am

I wanted to suggest Gantt Project but then saw you are actually using it. It works great for processes within my company

May 6, 2009: 5:12 pm

check out it´s an online project management and collaboration software with gantt, doc sharing, wiki… everything available in a free version.

April 6, 2009: 1:26 pm

Hi Angsuman Chakraborty,

If you have not zeroed in on any PM sofware, do pl mail me at

Ajai P

March 15, 2009: 2:53 pm

I’m searching now for a while for exactly the same thing. Surprised no web 2.0 seems to offer this fairly basic functionality. GanttProject online would satisfy my needs. Comindwork talks about developing the functionality in a blog post from Feb 11, 2009. Maybe they’ll have it in some months?
In the meantime I’ll continue looking…

December 5, 2008: 6:46 am

Check out Valleyspeak. ValleySpeak Project Server is a very easy to use and better alternate to the extremely expensive Microsoft Project Server.

A good hosted Project Management software that suits my EPM needs is called valleyspeak project server. One of the main reasons why I like the software is the fact that I could continue to work in Microsoft Project 2007 while sharing my Microsoft Project plans with my teams.

Because it is a hosted service, I did not have to buy expensive software or deal with installation and maintenance headaches. The functionality that I have with valleyspeak to manage my geographically dispersed teams works well for me. We also evaluated Basecamp and some other solutions but were not impressed.

[Edited for excessive use of links in a spammy way]

July 30, 2008: 11:47 pm

Check out It is a new free web2.0 service for managing tasks online. Perhaps you will find it useful.

June 23, 2008: 6:48 am

Check out ProjectSpaces. We we just added online Gantt chart functionality and some other nice new features. As always though, we’ve tried to keep things really simple for folks with little patience for complexity.

March 18, 2008: 11:00 am

As a result of a viewers comment on my blog, I am using OpenProj for now. It is free and much more functional than GanttProject. While it isn’t online like say basecamp or aceproject, it works well for small companies and MS Project users will be very comfortable using it. Not to mention that it is free.

Pete BOS
March 18, 2008: 4:55 am

Have a look at ACEProject. ( which at least is very well done, has gantt charts and quite a lot of collabortaive features.

March 18, 2008: 3:40 am


Seems i’m not the only one in quest of a power tool for management but lighter than MS Project…

If you here of anything, please let me know, i’m starting my research and i’ll keep you inform if i find something.


March 16, 2008: 5:20 am

I echo your thoughts on basecamp. I have been using for a few weeks, and think that it is horribly deficient.

Really want something just like basecamp - but with GANTT!

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