Basecamp from 37signals is arguably the most popular project collaboration tool on the web. There are an untold number of web design and development shops whose designers instinctively reach for this project collaboration tool created by 37signals to help manage client projects for their own consulting practice.
Basecamp has many fans…
Being the brilliant marketers they are the folks at 37signals managed to establish a cult-like following for their offerings which include not only Basecamp and other monthly-fee based web apps but also the Ruby-on-Rails development framework on which Basecamp is based. Just search for “basecamphq” on Twitter and you’ll probably find many fervent fans of Basecamp recommending it to prospective new users.
…but others need more than Basecamp offers
There is also a large contingent who need online tools to manage their projects who feel Basecamp falls short. And if you found this via Google or another link then in all likelihood you are one of those people. 37signals has had an almost religiously held notion of “less software” which in many ways it is a brilliant philosophy but there is a need for moderation in all things. there are those who feel that it shouldn’t be viewed as a gospel and that there are times when more software is needed, case-in-point the constant customer refrain for GANTT charts to which 37signals responds  “No GANTT Charts in Basecamp.”
Basecamp Alternatives By Attribute
Chances are you are looking for an alternate to Basecamp with a specific feature or capability that Basecamp does not have. The following links each provide a list of Basecamp alternatives by one of its attributes such as open-source software you can host yourself, integrated customer-relationship management, those with a free-plan available and more:
- Hosted SAAS
- Open Source
- Free Plan Available
- Enterprise Capable
- Licensed Software
- Includes CRM
- Free Hosted Services
- Exposes an API
Alphabetical List of Basecamp Alternatives
Alternately maybe you just want to scan the list below? If can also see this same list of project management tools along with a short description about each here.
Enterprise Project 2.0
Teamwork Project Manager