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Hot! Project Management Comparison: Basecamp VS. ProofHub

This is a guest post by Sharon Thomson, a project manager for ProofHub. Here, she provides a comparison between long-time project management giant, Basecamp, and newcomer to the project management industry, ProofHub.

Basecamp has long been the leader in the online project management software field and has users spanned throughout the entire world. However, within the growth of an industry, new competition arrives. These newer project management software companies often provide similar benefits and can offer up some stiff competition for Basecamp by introducing enhanced functionality within certain features.

Basecamp arrived on the project management scene early and had the distinct advantage of being designed with the end-user in mind. The result turned into a useful and productive product, which was implemented in companies all over the world in quick time.

Project Management Feature Updates

While Basecamp proved to be the industry domineer for quite some time, it must upgrade and change with the times. The sooner Basecamp adopts this approach, the better.

That being said, project management software needs are ever-evolving based on the companies they serve. Basecamp gets the job done for some time, but that is until the number of projects grows with increased levels of complexity. When that happens, Basecamp is often not able to handle newer this increase in complexity.

Basecamp Functionality Issues

Basecamp has helped thousands of companies manage projects over the years. However, there are specific features where Basecamp is currently lacking.

#1: Data Protection & Security

This issue often crops up in situations where there is project collaboration between different organizations. Information and data becomes complex in that multiple companies are required to sign non-disclosure agreements to keep information secure and confidential. Basecamp provides level-specific security features, however, there is always a chance of data corruption, manipulation, or deletion.

In this context, ProofHub has enabled secrecy and security of data through enterprising features such as “Casper Mode,” meaning that individuals can work through adopting aliases to cover confidential matters.

#2: Lack of Time-Tracking Tool

With the introduction of Basecamp Classic, time-tracking was included. However, in the new 2013 Basecamp, time-tracking was eliminated as a standard feature. Users can still use time-tracking through Basecamp, but it must be purchased as an add-on. This feature is crucial for businesses to not only track employee time and productivity, but is often used for billing purposes throughout many small organizations.

With ProofHub, managers can print out timesheets to help assess the time-related requirements of various tasks.


#3: Customization within Project Management Software

Customization is not ably supported within Basecamp. Managers are able to name their projects and assign tasks underneath them, but the customization ends there. With ProofHub, an organization can customize its projects with insertion of logos and branding aspects.

ProofHub Project Management Software Pricing

ProofHub offers a variety of plans for different organizations, including:

  • $15/month to manage 10 projects.
  • $49/month to manage 35 projects.
  • $100/month to manage 100 projects.
  • $150/month to manage an unlimited number of projects.

Each plan supports unlimited users, proofing tool, in-browser chat, time-tracking, and a 30-day FREE trial offer. Apart from the plans mentioned above, there is also a free lifetime offer for 1 project, 250 MB file storage, unlimited users, proofing tool, time-tracking, and in-browser chat.

While Basecamp has been the leader in the industry thus far, newer project management tools, such as ProofHub, will continue to provide innovation and tough competition.


Kristen Bachmeier

Kristen is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University and holds a BS in Marketing with a minor in Advertising. Kristen started as an intern for Atilus and spent two months getting caught up in all things tech. When not immersing herself in blogging and social media marketing, she likes to spend her time drinking coffee, kayaking, shopping, and going to theme parks (preferably Disney).


  1. Used both the tools. Both are good but +1 for proofhub for it’s security and additional features like gantt chart……

  2. We use Proofhub. It allows to make comments, add topics, upload related documents and ability to track project development progress. It helps keep everyone informed on project status. It is the best collaboration software we have heard of, so we will continue to use for a long time.

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