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Project Status Plugin for WordPress

For those of you who don't read the 3.7 Blog, we have recently released a WordPress plugin for managing projects.

The following excerpt from the unveiling post explains our inspiration for the plugin.

Anytime you experience the same situation a several times there is an opportunity to improve on it. My inspiration was a common occurrence of clients inquiring about the status of their project. This often happened despite setting dates, outlining milestones and creating schedules. To me, this illustrated two issues. Most importantly, clients shouldn’t have to proactively contact me to get an update. Secondarily the materials I delivered were too cumbersome to sort through and reference.

There are plenty of project management tools available, my company uses Basecamp for project management. While I still use it today, it’s use is primarily for internal communication. The problem with these systems is they are designed for the agencies, not clients. Most clients dread the idea of logging into a foreign system and the information provided is not what they are looking for anyways. In my experience, those who try these systems inevitably give up and resorting to e-mail by the time the project is over.

Most clients don’t care about what tasks we are performing or what the key milestones are. They  just want a general idea of how far along their project is, what they are responsible for and an expected completion date. Everything else is noise or irrelevant. Being that I haven’t come across a system that easily does this I went ahead and created one.

This creation is called “Project Status.” It’s a simple WordPress plugin for service based businesses and freelancers. It’s primary function is to give clients a visual indicator of the project status. More specifically it lets you define four key phases of a project, currently activities and client responsibilities. Rather than requiring logins, clients can access their project status through a custom URL.

And that’s just the beginning.

Plugin Features

This plugin is a simple way to give clients that information while providing you with a high level overview of open projects and their standpoint. It gives you the ability to:

  • Create and manage unlimited projects
  • Track levels of completion
  • Track current tasks
  • Identify client responsibilities and project holds
  • Identify four major milestones (20%/40%/60%/80%)
  • Send clients to a page containing the above information

Projects are displayed in a responsive template so clients can access and monitor their project from any device.

Screenshots

Download the Plugin

You can download the plugin through the WordPress plugin screen, just search for "project status." Or download it directly here.

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20 Comments So Far

  1. Amazing! I’ll use this plugin in my company website. Can I make some modification on this? What’s the license?

  2. By scienzedellevanghe posted on March 29, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Nice work! but I think it has problems with php 5.3
    locally I define (‘WP_DEBUG’, true);

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1624330/wp-plugin-project-status.png

  3. By Dan Stevens posted on April 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Hi

    Great plugin. Whenever I put content into the 20% Milestone box and press update the content disappears. Any ideas?

    http://awesomescreenshot.com/0dd2v0r49

    many thanks

    Dan

  4. Great collection of very information and resources.I am very thanks for such an great useful resources.This resources are very useful for all users.
    Thanks

  5. Nice code!!!So useful to me!!!

  6. Great idea.I’ve been investigating productivity tools lately and few do what I need- this will be a good addition. Thanks

  7. This is a very helpful plugin for business owners to see directly or easily the status of their project. I will definitely like to use this plugin.. Thanks for the free download!

  8. ah great plugin, just another addon for my blog
    http://www.callingallgigs.com. really need this one….

  9. Great sharing. Very useful plugin for clients and developers.

  10. Excellent post. I might be using this very soon. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Thanks to a nice tool

  12. This plugin is great. As a small web design agency we have to make sure clients are satisfied with the progress of their build. This can be difficult especially if they aren’t technical. This shows in simple terms the progress and allows clients to have a sense of reassurance. Thanls.

  13. Great plug-in. This is a Useful tool to many users and i think i will use this with my Web Design Johnson City TN

  14. Very promising plugin..I would echo the comment above…we need a good / better tool for managing WP site development. Hopefully this is the ‘one’.

  15. Thanks for sharing.

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