While recently upgrading Redmine via Bitnami I stumbled upon the coolest set of themes/plugins for Redmine since I started using it back in 2011: RedmineCRM. I instantly moved to using a customized version of their Circle theme and am going to install a few of their plugins to help workflow over the next few days.
If you use Redmine and have not looked at RedmineCRM – take a few minutes and check them out!
After needing to get Redmine up and running and having nothing but problems with installing gems, I decided to take a look at Bitnami where they advertise “Deploy your favorite apps in the cloud and anywhere else.”
I decided to give that a shot as well as to use Bitnami Cloud Hosting for some of my sites. I had been with my managed host for almost ten years – and after a number of issues (redmine installation being the last straw) – I wanted to try something new. After a few weeks of playing around, testing, and monitoring – I have really come to love everything about Bitnami.
I am easily able to focus on development and fun projects without being bogged down with system level issues. My favorite part? I still have full root server access to my servers to customize my environment if needed. My second favorite part? Monitoring (notifications too) as well as backups are a breeze.
What time is it? Time to get serious about project management
A few months ago I switched to using Redmine
for all my company’s project management needs. I had used it before for s short stint while working on another project but never really thought too much about it. After adding additional developers to my team – I really needed something more powerful than what I was using. Now – two months later I have over 400 tasks in place, clients entering in their own tickets, amazing reporting capabilities, and a great user interface that hooks in to all my SVN repositories. If you are looking for a new project management tool – give Redmine a look. I generally spend a few hours in it a day and have been very happy with it.