Top 5 PBWorks alternatives

Last updated: November 03, 2009
PBWorks
PBworks lets your team capture knowledge, share files, and manage projects. It tracks every change, and automatically notifies you and your team to keep everyone in the loop. PBworks is secure, reliable, and accessible from any computer or mobile device, so your team can use it anywhere they go. You can even use it with clients or partners. And because it's hosted, you don't need to download any software or manage any servers. Whatever you're working on, you can customize PBworks to make your team more productive.

The best PBWorks alternatives:



Wikispaces



Wikispaces is a hosting service (sometimes called a wiki farm). Private wikis with advanced features for businesses, non-profits and educators are available for an annual fee.

Confluence



Confluence provides one place for technical teams to collaborate—create, share, and discuss your ideas, files, minutes, specs, mockups, diagrams, and projects. A rich editor, deep Office and JIRA integration, and powerful plugins help teams collaboratively develop technical docs, intranets, and knowledge bases. Confluence free alternatives are: XWiki, MediaWiki, dokuwiki.

Basecamp



Basecamp tackles project management with a focus on communication and collaboration. Making to-do lists and adding to-do items literally just takes seconds. Basecamp is optimized to make the things you do most often really fast and really easy. Basecamp mobile is especially made for popular mobile devices like iPhone and Android. Basecamp free alternatives are Trello and Asana. If you are looking for open-source self-hosted Basecamp alternatives pay attention to RedMine or ProjectPier.

Google Docs



Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite, and data storage service. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. Documents can be saved to a user's local computer in a variety of formats. Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for editing amongst in real time. If you are looking for self-hosted open-source Google Docs alternative, pay attention to ONLYOFFICE.

SharePoint



SharePoint's multi-purpose platform allows for managing and provisioning of intranet portals, extranets and websites, document management and file management, collaboration spaces, social networking tools, enterprise search, business intelligence tooling, process/information integration, and third-party developed solutions. SharePoint can also be used as a web application development platform. SharePoint alternatives for small business are: Office 365, Box, G Suite, Zoho. There are also free open-source alternatives to Sharepoint - Alfresco, Nuxeo, Liferay Portal.



Latest news about PBWorks


2009. PBWorks - business wiki in real-time



Today we more and more often hear the new term - "unified collaboration". This is the new logical step after "unified communications" and means that collaboration and communication tools are integrated. The pioneer in this movement is PBWorks (formerly PBWiki) - an enterprise wiki service. Today they announced four new features for communications and collaboration in real-time: messenger, live notifications, real-time, editing, voice conferencing. Interesting, that after that PBWorks positions itself, as the Google Wave alternative. But, while Google Wave is an attempt to re-think the concept of individual communication, PBWorks is built around corporate networks and project workspaces, and coordinating and managing the activity of a team trying to get work done. IM Collaboration In the right sidebar, that was quite empty, now there is co-workers list with their online status indication. The internal messenger looks like GTalk and allows to hold group chat meetings. Live Notifications As a rule notifications (for example about wiki-page changes or new comments) are sent by email or added to RSS stream. Now there is an option to receive them instantly in the separate messenger window. Live Editing Now you can watch how your co-workers edit a wiki page in real-time, and help them, of course. The communication between co-editors can be organized over IM or voice call. Voice Collaboration This feature allows to organize voice calls or conference calls (but only in US). All calls are recorded that is quite useful. The voice calls are also supported by PBWorks iPhone app. All these new features (except voice collaboration) will be available on November 17 for free in Project Edition (20$/user/month) and Legal Edition (50$/user/month). The voice collaboration tool will be added in early 2010 and probably will be provided for an additional fee.