Zimbra Desktop supports POP and IMAP email out of the box, along with Yahoo Mail, Gmail, AOL, Hotmail andof courseZimbra Collaboration Server accounts.
Project management: Freedcamp
Freedcamp sounds a lot like Basecamp, doesnt it? There's a reason for that. This free project-tracking tools feature set has a lotin common with its costlier project tracking-counterpart.
If youve ever seen the Basecamp interface, you know what were talking about. If not, heres a crash course: Freedcamp allows you to create projects, within which you can create and assign tasks to various users within your organization. (Due dates appear on a separate calendar.) When users log into their accounts, they're presented with an easy-to-digest dashboard featuring all the activity thats going on within a particular project, as well as to-do items and larger Where are we on the overall timeline? milestone elements that define what youre working on. Users can even track their time on a particular task, which comes in handy if your business bills by the hour.
Human resource management: OrangeHRM
Managing your human resources is critical in all but the smallest of one-person businesses, and keeping track of your employees' information in a thrown-together spreadsheet just won't cut it. That doesn't mean you need to spend an arm and a leg on premium human resource management software, however. OrangeHRMa completely free and open-source HR systemspins a number of common HR modules around a single, centralized controller system.
In other words, functions such as the suites central employee database, employee leave tracker, timekeeping module, job applicant tracking system, and performance review systemto name but a few of the available optionsall tie into a single administration module that allows a universal admin to assign out different rights and permissions for the aforementioned features at will.
Sounds complicated? Its not. The easy learning curve of OrangeHRM is as big of a selling point as its comprehensiveness. If you need more advanced features or don't want the hassle of maintaining HRM software on your own hardware, however, a paid software as a service (Saas) version is available. You can also pay for training or customized software.
Website design: Weebly
If you know absolutely nothing about Web design but still want some kind of Web presence thats better than an about.me page or a default parked domain page, Weeblys your ticket.
The free version of this Web app allows you to create a simple sitehosted by Weebly itselfthat you build by dragging and dropping various page elements over a variety of preset templates. While certain parts of the templates are locked, you can grace editable sections with paragraphs, pictures, contact forms, or even a little bit of custom HTML if youre so inclined. Fancier elements like embedding videos require a premium Weebly account.
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