Often a project team needs to be up and running without much lead time, and you don’t have the time or the inclination to come up with a customized, tailored solution for collaboration and file sharing.
There might be a lot of collaboration portal web applications out there, but few work as well or offer as simple a setup as Onehub. I’m not sure how long it took me to get everything ready, but I’m fairly sure that the same song was playing on iTunes when I finished as when I started. And no, my 40GB music library had not completely cycled.
Sign-up is a snap; just provide an email and a password and you’re good to go. Once logged in, you’ll be prompted to create a “Hub,” Onehub’s name for your intranet/extranet/project space. If you’re really in a hurry, and just need to get file sharing up and running without delay because you have a client waiting impatiently to see your work, just select the “Quick Hub” option and you’ll bypass the usual set-up procedure.
Even if you are in a hurry, building out a standard Hub won’t take you very much more time. You pick a title, a description, and a custom, unique URL (Onehub will generate one automatically from your Hub’s title if you’re not fussy). Then you can choose from a selection of preset Hub templates, which automatically includes certain widgets depending on the package you choose, so that your Hub will be ready to use as soon as it’s deployed. If you’d rather build your Hub from scratch, you can choose a blank template and add widgets yourself from the dashboard.
There are plenty of widgets available, including things like News & Events, Tasks, Files, Contacts, etc. You can add, delete, rearrange and customize the widgets depending on your needs. Beyond changing which widgets you’re using, you can also customize the look and layout of your hub, choose a different theme, and upload your own custom logo. With a storage limit of up to 1024MB, you could even make your Hub a public-facing web site should you so desire.
Onehub offers you a lot of settings as administrator. You can control who has access by inviting specific people, set up custom login settings that allow anyone to request access, and enable FTP access and advanced security options. In fact, I’d even go so far as to say that it’s the easiest app to customize of its kind that I’ve come across.
Onehub is the perfect solution for those looking for collaboration software that can be set up quickly and easily, but that can also grow and change as needed as the project progresses. It doesn’t hurt that it’s free for one Hub with up to 1GB of storage, either. For more Hubs and more storage, Onehub has a range of paid plans.
Have you used Onehub? What did you think?