If you’re a WordPress developer, designer, agency owner, or just…anyone who creates designs or websites for a living and needs to accept feedback from other people, you’re going to want to read this review.
Project Huddle is a WordPress plugin for “website and design communication. It’s kind of like InVision…but self-hosted, completely brandable, and entirely under your control.
It’s seriously neat. From interacting with the front-end mockups and designs, you’d never know it was a WordPress plugin. And in my Project Huddle review, I hope to show you just how cool this plugin is.
Project Huddle excited both Daan and me with its quality, so I hope you’ll come along for the ride as I dig into this new WordPress design collaboration plugin.
Project Huddle Review: What Does It Do?
In a nutshell, Project Huddle lets you collaborate and gather feedback on two types of content:
- Image mockups that you’ve created
- Live websites. Yes – this plugin lets you leave contextual comments right on top of a live site.
Basically, all a user needs to do is click anywhere on the mockup or website and they can leave a comment right there. The comment will be marked and tied to that area, so you can always fully understand the comment’s context.
You can add unlimited user accounts for your clients and/or coworkers and manage unlimited projects.
Because it’s a WordPress plugin, you also have 100% control over how your site looks. You can even use the plugin’s built-in shortcode to create client-specific areas.
Beyond that, you can also manage your projects right from your WordPress dashboard, including project approvals and version control.
Let’s check it out in a bit more detail…
Hands-on With Project Huddle
I’m going to jump straight into the front-end Project Huddle commenting interface because I think it’s the coolest part of the plugin. I’ll definitely give you a look at the backend later on, though.
Below, you’ll see an image of a design mockup. To comment on it, all you need to do is click anywhere on the mockup and leave your comment:
You can also see some previous test comments that I left, marked by the blue circle icons.
All those comments are self-contained chains. That is, you can reply directly to each comment from the same interface:
Say there’s one particularly poignant comment that you want to share with someone. You can get a direct link to share that comment:
Anyone who clicks on that link gets sent right to the design with the comment open. It’s seriously cool.
You can also jump between images in the project by using the menu bar at the top:
And there is, of course, that big shiny Approve button at the top that allows clients or coworkers to approve a mockup.
If users click that, they’ll be shown a very official looking popup that tells them exactly what’s going to happen:
Leaving Comments on Live Websites
Ok – so the above showed you how things work for a design mockup – but what about leaving comments on a live website?
Then, users will be able to make comments just as easily as they did on image mockups:
As you’d expect, you can even click through to different pages and leave comments on those pages as well.
You can always see a list of comments for all pages by expanding the sidebar interface:
Seriously – super neat!
How The Backend of Project Huddle Functions
Because Project Huddle is a WordPress plugin, you manage the entire backend directly through your WordPress site.
The backend is divided into three main areas:
In the Settings area, you can manage how your interface looks, the various text strings, and more:
In the Websites area, you can add new websites and choose which users have access to that project:
A More Detailed Look at the Mockups Management Interface
The Mockups interface is especially neat because it lets you also manage the approval status of your various mockups.
For example, on the main page, you can get a look at your projects and their overall progress:
If you drill down into a specific project, you can easily:
- Add mockup images
- Manage approval
- View comments
- Manage project members
Further down the page, you can also manage more nitty-gritty details:
One neat thing in these settings is the ability to add password protection to your project.
Using Version Control
Another neat thing that you can do is add new versions of existing mockups as you make changes. This allows you to track how things have changed over time and keep everything organized:
You can go even further and view a timeline of how things have changed:
Embedding Projects With Shortcodes
If you want more control over sharing your projects, Project Huddle lets you embed projects with shortcodes. For example, you can use a simple shortcode to generate a project summary page like this:
Combined with some password protection, you could use this to create an entire client area.
How Much Does Project Huddle Cost?
Given how expensive tools like InVision and RedPen are, I’m guessing that the price of Project Huddle is going to shock you…in a good way.
Project Huddle is just a one-time payment of $89. Remember – that gets you unlimited projects and unlimited users.
If you want to continue your updates and support past the first year, you’ll even get a 30% discount on renewals, which is pretty generous.
Final Thoughts on Project Huddle
Project Huddle is incredibly well put together. It’s amazing how smooth the entire interface is. No lag or glitches – it feels like a custom built solution, not some “add-on” to WordPress.
Not only do you get more control in comparison to SaaS tools, you’ll also save a boatload of money.
I now understand why Daan was so excited about this plugin!
If you’re intrigued by the idea of Project Huddle, I encourage you to create a free demo site to play around with its features.
If it impresses you as much as it did me, you can then purchase it risk-free with a 30-day money-back guarantee.