Basecamp vs Trello Comparison – 2019

Basecamp and Trello are two of the most popular Project Management Software. Both come with a simple method to helps people organize their projects. However, there are some differences between the two, especially on their pricing plan and how to display tasks.

Trello is widely known as free project management software that provides the easiest way to manage projects through Kanban boards. Whereas Basecamp is known as paid project management software with real-time collaboration tools and an easy way to manage projects through to-do-lists.

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As mentioned above, the main difference between Basecamp and Trello is a way to display projects and tasks. Basecamp display tasks in To-do lists. While in Trello tasks are displayed like sticky notes on the whiteboard (named Kanban boards). Below is a comparison table of feature availability at Basecamp and Trello.

Features Basecamp Trello
Project Planning & Scheduling
Setting priorities and deadlines
Support Agile Methodologies  
Gantt Chart   Power-Up
Project Templates
Task Management
Add Assignee
Attach files to the task
Custom status  
Custom workflows   Power-Up
Task dependencies   Power-Up
Sub Task Power-Up
Progress Tracking / Status
Time tracking   Power-Up
Status reports Power-Up
Risk reports  
Executive Reports    
Resource Reports  
Other Features
Document Management Power-Up
Portfolio Management    
Mobile App

In our opinion, the features offered by Basecamp and Trello are fairly simple. However, Basecamp collaboration tools are more powerful than Trello. In Basecamp, there is a real-time group chat (Campfires) and direct messaging with anyone on the same Basecamp account. Its features allow you to mention people, attach files, quotes, add sounds, video, and emoji to your messages.

Another difference between Basecamp and Trello is the reporting feature. By default, Trello doesn’t provide reporting tools. But there are additional plugins (named Power-ups) that enable you to see projects reports, such as “Projects” by Placker, “Agile Dashboards” by Corrello, and many more.

Meanwhile, Basecamp also has some criticisms of it as well. For instance, task management still has a lot to be improved. There is no way to make a task-dependent upon another in Basecamp, including with the help from third-party tools. While in Trello there is a Power-Up to create tasks dependencies, such as Epic Cards and Hello Epics.

In conclusion, by default Basecamp has more functionality than Trello. However, Trello offers an integration feature named “Power-Ups” to add extra functionality to your boards.


Basecamp’s development team would rather focus on features that they believe are essential for most if not all their customers. Therefore, they created an integration API where other developers can build on top of a lean but effective platform. Also, there are Third-party tools that can be integrated with Basecamp, such as time tracking software, accounting software, and many more.

Meanwhile, Power-Ups is one of the unique features in Trello. Power-Ups turn each board which connects Trello to services like Google Drive, Evernote, GitHub, SalesForce, 3T time tracking software, Calendar (with Gantt chart), and many more.

Ease of Use

Based on my experience using Basecamp and Trello, Trello is the easiest project management software that we have ever tried. Because Trello provides a drag-and-drop interface and visual way of organizing the projects. With this platform, working on group projects as easy as using sticky notes on a whiteboard.

Basecamp also has intuitive features and easy to use. Because like Trello, the features are quite simple and doesn’t require a lot of configuration to start to organize the projects and tasks.


Basecamp’s pricing is about the standard in the industry for businesses with teams of ten or more users. It offered for $99 per month for unlimited users and unlimited projects. The price includes every Basecamp feature and 500 GB of file storage. There is no minimum contract agreement.

Meanwhile, Trello has three pricing options — Free, Business Class, and Enterprise. Prices range between $0 and $9.99 per month (per user) on annual billing. The main differences between the plans include the size of file attachments allowed, the number of integrations available, and onboarding assistance.

Pros and Cons

  Basecamp Trello
Pros Basecamp is one of the most easy-to-use project management software. While the platform only has very basic project management features, Basecamp offers powerful integration with many other apps. In Trello, everything is already installed and set up. There is has no limitations of users, projects, and tasks even in their free version. Another good thing about Trello is the user interface that very visual and easy-to-use, and its support for various platforms. Furthermore, Trello can be integrated with various applications, but only limited to 1 integration in the free version.
Cons As mentioned above, Basecamp only has very basic project management features. There is no task dependencies, Gantt chart, kanban board view, and custom workflow or statuses. Light on features. No real reporting tools. No Gantt charts, and time-tracking features. However, with Power-Ups, you can integrate Trello to other Gantt chart or Time Tracking Software.


In conclusion, Basecamp is suitable for you who are looking for simple project management software and has powerful collaboration features. It is invaluable for both internal management and client progress communication. Another thing about Basecamp, based on their pricing plan, this platform is may suitable only for company or businesses with ten or more employees.

Meanwhile, Trello is suitable for you who are looking for simple project management software which is easy to use even for first-time users. We also recommended Trello for you who are looking for agile project management software and does not really need project reporting features. And the last good thing about Trello is their free version with no limitations of users and boards (projects).

Our Score

  Basecamp Trello
Functionality 54 67
Flexibility 92 93
Usability 96 98
Pricing 80 90
Total Score 81 87

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