GroupSite offers users a number of tools to collaborate effectively. The site includes functions like group calendars, sub groups, photo galleries, video sharing, file and document sharing, and more. Users can bring an entire team together, no matter how far apart they may physically be. Using an online application like GroupSite is an easy way to keep everyone informed and get input quickly as the project progresses. Additional social features like contacts, profiles, goal sharing, and the ability to vouch for the credibility of others can also help enhance the capabilities of GroupSite. Mobile features are also available for professionals on the go.Show more screenshots »
GroupSite was created in May of 2006 by Clarence Wooten. Based out of Columbia, Maryland, it was originally named CollectiveX. The application was originally created to help users come together, share input and ideas, and make the most out of any project or team effort. Today, GroupSite includes many helpful features and combines the capabilities of collaboration and organizational software with the interactive elements of social networking. Today, Wooten holds position of CEO while Shaun Callahan takes up the responsibilities of Chief Involvement Officer and Diana Giglio is Director of Customer Outreach. The site has grown to include many helpful features that allow users to complete projects and collaborate with ease.
For the most part, GroupSite offers many features that other internet applications provide. Collaboration and project management are important for any business or organization. However, there seem to be a million ways to complete these tasks. GroupSite stands out slightly because of its social networking aspect. This is still difficult to classify as purely unique with so many other collaborative applications out there that let users chat in real time, update profiles, and leave comments for one another. That’s not to say that GroupSite doesn’t offer a valuable service, just one that is found in many places today.
GroupSite offers users a very professional, modern website design complete with large, colorful screenshots and images of the mobile device version. The stylish G logo adds a hint of character while all the vital aspects of the site are easy to find from the navigation bar on the homepage. The actual tools are simple to use and allow users to add personal touches, such as photographs to go along with user profiles.
Users can create a GroupSite account by clicking on the “Try Now for Free” button found along the bottom left of the animated banner on the homepage. The registration form asks for a name, desired GroupSite URL, site visibility settings, site membership settings, and default profile type. Group type and category are also requested so that GroupSite can better serve the user. After clicking the orange “Next” button, the user must select their membership type using the corresponding radio buttons. The last step requires the creation of a user account, which asks for a first and last name, email address, and password.
GroupSite offers five membership options, two under Basic and three under Pro. The first Basic membership is the free account. This includes advertisements and all basic features. The next membership option under Basic runs about $45 and includes unlimited users and all features. The first level Pro account, called Small, runs about $30 and allows less than 50 users, includes all features, security enhancements, and is advertisement free. The Midsize Pro account costs about $50 and allows up to 150 users. The Large membership runs about $100 a month and upgrades to 300 users. A Mega account is available and allows volume pricing, but the user must contact GroupSite to get a quote.
GroupSite is ideal for anyone that needs to work on a project with a team. The collaborative tools available are many and include almost anything the user could need to do, from file sharing to discussions and contact sharing. The numerous account options also make it easy for a user to find a price that suits their budget.