LiquidPlanner Pricing: Features, Costs and Top Project Management System Alternatives

LiquidPlanner is an easy-to-use, cloud-based project management solution that centralizes critical information and automates tasks like timekeeping and task management. It was developed with the workflow of technology teams in mind.

Its dynamic features reflect the vendor’s belief that “teams work best when they organize by priority, make best-case/worst-case estimates and collaborate in a central location.”

With robust functions such as resource leveling and predictive scheduling, the simple, single-view interface makes it easy to keep an eye on the big picture for company projects.

For a full overview, we reviewed LiquidPlanner in detail.

LiquidPlanner pricing

How Much Is LiquidPlanner?

LiquidPlanner offers three pricing levels. Note that prices are listed per month, but are billed annually.

  • Small Team: This plan costs $9.99 per user, per month for up to five users. This plan is great for small teams that value project visibility. The Small Team plan supports 250 active tasks, includes 5 GB of storage and integrates with Google Drive, Dropbox and Box. It includes core features such as Gantt charts, time tracking and predictive scheduling. However, users who opt for this plan can’t invite clients into the system or create custom fields.
  • Professional: The cost of this plan is $45 per user, per month with a 10-user minimum. This plan is ideal for teams managing complex projects. The Professional plan includes 2,000 active tasks, 100 GB storage space and the ability to offer access to the system for up to 100 clients to access the system. This plan includes all the features found in the Small Team account and adds the function to create up to 10 external dashboards. It also offers support for 20 custom fields, baseline reporting, critical path information, Automated Programming Interface (API) access and integration with calendars, Zapier and QuickBooks. However, this level doesn’t offer the ability to track expenses or provide resource workload reports.
  • Enterprise: The Enterprise plan is priced at $69 per user, per month with a 10-user minimum. This plan is designed to manage comprehensive project portfolios as well as resources. The Enterprise plan includes unlimited active tasks, 500 GB of storage, 50 custom fields and the ability to offer system access to an unlimited number of clients. This plan offers all the features of the Professional plan plus single sign-on, expense tracking and unlimited dashboards. This is the only plan that offers resource workload reports, which shows what teams or individuals are working on, when they’re working on those tasks and how much work they’ve completed over a designated time period.

Online support is offered with all the plans, but email and phone support are only included in the Professional and Enterprise plans. LiquidPlanner offer a 14-day free trial for each plan.

Top Alternatives to LiquidPlanner

For companies that want to compare prices, we’ve come up with three LiquidPlanner alternatives – Wrike, Asana and Smartsheet.

Wrike offers five different plans:

  • Businesses can use Wrike’s Free version for up to five users. Some of its features include 2 GB of storage space, integration with Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive and iCal, and file sharing (connect all files and documents in one place)
  • Wrike’s Professional tier pricing starts at $9.80 per user, per month with packages of five, 10 or 15 users (billed annually). This plan includes storage space starting at 5 GB, unlimited collaborators (add contractors, clients and teammates from other departments for free), and shareable dashboards.
  • Its Business plan supports five to 200 users and is priced at $24.80 per user, per month (billed annually). It supplements the Professional plan features with storage space starting at 50 GB, report templates to create reports in seconds, and resource management to allocate people to tasks and projects.
  • Wrike for Marketers is designed for marketing and creative teams that have at least five members. It costs $34.60 per user, per month (billed annually) and includes all the features of the Business plan, plus video proofing for reviewing and approving digital images and PDF documents, Adobe Creative Cloud extension, and tailored workspace that offers preconfigured marketing and creative workflows, dashboards, reports, request forms, folder structure and more.
  • Wrike’s targets its Enterprise plan at businesses with an unlimited number of users or companies that have custom requirements. Because of the fluid nature of this plan level, Wrike charges on a per-case basis, so companies must request a price quote. Along with the features of the other plans, this plan includes at least 100 GB of storage, two-factor authentication, and real-time reporting.

The Proofing and Approval feature that’s standard in the Wrike for Marketers plan costs an additional $9.80 per user, per month in the Professional, Business and Enterprise versions. Wrike offers a 14-day free trial for each paid plan.

Asana has  three pricing plans, free, premium and enterprise.

  • Its Free plan supports up to 15 team members, offers access to basic dashboards and basic search functions, offers unlimited tasks, projects and conversations.
  • Asana’s Premium plan costs $9.99 per user, per month when billed annually. This tier adds such features as a timeline to create project plans that help team members stay on schedule, creation of unlimited dashboards, and advanced search and reporting.
  • The Enterprise plan has everything from the Premium plan, and adds more advanced administrative controls, same-day customer support, and added security and data protection, including user provisioning and deprovisioning as well as cross-regional backups. Pricing for the Enterprise version is available upon request.

With Smartsheet, clients can choose from four pricing plans:

  • The Individual plan costs $14 per user, per month, when billed annually. The features of the Individual package include email customer support; the ability to create up to 10 sheets to store the information and files users collaborate on, track, and manage; and Gantt Charts/critical path to show task and cross-project dependencies, hierarchies, milestones, percentages complete, custom fields, critical path and filters.
  • Smartsheet’s Team level costs $15 per user, per month, when billed annually and supports a minimum of three users. The Team plan includes all the features of the Individual plan as well as up to 50 sheets per user, unlimited reports, and resource management for viewing the allocation of people across projects.
  • Its Business tier costs $25 per user, per month, when billed annually. It supports a minimum of three users. This package includes all features of the Team plan, plus up to 100 sheets per user; automated actions ( i.e., update and approval requests are automatically sent when preset rules are triggered) and activity log, a single place to view and filter all activities and changes made to a sheet.
  • Teams interested in the Enterprise tier package must request a price quote from Smartsheet. The Enterprise plan has all the features of the Business plan, and adds email and phone customer support, single sign-on (corporate logon credentials enabled via a SAML-based single sign-on service); and enterprise access control to limit which domains users can share to, manage sheet publication features, define what types of files users can attach and more.

Each Smartsheet plan allows an unlimited number of collaborators to work on a user’s sheets at no cost. However, these collaborators can only view and edit sheets.

Takeaways

Although LiquidPlanner costs more than some other work management tools, it offers more sophisticated features, like a central repository for data, that can be especially handy for remote team members. And unlike other project management solutions, LiquidPlanner advertises the price of its Enterprise plan. However, LiquidPlanner doesn’t offer a free plan, which may put its service out of reach for some smaller companies.

While a bit pricey also, Wrike is a project management solution aimed at meeting the different needs and specifications of businesses of all sizes. The functionality of its free plan might be attractive for small companies needing project management.

Although Asana’s free plan allows for teams with up to 15 members, it only provides standard dashboards. It doesn’t offer reporting and basic search. Users must upgrade their plans to enable features such as advanced search, custom fields, task dependencies and reporting.

Since Wrike and Asana offer free plans, they’re fit for companies with small teams that are just starting out. Larger organizations can also take Wrike or Asana for a test drive, then select any paid plan according to their business needs.

For even more information on project management solutions, check out our other reviews.

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