Favro vs Zoho Projects: 2024 Comparison

Favro and Zoho Projects are two of the most popular project management tools available today.

But how do they stack up against each other?

Which one manages tasks better?
Which one helps you allocate resources more effectively?
Which one is more affordable?

Discover all the answers in our detailed comparison guide.

A. Project and Task Management

Get. Things. Done. 

You and every project manager likely live by those words.

It’s also the heart and soul of any project management software. 

This is why, before anything else, you must evaluate a tool’s ability to help you manage your tasks and projects.

Features to look out for:

  • Project structure: A simple, intuitive way to organize work and toggle through multiple projects, tasks, boards, etc. 
  • Views: Board, list, timeline, Gantt, and other types of views that let you visualize various types of information within each project.
  • Tasks & subtasks: Dedicated spaces offering the ability to drill down to the smallest level of actionable detail about each project item. 
  • Statuses: Effortless ways to communicate the exact progress of each task, board, project, etc.
  • Checklists: Quick to-do lists for each task so things don’t fall through the cracks 
  • Task templates: Easy-to-copy templates to create identical tasks at scale across multiple projects. 
  • Assignees: The ability to assign tasks, boards, or projects to individual team members, groups, or even teams. 
  • Priorities: A way to communicate the urgency level of each task, subtask, or project. 
  • Automations: Trigger-based (if X happens then do Y); ways to automate repetitive actions such as notifications, comments, status updates, etc.

1. Project Structure / Hierarchy

a. Favro

Organize your workflow within the Favro work hierarchy as follows:

Workspaces > Collections > Lists (Backlogs) > Boards > Cards

  • Workspaces: Groups of collections, teams, projects, etc.
  • Collections: Distinct spaces for teams, projects, clients, locations, etc.
  • Lists (Backlogs): A prioritized view of all the tasks related to a particular project or client.
  • Boards: A drag-and-drop kanban-style look at the work, workflow, and progress of items in a list.
  • Cards: Individual tasks or work items that provide assignees details and an area to discuss progress.

Favro_Project_Structure

b. Zoho Projects

Transform your workspace with the help of a simple, user-friendly project hierarchy. 

Portal > Project groups > Projects > Milestones > Tasks > Sub-tasks

  • Portal: A centralized hub to manage projects, track progress, and communicate with team members.
  • Project groups: Organize multiple projects into a single project group for easy access.
  • Projects: A collection of milestones and tasks to achieve a specific objective.
  • Milestones: Short-term goals that let you break down projects and represent a key stage of progress.
  • Tasks: Actionable items that help achieve milestones and the project’s objectives.
  • Subtasks: Granular action items within each task.

Zoho_Projects_Project_Structure

 

2. Views

a. Favro

Favro offers five handy ways to view your work:

  • Kanban: A left-to-right flow of work that organizes cards by task status, allowing users to drag and drop cards as they move through the project stages.
  • Sheet: A table-style overview of all cards and their crucial fields (E.g., Owner, priority, status, etc.).
  • Timeline: A way to oversee task scheduling and work towards goals.
  • Cards: Allows you to prioritize cards and break down goals into actionable steps
  • Charts: Set up charts to visualize data like the number of cards compared to available time, bottlenecks, and efficiency over time. Save your charts for regular use.

Favro_Views

b. Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects offer several views for managing tasks and tracking progress:

  • Work Overview: Displays a comprehensive view of all tasks, projects, and milestones across a portal.
  • Project List: Presents a quick view of completion rates, task statuses, budget details, and more of all the projects.
  • Task List: A list view of all tasks, with columns displaying information such as task name, assignee, due date, and status. 
  • Issue List: Displays a vertical view of all issues, including their project, classification, status, severity, due dates, and more. 
  • Project Gantt: Showcases project and task timelines, schedules, and progress. You can view the projects on the right side and schedule information on the left.
  • Custom: Use filters to select specific criteria and customize your project, task, and issue views.
  • Kanban: Organize cards (tasks and issues) in columns to indicate statuses, priority, and modules. Click on the cards to view comments, files, and other relevant information.
  • Chronology Gantt: Visual representation of the timeline and the relationship between tasks to help manage task dependencies and overlaps.
  • Milestone Gantt: Get a hierarchy-based view of all the tasks that fall under a particular milestone, along with the due dates, overdue tasks, and other task details.
  • Calendar: A calendar-like display of your project, task, milestone, and issue deadlines on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.

Zoho_Projects_Views

3. Tasks & Subtasks

a. Favro

Favro represents tasks and subtasks as cards. You can also create cards as “child items” under a parent card to indicate smaller work items required to progress a larger task.

When setting up a card, you can add details like:

  • Relationship to other cards, statuses, boards, lists, or collections
  • Task description
  • Dependencies
  • Task status
  • Members (assignees)
  • Tags
  • Fields and custom fields
  • Checklists
  • Files
  • Tables
  • Bullet lists

Favro_Tasks_Subtasks

b. Zoho Projects

A task in Zoho Projects helps manage simple and complex projects by breaking them down into actionable items. 

Tasks provide information on: 

  • Task descriptions
  • Assignees
  • Tags 
  • Due Dates and Time Estimates
  • Checklists
  • Attachments
  • Comments

Zoho_Projects_Tasks_Subtasks

4. Statuses

a. Favro

Create custom statuses for lists or boards to outline the workflow of your projects and processes.

Favro_Statuses

b. Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects offer statuses to help users track the progress of projects, tasks, and issues. 

Create custom task statuses that suit your project workflow under the ‘Open’ and ‘Closed’ categories.

Milestones in Zoho Projects have their own status categories like Active, Completed, and Archived.

When you complete all the tasks under a milestone, the tool automatically updates its status. Similarly, following a milestone status update, project status can also be updated automatically through custom functions.

Zoho_Projects_Statuses

5. Checklists

a. Favro

Add checklists to cards to remind assignees of crucial steps. You can mention specific members in checklist items to indicate responsibilities.

Additionally, if a checklist grows too long, you can convert the checklist or any individual list items into cards.

b. Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects doesn’t offer native checklist features.

6. Task Templates

a. Favro

Recreate your best processes by templatizing your existing cards, boards, lists, or collections. 

Templatized cards can retain detail fields like time estimates, assignees, dates, checklists, etc. You can set a card template as the default for any new cards created in a certain board or list.

Favro_Task_Templates

b. Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects offers ready-made task templates. Even better, you can make your own custom template to perfectly suit your project.  

Each template can retain information, such as:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Checklists
  • Tags
  • Assignees
  • Priority
  • Attachments
  • And more

Zoho_Projects_Task_Templates

7. Assignees

a. Favro

Assign cards to members individually or create member Groups and assign cards to a whole team at once.

b. Zoho Projects

Assign projects, milestones, tasks, and issues to individuals and teams in Zoho Projects.

8. Priorities

a. Favro

Favro doesn’t have any default priority levels. However, you can easily create them using Custom Fields. Doing so will display a new column in a list and a Field on a card with your custom priority markers in color-coded bubbles. You can then sort and filter your boards and lists by card priority.

b. Zoho Projects

With Zoho Projects, you can set tasks to None, Low, Medium, or High Priority levels. Plus, use different colors to represent priority levels.

9. Automations

a. Favro

With Favro, you can create automation rules consisting of Triggers and one or more Actions. Alternatively, browse a library of pre-made automation templates.

Favro_Automations

b. Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects’ automation features include: 

  • Blueprint: Design workflows and automate routine tasks, like setting task statuses, creating custom task fields, and adding assignees.
  • Workflow rules: Use conditions to auto assign tasks, update fields, send alerts, and add webhooks.
  • Custom functions: Reassign issues, notify stakeholders via SMS, or send client updates automatically through custom rules and conditions. 
  • Webhooks: Automate HTTP push alerts from Zoho Projects to third-party applications.
  • Business rules: Use conditions to automate issue management processes, like assigning issues to a user and changing issue severity.

Zoho_Projects_Automations

B. Time Management

Time is money for a reason. 

The right software can be the difference between pinching pennies and raking in the big bucks.

Effective project management software offers effortless time management features to help you befriend the clock. 

With the right one, expect to keep all your tasks running as scheduled and meet your deadlines with ease. 

Features to look out for include:

  • Due dates: Communicate expected delivery dates.  
  • Time estimates: Make capacity decisions based on how much time each task or project is expected to take. 
  • Time tracking: Measure productivity with accurate time consumption data for each team member. 

1. Due Dates

a. Favro

Use the Timeline field on cards to set start and due dates for tasks. These will link to the Timeline View.

b. Zoho Projects

Add due dates to milestones, tasks, and subtasks. The tool also lets you set due dates directly from the list views and dashboards.

2. Time Estimates

a. Favro

When you create a card, you can set a time estimate as a guideline for members. Additionally, set a billable rate to include a budget for tasks.

b. Zoho Projects

Time estimates are called Work Hours or Planned Hours in Zoho Projects.

Add Work Hours to indicate how long a task should ideally take. You can use the Planned vs Actual charts to assess the actual time taken, helping you measure and improve productivity.

3. Time Tracking

a. Favro

Favro doesn’t have a native time-tracking feature. However, it does offer task timesheets, on which members can manually fill in the time they spent working on the task.

b. Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects offers time-tracking features for users to record time spent on different tasks, generate invoices, and bill clients. 

You can either log in time manually using timesheets or start task timers to record hours automatically.

C. Reporting

What you can’t measure, you can’t improve. 

Reporting and analytics features can help you track real-time progress, monitor key metrics, and sniff out bottlenecks like a detective.  

Armed with these insights, your team can stay ahead of the curve no matter the situation. 

Expect better resource management, superior deadline compliance, and a more focused and decisive team.

Features to look out for include:

  • Goals and milestones: Record targets for the whole team to see and work towards.
  • Dashboards: Visualize data from all corners of the team into a user-friendly, interactive interface.
  • Gantt charts: Keep your plans flexible with Gantt charts that allow you to adjust timelines based on changing resource availability and task completion ratio. 

1. Goals & Milestones

a. Favro

Setting up goals in Favro is all about your backlog (lists). Here, you’ll create parent and child tasks, breaking work down into bite-sized chunks to help you progress toward your goals.

You can track goal progress with the Advanced Progress Management feature, which displays completion percentage bars on your lists. You can choose to measure completion by task status or card checklist completion.

b. Zoho Projects

Milestones in Zoho Projects are goal-based targets consisting of task lists and tasks. Completing these should take you closer to the project objective and help assess the overall project progress.

Additionally, you can duplicate milestones from one project to another and automate them through blueprints.

2. Dashboards

a. Favro

In Favro, you can set up custom dashboards to gather data from multiple boards and collections and see visual representations using widgets.

The widgets include:

  • Pie charts
  • Bar charts
  • Tables
  • Sheets
  • Burndowns

You can choose the specific fields from the sources you’d like displayed (E.g., create a pie chart of cards by task status) — and add filters (E.g., filter the pie chart for a particular member).

Favro also allows you to duplicate, export, and share dashboards.

Favro_Dashboards

b. Zoho Projects

The Zoho Projects dashboard is composed of different widgets, such as Task Progress Chart, Timesheet Summary, Team Status, and more. It lets you view:

  • Progress of work items
  • Performance indicators
  • Reports and summary charts
  • Pipeline work item indicators

Zoho_Projects_Dashboards

3. Gantt Charts

a. Favro

Favro’s Timeline View functions as a Gantt chart feature, allowing you to:

  • Create cards on the timeline
  • Add members to cards
  • Customize card fields
  • Manage card attachments

b. Zoho Projects

Along with a Global Project Timeline Gantt, Zoho Projects provides two Gantt chart types: 

  • Chronological Gantt: View tasks by order of occurrence
  • Milestone Gantt: View tasks by order of Milestones

With Zoho Projects Gantt charts, you can:

  • Create Gantt charts that support four types of task dependencies Finish to Start, Start to Start, Start to Finish, and Finish to Finish.
  • Add new tasks and details like task description, owner, and due dates.
  • View and edit important task information, such as the owner, progress percentage, start and end dates, and a list of all predecessors and successors.
  • Share Gantt charts via email or export them in PDF files.

D. User Management

Software, features, and other tech things aside, the real heroes of any project are your team members. So make sure to pick the kind of project management software that puts them front and center!

How do you do this?

Look for software that knows what different team members need and helps you deliver the right experience. 

Features to look out for include:

  • User groups: Create internal teams representing various departments, functions, or projects. 
  • Permission levels: Grant different access levels depending on the users’ information requirements and the company’s security concerns. 
  • Guest users: Invite team members from other companies/teams to collaborate with your team without compromising on confidential data. 

1. User Groups

a. Favro

Depending on your permission settings, administrators or members can create groups of people representing different teams, departments, skills, etc.

Group owners and admins can assign roles to group members. You can assign a group a card, board, list, or collections in one click as if it were an individual member.

b. Zoho Projects

User groups in Zoho Projects allow you to group portal users into different teams for better project resource management. 

Create a user group under a team and add them as followers to tasks or issues. You can assign a team lead, associate teams to projects, and @mention them in comments. 

Plus, manage team communications through a single email alias to notify multiple team members together about project updates.

2. Permission Levels

a. Favro

Favro’s permission settings allow you to:

  • Set collection visibility to Private (invite only), Organization (visible to all in the organization), or Public (visible to anyone with a link).
  • Select collection owners who can manage members, tasks, and settings.
  • Choose whether members can configure, rename, archive, or delete boards and lists.
  • Decide whether members or guests can add or edit cards.
  • Choose what types of visibility members can set on collections.

b. Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects offers three levels of profile permissions: 

  • Portal Level: Applies only to project users. You can’t assign portal-level permissions to client profile users.
  • Project Level:  Applies to user profile and client profile users. Client profile users can access just forums, pages, and events.
  • Module Level: Applies to both user and client profiles. It offers various permission categories:
    • View
    • Add 
    • Edit
    • Delete
    • Reorder

The module level permission categories can change depending on milestones, task lists, tasks, issues, and timesheets. For example, a task list has a reorder permission category, while a milestone doesn’t.

3. Guest Users

a. Favro

When you set boards or collections to Public and share links with external parties, they can visit as guests. Additionally, when you share boards, you can specify a view (E.g., timeline or sheet) that you would like guests to see when they follow the link.

Guest users won’t be able to see or access any other view, board, or collection in the workspace if they don’t have a link. You can choose whether guests can open cards and leave comments.

If you want to manage guests as if they were full members, you can convert guests to External Members.

b. Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects offers just read-only access to guest users. 

Read-only access users cannot add, edit, or delete any entities in Zoho Projects. You can assign them to tasks, issues, and milestones with view permissions.

E. Collaboration

In project management, collaboration and communication are like a ballroom dance — if everyone isn’t in sync, you’re just stepping on each other’s toes!

A project manager should encourage their team to be on the same page regarding everything happening on the project. This could involve regular meetings, periodic status updates, shared checklists, etc. 

But things can get tricky when you add different team structures (remote, hybrid, distributed, etc.). 

The trick is to balance ‘informing everyone’ with ‘over-communicating.’ 

The solution is to forge a shared space where the whole team can contribute without hampering individual productivity. Picking a suitable project management software is the first step toward achieving this goal. 

Features to look for include: 

  • Comments: Simple ways to send feedback or discuss a task or project. 
  • Threads: Keep all relevant comments in a single thread. 
  • Tagging/@mention: Mention a team member on a task, in comments, or in any shared space to notify them. 
  • Sharing tasks: Share tasks with relevant team members for efficient collaboration.
  • File management: Attach and store files, create and annotate documents, etc., for ready access to project documentation. 
  • Notifications: Customize how team members receive notifications.

1. Comments, Threads, & Tagging

a. Favro

Each Favro card has an activity feed showing actions taken and conversation threads. Here, you can leave comments, reply, mention others, and assign tasks.

Favro_Comments_Threads_Tagging

b. Zoho Projects

In Zoho Projects, users with comment access can add comments and @mention to tag members in project documents and tasks.

Additionally, you can hide comments from clients by marking them as internal comments.

2. File Management

a. Favro

To any card, you can attach images, files, and other cards or boards so assignees have all the resources they need to work productively.

b. Zoho Projects

Attach documents and images to projects, tasks, and comments for real-time collaboration and task management in Zoho Projects. 

To start discussions on the attached documents, just click the ‘Add Comments’ field on the right side of the file name.

3. Notifications

a. Favro

Each Favro card has its own activity feed. Mentioning or assigning others will send them a notification in the feed accessed on the app’s top bar.

If you’d like to receive notifications for all card activity, you can “follow” the card.

card activity will also display on the backlog with badges indicating mentions, edits, moved cards, and collection changes.

Favro_Notifications

b. Zoho Projects

View all Zoho Projects notifications on a single page. You can also select the projects for which you want to get notifications. 

Plus, set up email alerts to automatically notify users about certain actions, like changing a task’s status.

Zoho_Projects_Notifications

F. Customer Support

Individual users in smaller teams often face a steep learning curve with most project management software. 

In their case, having access to responsive support executives and a wealth of helpful resources can make a significant difference, turning a frustrating experience into a positive one.

However, customer support is just as crucial for larger teams. 

Even if these teams initially received thorough onboarding and training, their needs and use cases tend to evolve over time. Continuous and adaptable customer support becomes essential to address these changing needs effectively.

With adequate customer support, you can:

  • Derive maximum value from the app with the help of professional guidance whenever required
  • Ensure your team is making full use of all the features you’re paying for
  • Learn from case studies of other teams using the same software
  • Expand your use cases with time
  • Learn about the features your team uses the most and avoid spending on those you don’t need
  • Solve minor issues on your end by going through help resources
  • Get hands-on support when you get stuck
  • Keep a record of all your complaints and feedback for the platform to aid future buying decisions
  • Send feedback to the app’s developers so they can design the features you most desire

Features to look for include: 

  • Detailed knowledge bases and documentation to aid DIY solutions to common issues
  • Case studies, templates, guides, and other resources
  • Easy access to resources for all types of users — free or paid
  • Async support executives to cover for the time difference
  • Live agents who can respond via chat or phone 
  • Screenshots and recordings to display how the tool works
  • Translations to resources in other languages, if needed

Favro

  • Support Articles: Pages providing written guidance and information on Favro’s features.
  • Favro Fanatics: A Facebook page for community engagement and support.
  • Video Tutorials: Short how-to videos explaining features and answering FAQs.
  • How-To Videos: Longer, more detailed videos explaining specific advanced features and processes.
  • Courses: Agility certifications users can attain through self-study or live training courses.
  • Quickstarts: Paid onboarding sessions to quickstart enterprises, game studios, and SaaS companies on Favro.
  • “Learn From Leaders” Podcast: Conversations with SaaS and Game industry leaders
  • Contact Support: You can do this via the chatbot, email, or booking a meeting through Calendly.

Zoho Projects

  • Knowledge Base: Information about features and its usage
  • FAQs: Answers to questions about the tool
  • Projects Community: A community of Zoho Projects users
  • Video resources: Interactive Zoho Projects tutorials
  • Customer support: Email, live chats, and phone

G. Platforms Supported

Distributed and field teams might not always be armed with laptops or computers. 

But that doesn’t mean productivity has to stop.

With a mobile-friendly project management tool, the workflow keeps humming along, turning those smartphones into mighty workflow tools.

More reason to look into this?

If your company follows a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach, your team members need the freedom to switch between various devices. 

With support for all types of apps, you can:

  • Ensure uniform access irrespective of device type
  • Save on the cost of buying the same types of devices for the whole team
  • Give all team members a chance to log work from anywhere, anytime

Features to look for include: 

  • App support for the latest Mac, Windows, iOS, and Android versions.
  • Maximum coverage for all key features across devices

Favro

  • Browser: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Safari
  • Desktop: Mac, Windows, Linux
  • Mobile: iOS, Android

Zoho Projects

  • Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge
  • Desktop: None
  • Mobile: iOS, Android

H. Pricing

Whether you have deep pockets or shoestring budgets, there’s project management software out there for every kind of organization. 

But the confusing combination of features and numbers on pricing pages can make it difficult to choose. 

Here are some easy tips for starters.

If you plan on buying the software subscription for just yourself or a small team that’s not likely to grow rapidly anytime soon — stick to the free plan as long as possible. Or pick the cheapest monthly subscription possible. These should cover most of your feature requirements comfortably in most cases. 

However, if you expect to hire rapidly and grow to a sizable number, go for a plan that grows with you — ideally with a per-user rate that doesn’t add up exponentially. 

Finally, most software offers flexible enterprise plans that let you cherry-pick your favorite features into a custom package. If you’re part of such a team, it’s best to contact the sales team and get the best deal possible. 

Favro Pricing

Favro’s pricing plans are structured as follows:

  • Free trial: A 14-day free trial of the Lite or Standard plan
  • Lite ($6/user/month): Five collections, unlimited boards, limited storage, 25 automation actions.
  • Standard ($8/user/month): Everything in Lite plus unlimited collections and storage and up to 5,000 automations.
  • Enterprise (Contact sales for pricing): Everything in Standard plus timesheets, 24-hour support (weekdays), and SAML SSO.

Zoho Projects Pricing

Zoho Projects offers the following pricing plans:

  • Free: Upto 3 members, 2 projects, 5GB storage 
  • Premium ($5/user/month): Unlimited projects, 20 project templates, 100GB of storage space
  • Enterprise ($10/user/month): Unlimited projects, 30 project templates, 10 read-only users, 120GB of storage space

I. Best Suited To

Picking the right project management tool is like finding the perfect pair of shoes. They must be a snug fit but also leave you some wiggle room to get comfortable! 

In other words, the tool you pick must fit all your current needs and grow alongside your future requirements, too. 

So make sure you’ve covered all bases in your research when picking project management software for your team. 

One way to do this is to check what types of teams your choice serves best. 

For instance, what works for a small software development team might not suit a large marketing agency. 

When hunting for a PM solution, it’s vital to match the tool’s features and use cases with your team’s workflow. Tailor your search to find a tool with all the necessary features to manage your tasks and boost productivity.

Favro Verdict

Favro is a versatile project management platform for agile teams, game development, software and SaaS projects, and enterprises.

Compared to other development-focused PM tools, Favro is fairly user-friendly, with intuitive navigation and features. However, the relative simplicity may limit companies with complex processes.

On one hand, this tool offers commendable controls for overseeing large teams — facilitating collaborative work-sharing, monitoring project progress, and safeguarding confidential information.

On the other hand, some of its features seem underdeveloped compared to more established PM platforms. For example, it has only a handful of views, limited dashboard widgets, no native time tracking, and sparse options for assigning comments or checklist items as actionable tasks.

So, it’s missing some advanced features you might need for a large-scale operation and also doesn’t offer a free plan like you would expect to see for tools targeted to SMEs.

Nonetheless, this tool serves as a reliable organizational hub for small or large companies. While it’s not as feature-rich as some of its counterparts in the software world, Favro is flexible and easy to learn, making it a worthy contender. 

The Favro team does take feature requests and is constantly updating and adding features, so we think it’s one to watch.

Zoho Projects Verdict

Zoho Projects is a no-brainer for teams that want a feature-rich project management solution at an affordable price.

Here’s what makes Zoho Projects shine:

  • Comprehensive project management tools with impressive automation capabilities that cover everything you need, from task management and time tracking to reporting.
  • An intuitive interface with user-friendly features like drag-and-drop actions and dashboard customization. 
  • Robust collaboration and communication tools, like feed and chatrooms, that facilitate smooth teamwork.

However, Zoho Projects’ reporting features might not be extensive for larger teams and bigger projects. For example, it has a limited dashboard functionality, making it difficult to add client information or arrange tasks and projects. 

Additionally, only Enterprise users have full access to reports like Gantt charts and resource utilization charts.