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When you think of WordPress plugins, you likely think of tools for building, managing, and presenting your website.


That’s not an inaccurate assumption because that is the focus of most web developers.

Still, there are WordPress plugins that offer other functionalities, some even being a bit on the strange side.

Some web developers see the WordPress dashboard as a potential work area for many tasks, and project management is one of these.


5 WordPress project management plugins

Here are 5 plugins designed to allow you to track and manage projects from within your WordPress dashboard.

1. Projectopia WP Project Management (formerly CQPIM)

projectopedia (CQPIM)

Projectopia WP Project Management (formerly CQPIM) is a premium plugin that you can only find on CodeCanyon.

This WordPress project management plugin is quite scalable, and it will work quite well for a newly launched freelancer, as well as for large enterprises.


Some of its features include:

  • Support tickets;
  • Timelines and milestones;
  • Alerts;
  • Client dashboard allowing the addition of their team members;
  • Quotes and estimates;
  • Tasks;
  • Project management templates;
  • Workflow control;
  • Control panel.

2. Kanban Boards for WordPress

kanban wordpress project management plugin

The Kanban WordPress project management plugin is helpful for people who are managing projects without a lot of formal training or experience.

The simple but elegant card-based interface is intuitive for most people and reduces a lot of learning curve.

Here are some of its features:

  • Supports multiple WordPress websites;
  • It’s optimized for mobile devices;
  • Has multi-language support;
  • Includes task assignment and allows you to organize tasks according to each project;
  • Has forms integration.

The features listed above are part of the standard plugin.

There are also a series of premium options that are part of the paid product, including notifications and the ability to add attachments.

3. SP Project & Document Manager

Smarty Pants wordpress project management plugin

Next on this list of WordPress project management plugins is SP Project & Document Manager.

Smarty Pants has a lot of features available for both clients and administrators.

Administrators can set up a variety of user types including:

  • Users;
  • Partners;
  • Staff;
  • Vendors;
  • Suppliers.

Users are allowed to create and manage projects depending on the user restrictions that you have chosen for them.

Pages can be created where clients can add or modify projects. They can upload files, delete files, rename files, and so on.

4. WP Project Manager

WP Poject Manager plugin

If you’ve got multiple development projects going on, the WP Project Manager plugin allows you to manage them from within WordPress.

Here are some of the main features that are available for the free version of this WordPress project management plugin:

  • Easily check project status and milestones;
  • Create project archives;
  • User account control for in-house staff and others;
  • Project file view;
  • Add projects within the WordPress dashboard;
  • Team collaboration;
  • Project calendar function.

5. WordPress Project Management by UpStream

WordPress Project Management by UpStream

The last, but not least on this list is WordPress Project Management by UpStream.

You can use this plugin to manage any projects right from your within your WordPress website.

Clients can track their project from a front-end view.

There are many great features included in this plugin, such as:

  • Bug tracking;
  • Discussions;
  • File and document uploads;
  • Project milestones and related tasks;
  • Client user profiles;
  • Roles for users and managers;
  • Customizable interfaces;
  • Progress tracking.

Developers like this WordPress project management plugin in particular because it’s developer friendly.

Final thoughts

There are a lot of benefits to embedding your project management functions into your WordPress Dashboard, and these tools allow you to do just that!

Many of them will provide everything you need for free, but if you want more, there are certainly plenty of premium features as well.

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