Assembla.com is an online software development version control and management tool. The site includes an SVN repository, a Git Repository, a complete ticketing system, a collaboration tool and a management tool. Certain features of the site can be used for free, but to use the entire suite of tools requires a paid subscription to the site. The site uses 128-bit encryption for free and paid users, and all data is stored on secure Amazon servers.
The ticketing system incorporates task tracking, issue tracking and bug tracking. The collaboration tool includes a wiki, a message board and shared files. The software repositories offered by the site require no setup and offer seamless integration with the ticketing, collaboration and management tools. Assembla.com can be used for all phases of a software project, and is being used by many software development firms. User control is simplified, so it is easy to give or revoke access to contractors when outsourcing is being used.
Needham, MA-based Assembla.com was founded in 2005 by Andy Singleton, who is currently president of the site.
Competition to Assembla.com comes from sites such a Versionone.com and Rallydev.com. Both of these sites offer the Agile project development tool, as opposed to the SVN and Git tools offered by Assembla.com. All three site perform a similar service, however Assembla.com has the most users.
The Assembla.com site has a very clean and uncluttered look and feel. The site is quite responsive and page loads happen quickly. The software repositories offered by the site are quite responsive as well, despite the fact that 128-bit encryption is being used. Navigation of the site is intuitive, and the development tools integrate seamlessly with one another.
Registration to the Assembla.com site is free and is required to use the site. The registration process asks for login ID, password, email address and time zone. A free account allows users to host an SVN or Git repository. Access to the other features of the site require a paid membership.
Paid membership plans include Single, Group, Professional and Enterprise. The Single plan is for one single project, and allows for 40 users, 1 space and up to 2GB of storage. The Single plan costs $24 per month. The Professional plan is for up to 10 projects and provides for up to 40 users, 10 spaces, up to 5GB of storage and provides access to Pro management tools. The Professional plan costs $49 per month. The Group plan allows for unlimited users, 20 spaces, 20GB of storage and access to Pro tools, and costs $99 per month. The Enterprise plan offers unlimited users, 200 spaces, 50GB of storage and access to Pro tools, and cost $249 per month.
The Assembla.com site is recommended to anyone who needs the tools required to manage a software project from start to finish. The site provides all the tools necessary to carry a project from initial development through to completion. For those users who just need a software repository, the service is free. For those who need a complete project management solution, the cost is very reasonable.