TaskFreak is a collaborative task manager/todo that can be a standalone tool or a WordPress plugin.

I am not sure how well the standalone tool is being supported because when I clicked to see the forum for it, it says ‘Expected back online by end of September 2014’

And the ‘latest news’ dates from October 2013 where it says ‘Version 1.0 of the TaskFreak! free plugin for WordPress has been released. Download it and start managing your project directly on you WordPress powered website.’

On the other hand, the WordPress plugin is in the WordPress repository and it was last updated nine months ago.So there is life in the plugin if not on the main site.

Looking at the Support page for the plugin I can see a question posted a month ago where someone wanted to run the plugin on WP4.4 and it wouldn’t run. The plugin author replied that ‘Sorry about that. This plugin does not support WP 4.3+ yet.

Well something has changed because this site is running WordPress 4.4.2, so the plugin authors are keeping it updated.

So with that introduction – what does TaskFreak do?

The easiest way to find out is to upload the plugin and look at the back end. Once the plugin is activated there is a new TaskFreak! item in the sidebar, with sections for dashboard, Projects, and Settings.

The dashboard sets defaults for who can access various levels of the app.

Who can access this project – Subscriber
Who can comment on tasks – Contributor
Who can create tasks – Author
Who can moderate the project – Editor

Taking a step back and looking at the capabilities assigned to roles in WordPress, we have:

Super Admin – somebody with access to the site network administration features and all other features. See the Create a Network article.
Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features within a single site.
Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
Contributor – somebody who can write and manage their own posts but cannot publish them.
Subscriber – somebody who can only manage their profile.

For the moment I have changed the access roles for TaskFreak so that unless someone is logged in, they only see a page (click ‘Tasks’ in the navigation menu) but no details.

I will change that back to a more public viewing shortly.

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