The Tools We Use at Work

As a Drupal-based web development agency and a remote team, we can not work without online tools. We found it is impossible to use only one tool to serve all purposes. So, We need to integrate several tools into our workflow. Each tool has its own purpose. The below are the online tools we are using:


Slack is one of the most popular team collaboration tools for tech companies in the world. It is a tool designed for work. We used to use WeChat for internal communication. But you can not sync the contents between desktop and mobile. It becomes an obstacle for our workflow.


We started to use Trello since starting this company. It is a tool we can not live without. We use it as our company intranet. We put all the documentation and information on Trello. We also track the progress of our projects on Trello board.


We use GitLab for technical issue tracking and version control. We used to try if we can use Trello for issue taking. Unfortunately, Trello can only do lightweight issue tracking. When it comes to complex projects, we need something more developer-oriented. We also host GitLab on our own server.


The two biggest drawbacks of using WeChat for the online meeting are: 1. When someone calls your phone, it will interrupt the meeting. 2. You can not share the screen or use an online whiteboard. With Zoom, it makes our meeting more productive.


We still use WeChat as an external communication tool with most of our clients in China. In China, most people use WeChat. WeChat is flexible and fast. It is impossible for us to ignore this powerful and the most popular mobile app in China.