For a new startup company, choosing the right collaboration platform where your team can work and communicate together is very important. A good collaboration platform will greatly enhance your team’s productivity and efficiency. In this article, we will take a look at the comparisons between Ryver vs Slack. We will compare them based on several aspects such as interface, communication, features, integrations, and pricing to help you choose the best collaboration platform for your team.
Ryver is relatively newer compared to Slack. In order to compete against the popular service, Ryver has taken quite a bold approach. The official website straightforwardly claims that Ryver is better than Slack on a number of aspects, such as task management, storage, and pricing. However, Ryver does not claim to have a better interface than Slack – which is a good thing, considering that its interface is not very good.
The first impression on Ryver’s interface is that it looks old. You can see some similarities with Slack’s interface, as it also features a navigation bar on the left side, a main panel on the center, and an additional context bar on the right side.
However, the design is rather heavy. There are too many things that are displayed at once. As the effect, Ryver does not feel intuitive to use. And there is an excessive use of all caps; the main buttons such as “notifications”, “personal tasks”, and “favorites” are all written in all caps. It does not look nice.
On the other hand, Slack definitely looks more elegant and professional. The interface is cleaner, more organized, and more intuitive. The various features that you don’t need all the time are hidden behind neat buttons instead of being written in all caps. Slack uses capital letters more reasonably, and you can also customize the color scheme to suit your personal preference. See why Slack is better than email in Slack vs Email.
Now, let’s see the communications features of Ryver vs Slack. In Ryver, conversations are organized into open forums, private teams, and direct messages. You can also start a topic, which is the equivalent of a ‘thread’ in Slack, set a reminder, add a reaction, edit, delete, and reply. There is a cool thing about Ryver: you can create a task directly out of a message. However, Ryver seems to be missing the ability to pin important messages.
Ryver allows voice and video calls by using the FreeConference integration. The impressive thing is that it allows you to connect with up to 400 people in a single video call simultaneously. However, quality may become an issue when connecting with such number of people, and there is no easy way to sync your text and video communication.
On the other hand, Slack has public channels, private channels, and direct messages. You can create threads for specific topics. You can share messages, pin messages, add comments and reactions, edit, delete, follow a particular message, and send a reminder.
Initially, Slack used the Google Hangouts integration for voice and video calls, but now it has its own built-in features for voice and video calls. The quality is good, and there is just a minor bug that may occur when turning on/off the camera. However, Slack is unable to hold an ultra-big conference like Ryver. You may need to use an integration to a different app for that.
Search Function and Notifications
When choosing between Ryver vs Slack, you may need to note that Slack has a more advanced search function. Slack also has more advanced notifications and a higher upload limit. Still, Ryver comes with distinctive benefits, such as the built-in task management and unlimited storage.
Ryver has two different search fields for searching in a conversation and across all your conversations. The two search fields may be a little confusing at first. However, the search function is limited. You just type the words, and Ryver will show the results.
Ryver allows you to control email notifications, enable “do not disturb” mode, and change the audio alert. All the notifications are placed in a single place so that you can easily see all missed messages there. Unfortunately, Ryver does not allow you to customize notifications or set up triggers for specific mentions.
On the other hand, Slack has additional search filters for time, channels, members, and even properties (i.e. to show messages with stars or links), so you can get more specific results. Slack is also able to search within files, which means that you can easily search for documents and attachments that ever get uploaded into your workspace.
Slack’s notifications are highly customizable. In addition to the usual settings, you can also set the notifications to trigger only on specific keywords or mentions. You can also specify the time range when you can get notified. However, Slack does not have Ryver’s notification center where you can read all missed messages in a single place.
File Upload and Storage
One cool thing about Ryver is that it provides unlimited file storage. However, the maximum upload limit is only 300 MB. Ryver is great if you need to upload a large number of small files. However, it may not be suitable if you often need to upload particularly large files.
Slack’s storage limit depends on your subscription plan. It is 5 GB for the entire team in the Free plan, 10 GB per member in the Standard plan, and 20 GB per member in the Plus plan. The maximum upload limit is 1 GB. But uploading multiple files in Slack may become very tedious because you need to confirm every time you start uploading a file.
Task Management and Integrations
One point that is often brought up when comparing Ryver vs Slack is the task management capabilities. It is true that Ryver has built-in task management features. This is great if you need a collaboration platform that also acts as a task management platform. In Ryver, you can turn any message into assignable and trackable tasks.
However, Ryver has very limited integrations. Ryver claims to have more than 500 integrations which you can connect to your platform via Zapier. However, Zapier is an automation tool, and setting it up can be a little tricky. Zapier only allows 5 app automations and 100 tasks per month in the free plan. In other words, you can only use 5 integrations for up to 100 times in a month, unless you don’t mind spending more money for a Zapier subscription to increase the limits.
Fortunately, Ryver does have built-in integrations for Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox. You can use these integrations without having to use Zapier.
Slack does not have built-in task management, but you can integrate it to a dedicated task management tool such as Trello. Slack has more than 800 integrations available and ready for use. Setting the integrations is much easier and quicker. The only downside is that there is a limit on the number of integrations that you can use in the free version.
Ryver positions itself as a ‘free’ Slack alternative. The team communication and personal task management are available in the free version. If you need the ability to assign tasks to your team members, you need to choose a paid plan.
Ryver may be very attractive because of the flat-rate pricing. The Startup plan allows up to 5 task users and costs $19 per month. The Small Business plan allows up to 15 task users and costs $49 per month. Finally, the Unlimited plan allows an unlimited number of task users and costs $99 per month.
On the other hand, Slack has a freemium pricing model. The free version is available without any time limit. However, it only allows 10 integrations and 5 GB storage for the whole team. It can only archive 10k searchable messages. This free version is pretty good for a small team.
Slack’s Standard plan costs $6.67 per user per month ($8 if billed monthly) to add screen sharing, guest access, and up to 15 people voice/video calls. This is generally suitable for larger teams and businesses. The Plus plan costs $12.50 per user per month($15 if billed monthly) to give guaranteed uptime, SSO, and compliance exports.
|- Heavy and unintuitive interface||- Neat and clean interface|
|- Basic search and notification control, has a notification center||- Advanced search and notifications, but no notification center|
|- Unlimited storage, 300 MB upload limit||- Up to 20 GB storage, 1 GB upload limit|
|- Built-in task management, integrations via Zapier||- Lots of integrations that are easy to use|
|- Has a free version and a flat-rate pricing with three plans||- Has a free version, pricing based on the number of users|
In general, Slack is still more recommended because it has a better interface and more advanced search and notifications. The integrations are also better and easier to use. This is a very powerful communication platform. If you need task management, you can integrate Slack with a dedicated tool. However, if you want to save some money, Ryver may prove to be a more efficient solution due to the built-in task management and flat-rate pricing.