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How to create a new project in the self-hosted version of Orangescrum

Learn how to create your first project in Orangescrum so you can easily start managing the PM tool.

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Now that you’ve deployed a self-hosted instance of the Orangescrum project management platform, the first thing you’ll want to do is create a project. After all, what is a project management tool without projects?

The first steps you take when integrating new users in Orangescrum are:

  1. Create a project.
  2. Invite users to your new project.
  3. Create a job.

We’re going to go through these steps so you can focus on managing these projects so they can be completed in a timely and efficient manner.

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What you need to create a project in Orangescrum

You must have a self-hosted instance of Orangescrum running on your data center, standalone server, or remote cloud host – wherever it runs, the process is the same.

How to create your first project in Orangescrum

Once the Orangescrum self-hosted instance is ready, open a web browser and point it where SERVER is the IP address or domain name of the hosting server and PORT is the port you assigned in the Docker deployment command.

In my case I used port 8000 and it runs on a server on IP address 192.168.1.60 so the address would be

When you reach that page, click Create Project (Image A).

Image A

Creating your first project in Orangescrum is easy.
Creating your first project in Orangescrum is easy.

In the resulting popup (Figure B), give the project a name and short name, and click Create.

Figure B

Naming the new Orangescrum project.
Naming the new Orangescrum project.

You will be taken back to the onboarding page where you can invite users.

How to invite users to your project in Orangescrum

Click Invite User. In the resulting popup (Figure C), type the new user’s email address, select the new project you just created in Project To Be Assigned and click Add.

Figure C

Invite a user to the new project.
Invite a user to the new project.

The user receives an email invitation with a clickable link that completes the process.

Create and assign a task in Orangescrum

Again, you’ll be taken back to the onboarding window where you’ll need to click Create Job (Figure D).

Figure D

You can now create and assign your first task.
You can now create and assign your first task.

In the next popup (Figure E), name the task, assign it to a user, select a due date, configure the priority, and select who should be notified.

Figure E

Create your first Orangescrum task.
Create your first Orangescrum task.

If you click More options, you can select a task type, milestone, description, estimated hours, spent hours, and attachments (Figure F).

Figure F

More options are expanded in the Orangescrum job creation window.
More options are expanded in the Orangescrum job creation window.

Click Post and your job is saved. You’ll be taken back to the onboarding window, which will automatically refresh and take you to the new task you created in your new project (Figure G).

Figure G

Our new project and task are created and ready to go.
Our new project and task are created and ready to go.

Start managing your project in Orangescrum

Now that you’ve created your first project in Orangescrum, invited users and added a task, it’s time to start managing that project. You can take advantage of all the features in Orangescrum’s self-hosted instance, which should be enough.

Be sure to read my additional TechRepublic tutorials on Orangescrum: How to Create an Orangescrum Project Plan, How to Create an Orangescrum Task Group, How to Create an Orangescrum Role Group for Detailed Access to Project Management Tools, and How to Use the Orangescrum Bug Tracking Feature .

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