BitBucket provides users with a free code hosting website for the Mercurial distributed version control system, or DVCS. Users can access unlimited disc space, maintain project wikis and utilize API support. BitBucket also provides issue tracking tools, flexible permission settings, custom domain names and downloads and RSS change history. BitBucket currently boasts a number of well-known clients, including Opera Software, Adium, Linden Lab, Best Buy, CodeIgniter and TortoiseHg. BitBucket allows users to collaborate seamlessly and monitor progress and activity.
BitBucket was founded in February of 2008 by Jesper Noehr. The company owns a main office in Kobenhavn, Denmark and a satellite office in Preveza, Greece. On September 29th, 2010, BitBucket was acquired by Atlassian. There was hope that the acquisition would improve infrastructure and support offered by BitBucket to current and future users.
BitBucket offers users a number of helpful services at a great price. Users can host code and collaborate easily through BitBucket’s web based system. The site provides additional features such as issue tracking and helpful wikis that the user can maintain for their individual project. Permission controls give the user the ability to manage their project closely and RSS feed change histories enable users to monitor progress.
The BitBucket website has a very low key appearance. The professional design features a white background and wide dark blue border. The unique BitBucket logo features a matching blue bucket and black lettering. The site is completely clean and free of clutter or flashy advertisements so users can find the tools they need right away. A handful of small links in the upper, right hand corner of the page help users find support, forums, the site’s blog and documentation. The forum is relatively simple to navigate, giving users a list of recent discussions and a few links to navigate to pages and files.
BitBucket offers a simple, though entertaining service that really doesn’t require an account. Users can start drawing right away and submit their work without signing up. There are no registration forms and the user is not asked to provide any personal information to use BitBucket. Users can write words on their sketch, but it must contain a drawing as well. BitBucket also provides a button that can be added to the user’s website.
BitBucket provides user with five membership options to choose from. The first is a free account which allows up to five users. A user is described as an individual who has access to read or write to a private repository. The first paid membership costs around $10 per month and upgrades to include up to 10 users. The net is a 25 user account that costs around $20 per month. The 50 user account costs around $40 per month. The most expensive membership option is the Unlimited User account which costs around $80 per month.
BitBucket is a functional, affordable option for users who need code hosting services. The application includes a number of helpful features, such as issue tracking and project history feeds. The five membership options provide affordable choices that are ideal for small businesses and start ups.