What Is Focalboard?

Focalboard is a self-hosted, open source, multilingual project management solution that competes with Trello, Notion, and Asana. It aids in the definition, organization, tracking, and management of work across individuals and teams. Personal desktop, which is a stand-alone single-user Mac, Windows, or Linux desktop programfor your to-dos and personal projects, and professional desktop, which is a multi-user Mac, Windows, or Linux desktop app for your to-dos and personal projects. The other is mattermost boards, which is a self-hosted or cloud-based planning and collaboration platform for your team. Focalboard can also be used as a stand-alone personal server for testing and development.

It assists your software development team in staying on track to accomplish tasks, meet milestones, and meet objectives. With this open source alternative to apps like OpenProject, Redmine you can plan every project and hit every deadline. It was created by a group of dedicated developers at AssistNix Your team can even collaborate on shared project boards with Focalboard Personal Server.

Focalboard Demo

What We Serve?

1. Application Consultation For Focalboard Open Source Software.

We offer a full consultancy service for open source products like Focalboard at AssistNix. We mix cutting-edge technologies with the best industry practices as a leading firm to help our clients achieve their business goals in a timely and effective manner. Professionals in Focalboard consulting services make up our team, and they give superior consultation services.

2. Focalboard On Premises Installation And Configuration.

At AssistNix we also provide Focalboard installation and configuration on-site. We'll start with the most basic server configuration.Our team of highly competent and experienced experts will install it quickly so you can start using it right away and expand your business effectively. You can rely on our experts to install the software for you without any issues.

3. Issues Fixes On Self Hosted Servers

If the server isn't running properly, everything goes down, so proper configuration of all components is vital if you want to achieve high speed and uptime. As a consequence, if you have an issue, we will take care of it. We also give services for resolving any issues you may have with self-hosted servers at AssistNix, so you won't have any issues.

4. FocalBoard Application SaaS Hosting

At AssistNix, we provide above and beyond standard Focalboard Application Hosting Services, such as 24/7 monitoring, ongoing application maintenance, and mission-critical application business continuity services. We support a high level of service delivery in the areas of availability, dependability, security, scalability, and compliance.

5. Focalboard User Guide & Application Use

We also create a user guide at AssistNix to help you get the most out of the Focalboard app. We provide a well-designed, user-friendly guide to help you get the most out of your visit. This tutorial will not only help you learn how to use the program but it will also help you discover a new feature that you haven't used before and solve a specific problem that it may have.

Key Features Of FocalBoard

Focalboard has all the features you need to accelerate your business growth and provide exceptional customer experiences.

List Of Key Features

• Task Automation
• Progress Tracking
• Project Management
• To-do List Manager
• Note-taking
• Real-Time Collaboration
• Kanban Board
• Self-hosted
• Open source software
• Desktop stand-alone apps

Focalboard Installation

On a personal computer, you can install the Focalboard app; macOS: Focalboard is available on the App Store.
Focalboard is available on the Microsoft App Store for Windows.

To install Personal Desktop for Linux, follow these steps:

Download focalboard-linux.tar.gz from GitHub's most recent release. The.tar.gz archive must be unpacked. From the FocalBoard-app folder, open FocalBoard-app. Any sort of software, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Windows, can be installed. If you face any problem while installing the software you can contact our team and they will help you with the whole process. Our team at AssistNix will make sure that you have successfully installed FocalBoard app.

How To Install Focalboard In Nginx / Ubuntu / CentOS

Download FocalBoard

Install NGINX

For Ubuntu:

#sudo apt update 
#sudo apt install nginx 

For CentOS:

#sudo yum update
#sudo yum install nginx

Configure NGINX

Create a new site config:

 #sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-available/focalboard

Copy and paste this configuration:

upstream focalboard {
   server localhost:8000;
   keepalive 32;

server {
   listen 80 default_server;
 location ~ /ws/* 
       proxy_set_header Upgrade $http_upgrade;
       proxy_set_header Connection "upgrade";
       client_max_body_size 50M;
       proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
       proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
       proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
       proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
       proxy_set_header X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN;
       proxy_buffers 256 16k;
       proxy_buffer_size 16k;
       client_body_timeout 60;
       send_timeout 300;
       lingering_timeout 5;
       proxy_connect_timeout 1d;
       proxy_send_timeout 1d;
       proxy_read_timeout 1d;
       proxy_pass http://focalboard;

   location / {
       client_max_body_size 50M;
       proxy_set_header Connection "";
       proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
       proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
       proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
       proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
       proxy_set_header X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN;
       proxy_buffers 256 16k;
       proxy_buffer_size 16k;
       proxy_read_timeout 600s;
       proxy_cache_revalidate on;
       proxy_cache_min_uses 2;
       proxy_cache_use_stale timeout;
       proxy_cache_lock on;
       proxy_http_version 1.1;
       proxy_pass http://focalboard;

If there is a default site, you may need to delete it

# sudo rm /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default

Enable the Focalboard site, test the config, and reload NGINX:

# sudo ln -s /etc/nginx/sites-available/focalboard /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/focalboard
# sudo nginx -t
# sudo /etc/init.d/nginx reload

Set up TLS on NGINX


Install Postgresql (Recommended)

For Ubuntu:

# sudo apt install postgresql postgresql-contrib

For CentOS:

# sudo yum install postgresql

Then run as the postgres user to create a new database:

# sudo --login --user postgres

On the psql prompt, run the following commands (change the user/password to your own values):

# CREATE USER boardsuser WITH PASSWORD 'boardsuser-password';
# \q

Exit the postgres user session:

# exit

Edit the Focalboard config.json:

# nano /opt/focalboard/config.json

Change the dbconfig setting to use the postgres database you created:

"dbtype": "postgres",
"dbconfig": "postgres://boardsuser:boardsuser-pas[email protected]/boards?sslmode=disable&connect_timeout=10",

Change the dbconfig setting to use the MySQL database you created:

When MySQL is being used, using collation is recommended over using charset.

Using a variant of utf8mb4 collation is required. For example, utf8mb4_general_ci is used by default when no collation is specified.

If you're using Focalboard as a Mattermost Plugin prior to version 0.9 with MySQL, please ensure the collations of focalboard tables (tables with the prefix focalboard_) is the same as the collation of mattermost tables.

"dbtype": "mysql",

"dbconfig": "boardsuser:[email protected](",

Configure Focalboard to run as a service

This will keep the server running across reboots. First, create a new service config file:

# sudo nano /lib/systemd/system/focalboard.service

Paste in the following:

Description=Focalboard server







Make systemd reload the new unit, and start it on machine reboot:

# sudo systemctl daemon-reload
# sudo systemctl start focalboard.service
# sudo systemctl enable focalboard.service

Test the server

# curl localhost:8000
# curl localhost

Set up the server

Registering the first user

After installing the server, open a browser to the domain you used (or http://localhost:8000 for local installs). You should be redirected to the login screen. Click the link to register a new user instead, and complete the registration.

The first user registration will always be permitted, but subsequent registrations will require an invite link which includes a code. You can invite additional users by clicking on your username in the top left, then selecting "Invite users".

"Project management can be defined as a way of developing structure in a complex project, where the independent variables of time, cost, resources and human behavior come together." ~ Rory Burke

Step By Step Guide Of How To Use Focalboard By AssistNix

This guide is an overview of the basic features to get you started. Focalboard is an open source project that is being updated continuously.

  1. Adding new Boards

To add new boards you need to click on the +Add Board option then pick a template. Click on 'Property menu' and 'Data created'. And the properties will be added to the card display.

2. Renaming Boards

You can easily rename the boards. Simply click on the board title when you want to edit the name. And then you can rename it.

3. Adding new Views

To add new views click on the dropdown that is next to the view name. Click on 'Add View' and a new view will be added.

4. Dragging cards

If you want to sort the cards you can simply do it by dragging them. Drag the card from one column to another column to arrange the cards.

5. Editing cards

If you want to edit the cards then click on card editor from there you can edit the properties and content of the content such as images. After you are done click on Esc to close the card editor.

6. Table Views

Each column corresponds to a card property. Cells can be edited directly, or you can open the card editor for a row by hovering over the title and clicking "open". Click on headers to sort them, or insert new properties.

7. Card templates

To change or edit card templates open the card editor, select the options menu (at the top right), then select New template from the card. There you can edit the card templates.

8. Board templates

Similarly, the "+ Add board" tab allows you to create board templates. To make a template off of an existing board, follow these steps: Select New template from the board from the options menu by hovering over the board title in the sidebar.

9. Sharing boards

Hover your mouse over the board menu's right-hand side. To share a board, go to the settings menu and select Share board. You can then share the link by copying it.

10. Archives

From the options menu, which contains import archive and export archive, you may export an archive of all your boards. Image and file attachments, such as those included in a card, are not yet included in the archive.

FAQs For Focalboard Application

1. What kind of services does Assistnix provide?

At AssistNix we provide a complete consultation service for open source software like Focalboard and we also provide Focalboard installation and configuration service on-site. We provide services for fixing any issues you have on self-hosted servers, so you won't have any problems. Besides all these services we also provide application hosting services for the FocalBoard app and also create an exceptional user guide for the app. All of these services are extremely professional and guaranteed. And the best thing is that you can enjoy these services at very affordable rates. We make sure to offer affordable rates without compromising on the quality of our services.

2. Are there Assistnix demos or trial versions available?

Yes, there are AssistNix demos or trial versions available. We have made these available so that the people who are not sure whether they want to avail of our services or not they can easily test our services in this trial or demo. So, if you think our services are providing compatible solutions for your business you can opt for it. And if you think that our services aren't compatible with your business then it's up to you whether you want to avail of our services or not. We try our best to make our customer's experience very smooth while working with us. Therefore, we have added these sorts of features to our services.

3. How can I receive Assistnix support?

AssistNix makes it easy for our customers to get in touch with us. Our clients can communicate with us in a variety of ways. You can contact us by phone, email, using the support portal, or using the support forums, depending on your membership. Whatever assistance you desire, our team will be there to help and support you completely. Any issue you're encountering can be reported, and we'll take care of it. You can contact us in any method that is most convenient for you, and our team will respond promptly.

4. List of open source projects and CRM software on which AssistNix provides support systems.

AssistNix provides support on various open source and CRM projects which includes SuiteCRM, EspoCRM, Focalboard, Redmine, Odoo CRM, Zurmo, OpenCart, Magneto CMS, Osticket, PHPlist, Joomla, Zabbix, Drupal, PHP Server Monitor, OrangeHRM, and Sentrigfugo HRM. Hence, AssistNix provides support on many open source and CRM software. Our team of professional technicians can deal with each software with utmost perfection. You can completely rely on our company for efficient support providing of any of these software.

5. How does the AssistNix team's work?

We have a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals. They make sure to carry out all their services with great attention to detail. When you contact us we will give you the option to get our trial service so you can understand our way of working. Then we will help you with the consultation, application hosting, and the installation of the open source software. From start to the end of our services we provide complete support to all of our customers. Our customers can contact us anytime in case they have any queries or confusion.

6.Is Assistnix provide free services?

No, AssistNix doesn't provide free services. You need to pay to enjoy our services. But the good thing is that our services are available at very affordable rates. So, to enjoy our impeccable services you won't have to worry about your pocket. You can rest assured that you will not go overboard with your budget to enjoy our impeccable and highly professional services. But there is no free service available at AssistNix. You can get trail or demos to check whether our services will be worth your money or not. And then decide to make a deal with us.

7. What is the pricing of AssistNix?

As mentioned above, the pricing of AssistNix is very reasonable. You will be amazed by the pricing of our services. When you come to us we will access your business and make a budget estimate for you. And we assure you that we will not go beyond that estimated budget. There might be a small deviation from the estimated budget but even then we will first make sure to inform you about that. Our pricing systems are completely transparent so our customers know what they are paying for. So, contact AssistNix today and avail of our best services at very affordable rates.

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