We use group chat extensively at RocketTheme. It has our central hub of communication, a quick and easy method of transferring files or sharing links, and a platform by which important information can be relayed to the team.
Markdown is an excellent solution for content creators that want to quickly punch out content without having to worry about advanced formatting syntax. It is a simple text format that is easily converted into rich text and HTML, while also being easily read as-is.
Maintaining a high level of productivity as a developer, especially as a remote developer working from home, can be exceedingly difficult. Not every line of code you write will come easy, and you will likely find yourself scratching your head as you search for a solution to an issue. Distractions can be particularly problematic during these times.
Being able to run a local development and testing environment is critical in RocketTheme's day-to-day operations. Our team is spread out across the world, and each member has their own development environment that enables them to create and test their creations as they go, without having to commit every minor change to a central server.
Our forums are an essential part of our site. It allows us to provide detailed support for our members, and gives our community a place to share information. It is an excellent avenue for site developers and casual users alike.