This article we will be focusing on why you need a dashboard and how it is best for you to set it up. To make your job easier, we have also created a list of free resources that can speed your development process. So let’s take it step by step.
What is a dashboard?
A dashboard is a set of pages that are easy to read and offer information to the user in real time regarding his business. A dashboard usually consists of graphical representations of the current status and trends within an organization. Having a well-designed dashboard will give you the possibility to act and make informed decisions based on the data that your business provides.
To be more precise, a dashboard is a graphical, real-time representation of a report. People have always had their data shown in a meaningful, only it has been on paper. Having your business on the web requires you see the back process in a dashboard.
Driving a car requires you to see a control panel, that way you find out about your speed, milage, how much gas you have left. You can consider having a software business the same way: you need to know how every part is behaving and when you need to take action.
You need dashboards for human resources, managing operations, recruiting sales, information technology, project management, customer relationship management and the list could go on. If you find yourself in any of these fields, you have probably already felt the need to have your admin functions put together in a nice interface.
How do you go about it? First thing first, don’t reinvent the wheel. Since everyone needs a dashboard, dashboards are already made and available on the web. You just need to customize it. The second advice is that you should best keep it simple. Only keep the functions that you need.
Our own example
We needed to create a dashboard for our own admin and for the users too. So we thought of the best solution. We didn’t want to recreate the wheel, but we didn’t want to go with something bloated up and full of functions. So we used pre-defined widgets and put them together in a meaningful way. We found that was the best way for us, but it is important that you find the best way for your business.
To make your process easier, we have put together a list of useful free resources for you to choose from. If you know of other tools that have helped you, please leave them in the comments below.
Starting out – the best free resources
We’ll have the list split up into two sections. First one has all the HTML resources that can jump start your development process. The second one has PSD resources that will help you design beautiful mock-ups. Enjoy!
1. Light Bootstrap Dashboard
Light Bootstrap Dashboard is an admin dashboard template designed to be beautiful and simple. It comes with a big collection of elements that will offer you multiple possibilities to create the app that best fits your needs.
2. Material Dashboard
Material Dashboard is a free Material Bootstrap Admin with a fresh, new design inspired by Google’s Material Design. Material Dashboard was built over the popular Bootstrap framework and it comes with a couple of third-party plugins redesigned to fit in with the rest of the elements.
3. Paper Dashboard
Paper Dashboard is a Bootstrap Admin Panel which combines soft colors with beautiful typography and spacious cards and graphics. It is a powerful tool, but it is light and easy to use.
4. DashGum – Free Dashboard
DashGum is a simple & elegant admin panel. With DashGum you have charts, tables, a lot of panels, calendars, notifications, to-do lists and more. Grab our free theme and enjoy it.
SB Admin is a free to download Bootstrap admin template. This template uses the default Bootstrap 3 styles along with a variety of powerful jQuery plugins to create a powerful framework for creating admin panels, web apps, or back-end dashboards.
6. AdminLTE Control Panel Template
Best open source admin dashboard & control panel theme. Built on top of Bootstrap 3, AdminLTE provides a range of responsive, reusable, and commonly used components.
7. Responsive Bootstrap Admin Template – Edmin
Edmin is yet another new Bootstrap Admin Template with jQuery plugins that is perfect for your projects. It provides an easy to use modern and flat user interface design and a fully responsive layout that is compatible with handheld devices such as phones and tablets.
8. Matrix Bootstrap Admin Template
Matrix Admin is a modern clean and powerful ready to use responsive admin template, based on Bootstrap v3.1.1, HTML5 and powered by jQuery, with amazing charts and graphs.
9. Director Responsive Admin Template Free
Director is a free responsive admin template. It is built on top of famous twitter bootstrap framework. It is uniquely designed responsive admin template.
10. Angular Material Dashboard
Responsive Angular admin dashboard with material design based on Angular Material. Check it out!
11. Free Admin Template PSD
The admin template provides you a dashboard that you can use to manage and run your web application. The easier it is to use an admin template, the better experience it offers its users.
12. Infinite Admin – Free PSD Web Admin
They are giving away two version (normal and slim dashboard) free PSD web admin, called Infinite Admin. All layers are well organized in groups. Enjoy it, cause it’s free!
13. Free PSD Dashboard
Hope you all enjoy the free dashboard and feel free to leave feedback.
14. Analytics Dashboard UI KIT
Here is a freebie set. Check the attachment for full versions. Feel free to download and enjoy it!
15. Smart Admin Dashboard
Download and enjoy it!
16. Futani Admin Dashboard
Futani is a unique and trendy admin dashboard. It’s a perfect combination of modern design and unique authentic look. It’s fancy and functional in the same time.
17. Flat Dashboard with Map
This Flat Dashboard with Map will give you some ideas on how to build your next dashboard project. Hope this helps you get started!
18. YONO Dashboard UI Kit
YONO is a user interface dashboard free PSD template with its simple, flat and elegant design.
19. Admin DashBoard Free UI
Admin DashBoard. Manage like a boss with your personal special DashBoard.
20. Free Dashboard UI KIT for Fabric
Check it out! Feel free to download Free Dashboard UI Kit and enjoy it!
21. Evernote Dashboard
Using Evernote just stuck an idea in mind to reskin to make it more live, just made with some more iconic base, change some UX view for users, hope you will enjoy it.
22. Dashboard UI Elements
Glad to share with you the 1st part of great UI Kit.This is the dashboard consisting of 16 elements. The font used is Montserrat free. The license type is CC BY-NC-SA 3.0.
23. Free Flat Data Dashboard vol 1
24. Paper Dashboard Angular
Paper Dashboard Angular is a Bootstrap Admin Template which combines soft colors with beautiful typography and spacious cards and graphics.
25. Vue Paper Dashboard
Vue Paper Dashboard is a beautiful resource built over Bootstrap and Vue. It will help you get started developing dashboards in no time. Vue Paper Dashboard is a Vue ported version of the Original Paper Dashboard.
26. Light Bootstrap Dashboard Angular2
Light Bootstrap Dashboard Angular 2 is an admin dashboard template designed to be beautiful and simple. It is built on top of Light Bootstrap Dashboard and Bootstrap 3 and it is fully responsive.
27. Material Dashboard Angular2
Material Dashboard Angular 2 is a free Material Bootstrap Admin with a fresh, new design inspired by Google’s Material Design.