How to create a Responsive Admin Template using Light Bootstrap Dashboard — Part 1

We are going to use Light Bootstrap Dashboard, a free Bootstrap Admin Template

 

Hello happy coders!

In this mega tutorial, you’ll teach you how to create an admin panel using Light Bootstrap Dashboard(LBD) on Bootstrap 4.

All the source file are available on Github and our website so you can start using them immediately and for free.

The first thing you should do is to download LBD.

We will use the template file as an example for WordPress admin. At the final of this tutorial you will get a replica for:

  1. Dashboard page
  2. Posts page
  3. Appearance page

Oh. and everything will be responsive, of course 😁

That’s being said..let’s begin.

 

Add Navigation Icons to Dashboard

At this moment our template page looks like this.

Starting Point with template.html

 

Step 1. Change the page name

Head to the text editor and open template.html. By the way, I’m using Atom as a text editor.

I’ve changed the name of the page to Creative Tim’s Blog

<div class=”logo”>
      <a href=”http://www.creative-tim.com" class=”simple-text”>
         Creative Tim’s Blog
      </a>
</div>

Step 2. Let’s add refresh icon

 

Let’s go to Font Awesome and get refresh icon <i class="fa fa-refresh" aria-hidden="true"></i>

For the refresh icon, I’ll just replace the dashboard icon.

Replace dashboard Icon

Change fa-dashboard to fa-refresh

<ul class=”nav navbar-nav navbar-left”>
 <li>
 <a href=”#” class=”dropdown-toggle” data-toggle=”dropdown”>
 <i class=”fa fa-refresh”></i> 10
 </a>
 </li>

 

Step 3. Delete dashboard text

WordPress has the page located inside of the content. In our dashboard, we have the location inside the navigation bar.

I will take it out of our navigation, and we will add it later inside the content so it will look like WP.

So at the moment, I’ll just delete a class="navbar-brand" href="#">Dashboard</a> within the button.

Delete selected row

After delete

 

Step 4. Add the comments icon

I’ll use the following icon <i class="fa fa-comments-o" aria-hidden="true"></i>

To add additional icons, duplicate the refresh icon area within <li>

<li>
 <a href=”#” class=”dropdown-toggle” data-toggle=”dropdown”>
 <i class=”fa fa-refresh”></i> 10
 </a>
 </li>

 

Step 5. Add more icons ❤

The icon I’ll use: <i class="fa fa-plus" aria-hidden="true"></i>

 

Step 6. Add SEO Button

Here we use only text.

<li>
 <a href=”#” class=”dropdown-toggle” data-toggle=”dropdown”>
 SEO
 </a>
 </li>

The left navbar should look like this:

Code for navbar icons

<div class=”collapse navbar-collapse”>
 <ul class=”nav navbar-nav navbar-left”>
 <li>
 <a href=”#” class=”dropdown-toggle” data-toggle=”dropdown”>
 <i class=”fa fa-refresh”></i> 10
 </a>
 </li>
 <li>
 <a href=”#” class=”dropdown-toggle” data-toggle=”dropdown”>
 <i class=”fa fa-comments-o”></i> 0
 </a>
 </li>
 <li>
 <a href=”#” class=”dropdown-toggle” data-toggle=”dropdown”>
 <i class=”fa fa-plus”></i> New Post
 </a>
 </li>
 <li>
 <a href=”#” class=”dropdown-toggle” data-toggle=”dropdown”>
 SEO
 </a>
 </li>
 </ul>
<ul class=”nav navbar-nav navbar-right”>
 <li class=”dropdown”>
 <a href=”#” class=”dropdown-toggle” data-toggle=”dropdown”>
 Howdy, Nice Goddady
 <b class=”caret”></b>
 </a>
 <ul class=”dropdown-menu”>
 <li><a href=”#”>Action</a></li>
 <li><a href=”#”>Another action</a></li>
 <li><a href=”#”>Something</a></li>
 <li><a href=”#”>Another action</a></li>
 <li><a href=”#”>Something</a></li>
 <li class=”divider”></li>
 <li><a href=”#”>Separated link</a></li>
 </ul>
 </li>
</ul>
 </div>

 

Recreate Drop Down Menu from Navbar

GodDaddy, GodDaddy. We got this!

Step 7. Drop Down Menu

We already have a beautiful drop-down menu in our dashboard.html so we can use it in our template.

copy this from dashboard.html and paste it to template.html

Navbar in our template.html

You can customize this however you want. Our Navbar job, for now, is done.

Dropdown Menu

 

Step 8. Coffee Break!


 

Dashboard Content Area

Dashboard

We have sections like Quick Draft, At a Glance or Activity.

The Quick Draft has a card which contains one input, one text area, and one Save Draft button.

We have this in our user profile, and we can use the left card.

User Profile Card

 

Step 9. Copy card from user.html into your template.html

The card is inside container

 

Your template should look like this:

Quick Draft form overload 

Beware that we used for this example a “col-md-6”

 

Step 10. Let’s delete some form overload 😈

For this card, we need a title, text area, and a button. The final code for this:

 

It should look like this:

 

Step 11. Recreate At a Glance Area

At a Glance Area

 

For this, we are going to use some stroke icons. I like them, and those are available in this dashboard. You can select icons from icons.html

Icons.html

 

The code

At a Glance preview

 

Step 12. Let’s add some links to the text

with links

Step 13. CSS for bigger & better icons

First thing here is to create a new CSS file. Mine is called my-style.css

After you create this file, add it to your template.html

CSS 

 

Add a new class in the glance card section

And now it looks better! 😀

 

Step 14. Add footer section for WordPress version

At a Glance with footer

This is our first part of the tutorial. We’d be glad to know your feedback, and if you have any ideas on how to improve this, please tell us.

We want to make these tutorials better for you.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3M3NQtFyqM&t=777s

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