What Makes A Good Admin Theme?

Using a dashboard admin theme is helpful, but perhaps more importantly is a massive cost and time saver, where an admin area is needed for a web application project. Too often I come across web projects that only pay attention to the front-end side of things like the site design, but the back-end (often the reason why I signed up or paid for the service) is a mess with poor and convoluted features and functionality. The value of investing time and work on the back-end should not be overlooked. Especially, when the back-end is where I will most the time, accessing the services I (often) paid for.

So what functions should an admin theme have? I will stick my neck out and say that these are the bare essentials an admin template should have (don’t agree? feel free to comment what you think is essential):

  • Be lightweight
  • Have responsive design
  • Clever dashboard, with stats, graphs and charts you can customize
  • Have UI elements
  • Form and wizard elements
  • Widgets that can be customized
  • Pricing and comparison tables
  • Support ticket, login, register and forgot password pages
  • Have custom 404 and 500 error pages

A custom-made user admin area interface will cost money, can be very time consuming to setup and all of this can be very difficult especially for start-up web application projects. This is where the awesomeness of Twitter Bootstrap comes in. While Bootstrap is a front-end framework loads of back-end admin themes have been developed and are available. With Twitter Bootstrap you can get a high quality, responsive, lightweight and good designed admin template at a reasonable cost (often very cheap). Here I have collected some of the best admin themes for Bootstrap to help you get your web application project started.

Ace Admin

Lightweight, responsive and is jam-packed with awesome features

Ace Admin

Core Admin

Responsive, built with SASS and loads of customization options

Core Admin

Genyx Admin

Responsive, packed with features and free support

Genyx Admin

Light Blue Admin

Responsive, smart features and an awesome design

Light Blue Admin

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