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.
Lightweight, responsive and is jam-packed with awesome features
Responsive, built with SASS and loads of customization options
Responsive, packed with features and free support
Responsive, smart features and an awesome design