Modular design principles are helping thousands of website and application dashboard developers and agencies to streamline their production lines and bring in more profits while delivering a superior customer experience.
But before we go into the benefits of choosing modular design when developing admin panels, we should explain what the modular design concept is all about.
What is a Modular Design?
Quite simply, modular design is a process of developing a product (in this case an admin panel or dashboard) using modules or units. Modular design bridges the gap between building from scratch and buying a complete, pre-built product.
In terms of front-end development, building (i.e. coding) from scratch gives you maximum flexibility but is very time-consuming. You have to mix and match blocks of code, often from various libraries, while keeping the design consistent. Then there are the inevitable conflicts that need to be dealt with during debugging.
Using pre-built themes for CMS platforms (e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc.) seems faster on the surface but is it really? Unless the client is easily satisfied, they will want the theme customized to look and function exactly as they want it to. This will often end up taking a long time, especially if developers have to break what’s already been built to extend or customize it. They are also constrained by the platform itself which may have its own built-in limitations.
In contrast, modules are usually completely self-contained and include everything you might need to quickly build web pages and applications. There is no separate platform to integrate with, just thousands of various components, each of which can be styled to fit any design challenge.
WrapPixel’s Modular design templates contain all of the modules needed for building countless different types of admin dashboard. They also include several pre-built templates and sample pages which can speed up the process even more, especially for less demanding projects.
How Modular Design Simplifies Admin Dashboard Customization?
Modular design helps to cut down the workload of the average web project by making it easier to both design and build a website or app. By downloading one or more templates, developers and agencies can easily experiment with different designs until they find one which their customer likes.
Pre-built templates, such as those packaged up with WrapPixel admin themes, can provide either inspiration or even a blueprint for the final dashboard. They are particularly efficient when minor tweaking is all that’s needed as they can be modified and re-styled to achieve the desired effect.
For more in-depth customization, there are plenty of UI components, applications, fonts and icons in every template package (or you can download a UI kit rather than a template). Some of the goodies designers can access in a WrapPixel admin template or UI kit include widgets, tables, charts, unlimited colors, menus, sliders, forms, buttons, multiple file uploaders, WYSIWYG content editors and much more. PSD files are also bundled in for designers who like to use Photoshop. Dashboard functionality can be easily extended with add-ons and plugins for even more options.
To begin your modular design admin template journey, we recommend you try out our live dashboard demos and then download one of our free ‘lite’ templates. Although these are not suitable for commercial use they are ideal for playing with modular design and getting your feet wet before buying a pro version.
Some Other Advantages of Modular Design
Modular design offers more than just enhanced customization. It also helps web developers, designers and agencies to speed up the entire development process by reducing duplication of code and eliminating the time spent searching code libraries.
With plenty of low-cost admin templates and UI kits available, developers can easily find a suitable package without breaking the bank or sacrificing the quality of the final product. Indeed, by drawing on popular dashboard design trends and incorporating the most useful functions, template-based modular design can achieve a more polished final product than many designers who insist on coding from scratch. The reduced workload also means more time to fine tune a website or application.
There is another important advantage developers get with modular designs. Since the underlying software is usually open-source, developers have the freedom to add to, subtract from or modify any of the code.
WrapPixel offers modular design capability through its extensive range of Angular 6 and Bootstrap admin template packages. Developers used to work with these frameworks can continue to work with their favorite but for those who are not sure what an Angular 6 or Bootstrap theme is, keep reading!
What are Angular and Bootstrap Frameworks?
Angular and Bootstrap are two different front-end development frameworks but both are designed to help developers create great looking websites and applications while coding more efficiently. They were originally created by teams working for Google and Twitter respectively.
WrapPixel has a selection of both Angular and Bootstrap admin templates ready for purchase:
Examples from the Bootstrap dashboard range include Ample Admin, Elegant Admin, Maple Admin, MaterialPro Admin (based on the Google Material Design concept), Matrix Admin, Monster Admin, MyAdmin, Nice Admin and Xtreme Admin.
Are you Ready to get Started?
Now you know exactly what modular design is all about, it’s up to you to choose the best templates or UI kits for your (or your clients’) specific needs. WrapPixel has made it simple for you to browse our website and see the extensive range of templates available. We also have sections dedicated to UI kits and free admin templates. In the unlikely case you are unable to find the admin template you need, you can always find brand new templates in our ‘latest’ section.
All paid for admin templates are available under different license options to suit your specific use case.