Today we have something very interesting and yet something easily neglected during a Web Application development cycle. It’s virtually unheard of to development a website without considering its availability on multiple devices in the market. Therefore, to stay relevant to the current web market, we would need to create a highly robust web design that focuses on a fully responsive framework.
We’ve recently approached Keenthemes to share with us some insights, features and functionality on their product Metronic. What we’ve found out was deeply informative and impressive to say the least. As developers of Metronic, Keenthemes firmly believes in developing and providing a solid and positive user experience for Admin Dashboards in a form of a HTML 5 template that is easily integrated, customized and deployed. As a result, Metronic has received over 35,000 satisfied customers and some of which have saved over thousands of hours and thousands of dollars in development time and cost.
With the integration of Twitter Bootstrap as one of Metronic’s core framework, they are able to provide a robust, fluid grid framework with flexible fonts, images and lay-out. This dedication is to ensure that they maintain their goal to remain relevant in today’s mobile first standards.
Screen responsiveness is the key to a success of any web-based system because of the exponential growth of mobile devices easily obtainable by anyone. When there’s a large majority of available technology that allows everyone to browse the web from their device, the need for mobile responsive frameworks is crucial to provide a highly positive user experience.
Whilst Metronic is specifically designed for Backend users such as developers or administrators, Keenthemes were adamant to still deliver the best Interfaces and Experiences for the target audience. This is because, regardless of user types, having a logical, simple and clean interface design will definitely benefit in productivity and efficiency for all end users.
In general, a user interface is the layout design on screen which the user interacts with to control the input, settings and / or content for the devices, website or software.
Metronic focuses on synergizing the Graphical User Interface (GUI) and a Form Based interface to produce the best possible control for our users to interact with their backend systems. Focusing on delivering multiple design concepts within their Admin Dashboard Template, this is to be able to cater to a variety of projects that are fully supported by Keenthemes. Their design concepts can range from Flat UI design, Material Design to Responsive Designs.
User Experience (UX) is the overall experience a user faces whilst interacting with the system or application in terms of how easy or pleasing it is to use. Therefore having a great UX will ensure that customers will be able to maneuver through Metronic’s GUI and Form interfaces with ease. This will in turn increase productivity, efficiency and lower development and maintenance cost whilst utilizing Metronic within your backend development projects.
Coming to 3rd party plugins, there are many available 3rd party plugins available and being used by most customers on a regular basis, that is why when Keenthemes integrate these plugins into Metronic, you can be ensured that the best standards for UI and UX gets translated into these plugins. For example, Metronic comes with some heavily customized the jQuery Datatables and Bootstrap’s Dropdown menus to increase usability and efficiency.
Here’s a screenshot example of the original jQuery Datatable on the left, and Metronic’s heavily customized jQuery Datatable on the right:
Default jQuery Datatable
Metronic’s jQuery Datatable
Keenthemes speaks from the heart that as developers themselves, they have had their fair share of stress and frustration going through some badly designed User Interfaces from our past projects. Therefore through countless weeks of research and hardwork, they’ve set a goal to deliver a product to accessible to everyone in order to eliminate these frustrations.
Whilst Keenthemes mainly focuses on the development of Dashboards or Administration Panels, their commitments are to provide the best possible solution for every Web Application Dashboard.
Web Applications are smart and responsive websites that integrates a backend framework to easily manage their website content. Web applications could range a Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress or an eCommerce framework that allows product management and payment gateways.
However, some frameworks like WordPress, Magento or Drupal, either do not have a flexible backend dashboard or does not have a responsive or optimized dashboard. This is a common issue that will definitely reduce the web administrator’s productivity and efficiency. This is even more common when projects were created with their own custom backend framework based on tailor-made requirements for developing their Web Application.
Developing a web application can take from 6 weeks to 6 months or more depending on the complexity of the framework and with today’s ever-growing time sensitive business markets, projects like this are usually not given enough time to developers to fully flesh out their ideas and plans. Therefore the first thing that usually gets cut from develop will be the dashboard’s user experience.
This is where Metronic comes in. Metronic will provide everyone access to a fully Responsive Dashboard / Admin Panel with over 1500 different functions and features to cater to any tailor-made framework available. Metronic even utilizes the most up-to-date web standards from Bootstrap, AngularJS, SCSS, HTML5, jQuery, AJAX and even supports RTL (Right-to-Left) reading web applications.
Since Metronic is a HTML5 admin theme, it’s build with easy flexibility and customization in mind in order to allow all developers from any project to easily and simply integrate Metronic into their custom frameworks. However, sometimes the Dashboard will also require some creative touch to clearly identify 1 backend framework from another. Therefore, Metronic also provides 7 dashboard layouts that can also be easily customized.
Each layout comes with a different set of design functions and features. For example, each header is distinctively different from one another. Metronic also allows developers to customize and populate their Dashboards with a huge variety of elements and components.
Here is just a small snippet of examples available within Metronic:
Data-tables to manage database records
Responsive Form Controls
Ready-made dynamic Invoice Templates that automatically generates based on dynamic data values
Responsive User profiles
With Metronic, all developers are able to focus their work on developing their framework to the best iteration possible along with a high quality responsive and optimized Dashboard with half the time and cost needed.
Keenthemes has also shared with us that they have received many satisfied customers with Metronic. Other developers that have saved thousands of dollars, weeks of development time for their project and even reduce stress and headaches for their team.
Don’t let just ramble around on this, have a look at Metronic’s Live Demo and experience for yourselves. It’s without a doubt that Metronic is one of the best and most innovative Admin Dashboard Template available in today’s market and knowing the inner workings within Keenthemes, it will only get better.