Admin templates are used to build the back-end of an application for the purpose of controlling and managing the application. Even though admin templates make up the back-end of an application or a website, a clean and user-friendly layout makes the purpose of it much easier. And now that everything is going ‘responsive’, you have to have a back-end that you can access from any device easily. When handling the administration of your business, going for a template that offers simplicity is a good choice, a complex design might not be ideal when it comes to organization and management.
Creating the backend of an application from the ground up can be a really time-consuming task that could cost you a lot of money as well. So when you are tight on budget or under a time constraint or both, getting an admin template from the web is the way to go. There are a lot of free and premium admin templates available that you can use to kick-start your project without any delay.
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Bootstrap is one of the best frameworks that are used to build free and premium templates. The reasons being easy customization to suit any purpose, fast, having no need to write code from scratch, responsiveness, excellent browser compatibility etc. Bootstrap’s latest version is Bootstrap 4 and is still in alpha stage. But there are a plenty of admin templates available for Bootstrap 4, but it is not recommended to use Bootstrap 4 in production. You can always opt for the stable version of Bootstrap 3.
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Below listed are some of the free, responsive admin templates built on top of Bootstrap 3 and Bootstrap 4. It may be simple and may not suit everyone’s requirements. These might be good if you are running on a tight budget or you don’t need much functionality into your application. Important thing is to understand your exact requirements before searching for a template.
SB Admin 2
SB Admin 2 is a responsive free admin template built on top of Bootstrap 3 by Start Bootstrap. It has everything you need to get started on your web application including responsive sidebar and menu bar, powerful jQuery charting plugins – Flot charts and Morris.js, and extended Bootstrap functionalities using custom jQuery plugins. It comes with a total of 16 pages which includes a login page and a blank page that you can use to get started with your own project. It has a responsive navbar with drop-down menus and a multilevel dropdown in the sidebar. If you need support for any issues that you face you can visit the support page of Start Bootstrap or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gentelella is a free, responsive admin template with flat design. it has more features than that you can ask for in a free template. it has got 35+ pages which include Additional pages for e-commerce, projects, contact, profile etc. It uses several libraries for charts calendar, forms validation, form autocomplete, upload area, range sliders, notifications, etc. You can select from three different dashboards that Gentelella has in store for you. It includes a huge collection of plugins and UI elements that you can use for your admin template. You can check out Flat Design Vs. Material Design
Admin LTE Control Panel Template
This Bootstrap 3 based admin template is yet another template that can compete with any premium template of its kind. It is responsive, comes with a flat design and has 6 skins. It has responsive navbar and a responsive sidebar with multilevel dropdown, 35+ pages, including two dashboards that you can choose from. It uses over 18 plugins and 3 custom made plugins and different widgets including direct chat, social widgets etc. to get more than the default bootstrap style. It supports all the latest and popular browsers including Safari, IE9+, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. AdminLTE provides very good documentation on how to get started and about all the components, plugins used, upgrade guide etc. They provide support through their GitHub page.
Ample Admin Lite
Ample Admin Lite comes with a plain, minimalist, and simple design for your dashboard. They offer the free version only for personal web applications. The free version of the template comes with 7 pages, 10+ UI components a pretty good collection of icons. But if you need much more than just the basic elements and components you will have to go for their premium template which provide much more functionalities than the free version. Support is provided through email and also you can have a live chat with them that can help you clear any questions before downloading the template.
Copilot is a free responsive admin template that is forked from AdminLTE. It has a colorful flat design for your dashboard and is highly customizable. The number of pages is 9 including a login page and an error page. In case you have any problem, you can ask your questions on the issues page on GitHub. Documentation and the demo for the template are provided in the GitHub repo.
Admin BSB – Material Design
AdminBSB Material Design is free, responsive Bootstrap admin template with material design, as the name suggests. It has a colorful, and flashy and well-crafted interface that catches the eye of the user. Some of the many features of AdminBSB are dashboard overview page, various widgets, image gallery, carousel, maps, form, advanced data tables, UI elements, example pages including Sign In and Sign Up pages, forms, change logs, and more. The template supports all the latest and popular web browsers. A well-written documentation is provided for you to get started with your project with minimum issues. In case you have any issues you can post it on the GitHub page. You can check out Material Design Admin template
Dashgum is a simple, elegant, and flat admin built with Bootstrap. It is a responsive, highly customizable template for you to get started with your admin panel as soon as possible. It comes with 15 pages that you can use, the extra pages include a blank page, a login page, and a lock screen. With the free template, you get a lot of features like tables, charts, calendars, notifications, forms etc. But if you need more features, you can get a premium version that offers a lot more functionalities.
Shoppy E-commerce Admin Panel
Shoppy e-commerce is flat, responsive admin template from W3 Layouts. Shoppy is a very popular admin template. It has all the functionalities that you may need with multiple pages and many UI components for your admin template. You can submit any issue in the template by raising a ticket on the support page.
Pooled is a free, fully responsive admin template also from W3 Layout. It is built upon Bootstrap framework along with the technologies HTML5, CSS3, and jQuery. It is of flat design, has many functionalities that can help you build an admin panel that will help you manage and control your web application. The components include forms, different pages – gallery, inbox, error page, login page, different types of charts – bar chart, pie chart, line chart, point chart and multiple Y-axis chart, calendar, icons using Font Awesome, and Bootstrap glyphicons etc.
Esteem Admin Panel
Yet another admin template from W3 Layouts. Esteem Admin panel has a flat design and offers many functionalities including toggled collapsible navigation, digital flip clock, cylinder chart, circular progressing canvas, sliding progress bars, profile widget, stacked bar chart, and weather forecast widget among many other UI components and widgets that can help you create an admin panel in a clean and simple way. The template has been downloaded 5,027 times.
Colored Admin Panel
Colored Admin Panel as the name suggests is a colorful template also taken from W3 Layouts. With flat design and brilliant colors, it is sure to catch the attention of anyone. It has got all the functionalities that are needed for an admin template. Components and widgets including charts, forms, buttons, pages like sign up page, login page etc, grids, and everything are colored in an attractive way and you can customize them easily with the colors of your imagination.
Minimal Admin Panel
Minimal Admin Panel as the name suggests has a minimalistic approach to flat design. Very simple and clean look can be an attractive feature if you are creating an admin panel and you prefer simplicity. It comes with all the latest browser support. The admin panel has a huge collection of reusable UI components that help you create an admin panel as easy and fast as possible. It has been downloaded 31,639 times.
Startmin has all the basic Bootstrap components that you would need for building an admin template. It has a simple, clean flat design. The responsive navbar and sidebar with multi-level dropdowns and various other UI components like charts – Morris charts and Flot charts, forms, tables, and other UI elements make it a good starting point for your admin panel. In case any issues with the admin panel, you can submit your issues to the Github issues page.
Charisma is a responsive free admin template. It's not colorful or flashy as other themes but the main focus is on the utility. However, there are 9 different themes for the template and you can choose the one you like the best. It has all the UI components you need like charts, calendars, custom pages, buttons, forms etc, and widgets that are collapsible, sortable and closable. You can also make use of the website tour plugin that helps you navigate through your website before starting. The template is easily customizable and very user-friendly.
KAdmin is a very clean and neatly designed admin template with many components and widgets that can help you create an amazing admin template. It comes with two different version – a dark themed version and a light themed version. It has many different UI components, charts, forms, and different layouts. There are many different animations provided within the admin template that you can apply to your admin template. Although there are plenty of components for you to work with even still if you want more functionalities there is a premium version that you can get.
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