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How to integrate Admin Template in Laravel

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Creating the layout is an important part of any project. Create a responsive and stunning layout is a difficult task as well as time-consuming. To solve this problem we have a pre-built admin template collection that helps you to create a responsive website which the same developing time and cost. In this article, I will integrate the admin panel with Laravel. We will start from scratch.

First of all, find what is admin template and Laravel.

What is the Admin template and use it?

Admin templates are a set of web pages, built with HTML, CSS, and Javascript or any javascript libraries used to create the user interface of the backend of a web application. These pre-built pages are integrated with the web application for doing backend tasks like maintaining the website, user and content management, installation and configuration of website software, and tracking data like network traffic and user visits to the website, to improve the performance of the website.

A well-designed, simple and uncomplicated admin template makes website administration an easy task. Responsiveness is also a major desired quality in an admin template so that you can take things on the go.

There are a ton of bootstrap admin templates that you can download for free and if you want more functionalities, you can get premium bootstrap admin templates. These templates get you started as quickly as possible get your application ready in no time.

Basics of Laravel

Laravel is a powerful MVC PHP framework, designed for developers who need a simple and elegant toolkit to create full-featured web applications. Laravel was created by Taylor Otwell. This is a brief tutorial that explains the basics of the Laravel framework.

How to implement Admin template in Laravel

We will download the admin panel template in plain HTML.

Step 1: Install the Laravel

We will start from scratch. So we require to get a fresh Laravel application using below command, so open your prompt and run the below command.

composer create-project --prefer-dist Laravel/Laravel blog
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Step 2: Download admin template

In this step, we download the SB Admin Laravel admin template. After download extract it.

we have to take js, CSS, and icons and put them into our Laravel application. So, follow below two-point.

Point 1: Create new theme folder in public folder of Laravel application.

Point 2: Copy data, dist and vendor folder and put it into "theme" directory.

Step 3: Create Route
We are building it from scratch so we add two route "my-home" and "my-users" for too pages. So, open your route file and add below route:

routes/web.php

Route::get('my-home', 'HomeController@myHome');
Route::get('my-users', 'HomeController@myUsers');
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Step 4: Add Controller

we will create new HomeController and add two method for dashboard page and my users page. So, we have to put below code on our HomeController:

app/Http/Controllers/HomeController.php

<?php

namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use App\Item;

class HomeController extends Controller
{
    /**
     * Create a new controller instance.
     *
     * @return void
     */
    public function __construct()
    {

    }

    /**
     * Show the application dashboard.
     *
     * @return \Illuminate\Http\Response
     */
    public function myHome()
    {
        return view('myHome');
    }

    /**
     * Show the my users page.
     *
     * @return \Illuminate\Http\Response
     */
    public function myUsers()
    {
        return view('myUsers');
    }
}
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Step 5: Set theme blade files

We have set three theme blade file for SB Admin. So first we will create theme folder on views folder. In theme folder we will create three files as listed below:

1)default.blade.php

2)header.blade.php

3)sidebar.blade.php

Ok, now we have to add code for this three files. as listed below:

resources/views/theme/default.blade.php

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
    <meta name="description" content="">
    <meta name="author" content="">

    <title>SB Admin 2 - Bootstrap Admin Theme</title>

    <!-- Bootstrap Core CSS -->
    <link href="{!! asset('theme/vendor/bootstrap/css/bootstrap.min.css') !!}" rel="stylesheet">

    <!-- MetisMenu CSS -->
    <link href="{!! asset('theme/vendor/metisMenu/metisMenu.min.css') !!}" rel="stylesheet">

    <!-- Custom CSS -->
    <link href="{!! asset('theme/dist/css/sb-admin-2.css') !!}" rel="stylesheet">

    <!-- Morris Charts CSS -->
    <link href="{!! asset('theme/vendor/morrisjs/morris.css') !!}" rel="stylesheet">

    <!-- Custom Fonts -->
    <link href="{!! asset('theme/vendor/font-awesome/css/font-awesome.min.css') !!}" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

</head>
<body>

    <div id="wrapper">

        <!-- Navigation -->
        <nav class="navbar navbar-default navbar-static-top" role="navigation" style="margin-bottom: 0">
            @include('theme.header')
            @include('theme.sidebar')
        </nav>

        <div id="page-wrapper">
            @yield('content')
        </div>
        <!-- /#page-wrapper -->

    </div>
    <!-- /#wrapper -->

    <!-- jQuery -->
    <script src="{!! asset('theme/vendor/jquery/jquery.min.js') !!}"></script>

    <!-- Bootstrap Core JavaScript -->
    <script src="{!! asset('theme/vendor/bootstrap/js/bootstrap.min.js') !!}"></script>

    <!-- Metis Menu Plugin JavaScript -->
    <script src="{!! asset('theme/vendor/metisMenu/metisMenu.min.js') !!}"></script>

    <!-- Morris Charts JavaScript -->
    <script src="{!! asset('theme/vendor/raphael/raphael.min.js') !!}"></script>
    <script src="{!! asset('theme/vendor/morrisjs/morris.min.js') !!}"></script>
    <script src="{!! asset('theme/data/morris-data.js') !!}"></script>

    <!-- Custom Theme JavaScript -->
    <script src="{!! asset('theme/dist/js/sb-admin-2.js') !!}"></script>

</body>

</html>
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resources/views/theme/header.blade.php

<div class="navbar-header">
    <button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".navbar-collapse">
        <span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
        <span class="icon-bar"></span>
        <span class="icon-bar"></span>
        <span class="icon-bar"></span>
    </button>
    <a class="navbar-brand" href="index.html">SB Admin v2.0</a>
</div>
<!-- /.navbar-header -->

<ul class="nav navbar-top-links navbar-right">
    <li class="dropdown">
        <a class="dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown" href="#">
            <i class="fa fa-envelope fa-fw"></i> <i class="fa fa-caret-down"></i>
        </a>
        <ul class="dropdown-menu dropdown-messages">
            <li>
                <a href="#">
                    <div>
                        <strong>John Smith</strong>
                        <span class="pull-right text-muted">
                            <em>Yesterday</em>
                        </span>
                    </div>
                    <div>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Pellentesque eleifend...</div>
                </a>
            </li>
            <li class="divider"></li>
            <li>
                <a class="text-center" href="#">
                    <strong>Read All Messages</strong>
                    <i class="fa fa-angle-right"></i>
                </a>
            </li>
        </ul>
        <!-- /.dropdown-messages -->
    </li>
    <!-- /.dropdown -->
    <li class="dropdown">
        <a class="dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown" href="#">
            <i class="fa fa-tasks fa-fw"></i> <i class="fa fa-caret-down"></i>
        </a>
        <ul class="dropdown-menu dropdown-tasks">
            <li>
                <a href="#">
                    <div>
                        <p>
                            <strong>Task 4</strong>
                            <span class="pull-right text-muted">80% Complete</span>
                        </p>
                        <div class="progress progress-striped active">
                            <div class="progress-bar progress-bar-danger" role="progressbar" aria-valuenow="80" aria-valuemin="0" aria-valuemax="100" style="width: 80%">
                                <span class="sr-only">80% Complete (danger)</span>
                            </div>
                        </div>
                    </div>
                </a>
            </li>
            <li class="divider"></li>
            <li>
                <a class="text-center" href="#">
                    <strong>See All Tasks</strong>
                    <i class="fa fa-angle-right"></i>
                </a>
            </li>
        </ul>
        <!-- /.dropdown-tasks -->
    </li>
    <!-- /.dropdown -->
    <li class="dropdown">
        <a class="dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown" href="#">
            <i class="fa fa-bell fa-fw"></i> <i class="fa fa-caret-down"></i>
        </a>
        <ul class="dropdown-menu dropdown-alerts">
            <li>
                <a href="#">
                    <div>
                        <i class="fa fa-upload fa-fw"></i> Server Rebooted
                        <span class="pull-right text-muted small">4 minutes ago</span>
                    </div>
                </a>
            </li>
            <li class="divider"></li>
            <li>
                <a class="text-center" href="#">
                    <strong>See All Alerts</strong>
                    <i class="fa fa-angle-right"></i>
                </a>
            </li>
        </ul>
        <!-- /.dropdown-alerts -->
    </li>
    <!-- /.dropdown -->
    <li class="dropdown">
        <a class="dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown" href="#">
            <i class="fa fa-user fa-fw"></i> <i class="fa fa-caret-down"></i>
        </a>
        <ul class="dropdown-menu dropdown-user">
            <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-user fa-fw"></i> User Profile</a>
            </li>
            <li><a href="#"><i class="fa fa-gear fa-fw"></i> Settings</a>
            </li>
            <li class="divider"></li>
            <li><a href="login.html"><i class="fa fa-sign-out fa-fw"></i> Logout</a>
            </li>
        </ul>
        <!-- /.dropdown-user -->
    </li>
    <!-- /.dropdown -->
</ul>
<!-- /.navbar-top-links -->
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resources/views/theme/sidebar.blade.php

<div class="navbar-default sidebar" role="navigation">
    <div class="sidebar-nav navbar-collapse">
        <ul class="nav" id="side-menu">
            <li class="sidebar-search">
                <div class="input-group custom-search-form">
                    <input type="text" class="form-control" placeholder="Search...">
                    <span class="input-group-btn">
                    <button class="btn btn-default" type="button">
                        <i class="fa fa-search"></i>
                    </button>
                </span>
                </div>
                <!-- /input-group -->
            </li>
            <li>
                <a href="index.html"><i class="fa fa-dashboard fa-fw"></i> Dashboard</a>
            </li>
            <li>
                <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-bar-chart-o fa-fw"></i> Charts<span class="fa arrow"></span></a>
                <ul class="nav nav-second-level">
                    <li>
                        <a href="flot.html">Flot Charts</a>
                    </li>
                    <li>
                        <a href="morris.html">Morris.js Charts</a>
                    </li>
                </ul>
                <!-- /.nav-second-level -->
            </li>
            <li>
                <a href="tables.html"><i class="fa fa-table fa-fw"></i> Tables</a>
            </li>
            <li>
                <a href="forms.html"><i class="fa fa-edit fa-fw"></i> Forms</a>
            </li>
            <li>
                <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-wrench fa-fw"></i> UI Elements<span class="fa arrow"></span></a>
                <ul class="nav nav-second-level">
                    <li>
                        <a href="panels-wells.html">Panels and Wells</a>
                    </li>
                </ul>
                <!-- /.nav-second-level -->
            </li>
            <li>
                <a href="#"><i class="fa fa-files-o fa-fw"></i> Sample Pages<span class="fa arrow"></span></a>
                <ul class="nav nav-second-level">
                    <li>
                        <a href="blank.html">Blank Page</a>
                    </li>
                    <li>
                        <a href="login.html">Login Page</a>
                    </li>
                </ul>
                <!-- /.nav-second-level -->
            </li>
        </ul>
    </div>
    <!-- /.sidebar-collapse -->
</div>
<!-- /.navbar-static-side -->
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Step 6: Use Theme

We will create two new blade file using our integrated theme layout. Yes, we added two route one for home and another for users. So, let's create two files and see how to user our integrated theme.

resources/views/myHome.blade.php

@extends('theme.default')

@section('content')
<div class="row">
    <div class="col-lg-12">
        <h1 class="page-header">Dashboard</h1>
    </div>
    <!-- /.col-lg-12 -->
</div>
<!-- /.row -->
<div class="row">
    <div class="col-lg-3 col-md-6">
        <div class="panel panel-primary">
            <div class="panel-heading">
                <div class="row">
                    <div class="col-xs-3">
                        <i class="fa fa-comments fa-5x"></i>
                    </div>
                    <div class="col-xs-9 text-right">
                        <div class="huge">26</div>
                        <div>New Comments!</div>
                    </div>
                </div>
            </div>
            <a href="#">
                <div class="panel-footer">
                    <span class="pull-left">View Details</span>
                    <span class="pull-right"><i class="fa fa-arrow-circle-right"></i></span>
                    <div class="clearfix"></div>
                </div>
            </a>
        </div>
    </div>
    <div class="col-lg-3 col-md-6">
        <div class="panel panel-green">
            <div class="panel-heading">
                <div class="row">
                    <div class="col-xs-3">
                        <i class="fa fa-tasks fa-5x"></i>
                    </div>
                    <div class="col-xs-9 text-right">
                        <div class="huge">12</div>
                        <div>New Tasks!</div>
                    </div>
                </div>
            </div>
            <a href="#">
                <div class="panel-footer">
                    <span class="pull-left">View Details</span>
                    <span class="pull-right"><i class="fa fa-arrow-circle-right"></i></span>
                    <div class="clearfix"></div>
                </div>
            </a>
        </div>
    </div>
    <div class="col-lg-3 col-md-6">
        <div class="panel panel-yellow">
            <div class="panel-heading">
                <div class="row">
                    <div class="col-xs-3">
                        <i class="fa fa-shopping-cart fa-5x"></i>
                    </div>
                    <div class="col-xs-9 text-right">
                        <div class="huge">124</div>
                        <div>New Orders!</div>
                    </div>
                </div>
            </div>
            <a href="#">
                <div class="panel-footer">
                    <span class="pull-left">View Details</span>
                    <span class="pull-right"><i class="fa fa-arrow-circle-right"></i></span>
                    <div class="clearfix"></div>
                </div>
            </a>
        </div>
    </div>
    <div class="col-lg-3 col-md-6">
        <div class="panel panel-red">
            <div class="panel-heading">
                <div class="row">
                    <div class="col-xs-3">
                        <i class="fa fa-support fa-5x"></i>
                    </div>
                    <div class="col-xs-9 text-right">
                        <div class="huge">13</div>
                        <div>Support Tickets!</div>
                    </div>
                </div>
            </div>
            <a href="#">
                <div class="panel-footer">
                    <span class="pull-left">View Details</span>
                    <span class="pull-right"><i class="fa fa-arrow-circle-right"></i></span>
                    <div class="clearfix"></div>
                </div>
            </a>
        </div>
    </div>
</div>
@endsection
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resources/views/myUsers.blade.php

@extends('theme.default')

@section('content')
<div class="row">
    <div class="col-lg-12">
        <h1 class="page-header">My Users</h1>
    </div>
    <!-- /.col-lg-12 -->
</div>
<!-- /.row -->

<table class="table table-striped table-bordered table-hover">
    <thead>
        <tr>
            <th>#</th>
            <th>First Name</th>
            <th>Last Name</th>
            <th>Username</th>
        </tr>
    </thead>
    <tbody>
        <tr>
            <td>1</td>
            <td>Hardik</td>
            <td>Savani</td>
            <td>@mdo</td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
            <td>2</td>
            <td>Kashiyani</td>
            <td>Vimal</td>
            <td>@fat</td>
        </tr>
        <tr>
            <td>3</td>
            <td>Harshad</td>
            <td>Pathak</td>
            <td>@twitter</td>
        </tr>
    </tbody>
</table>

@endsection
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As below files we used our integrated theme and you can understand how we can use it again and again with other pages.

Now we are ready to run our example so run below command for quick run:

php artisan serve

Run the below URL on your browser:

http://localhost:8000/my-home
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Conclusion

In above article, I have explained how to implement admin dashboard into a Laravel app and also shown how to configure theme.

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