This article explains how to enhance the UI for a newly created Django project by using Soft UI Dashboard, an
open-source theme released under the MIT license on GitHub. The theme can be installed using PIP and the activation requires a single line to be added to the configuration. Thanks for reading!
- 👉 Django Admin Soft -
- 👉 Django Admin Soft - the code sample for this article
In the end, the default Django UI will have a modern, mobile-friendly UI styled with Bootstrap 5 and Dark-Mode.
✨ Create the project
To understand and explain the whole process, a new Django project is started from scratch using the terminal.
👉 Create the directory
$ mkdir my-django-project $ cd my-django-project
👉 Install the dependencies - only Django for now
$ virtualenv env $ source env/bin/activate $ pip install Django
👉 Create the Django project
$ django-admin startproject core .
This command will create a new folder named
core in the current project directory and the usual
manage.py, main Django script.
👉 Start the app
$ python manage.py migrate $ python manage.py runserver
At this point, we can visit the app in the browser and we should see the default splash screen that Django serves on 1st install.
👉 Create a superuser
The admin section, the one styled by our new theme, is accessible only to the superusers. Let's create one using this command:
$ python manage.py createsuperuser
At this point, we can access the
admin section that uses a minimal style.
✨ Install Soft UI Design
The product is published on PyPi, the official platform for Python packages.
$ pip install django-admin-soft-dashboard
After theme installation, we need to inform Django to use it and this requires a minor configuration update.
👉 Configure Django to use the new design
admin_soft application to the
INSTALLED_APPS settings of your Django project
settings.py file (note it should be before
INSTALLED_APPS = ( ... 'admin_soft.apps.AdminSoftDashboardConfig', # <-- NEW 'django.contrib.admin', )
👉 Start the app and access the new admin design
$ python manage.py runserver
As mentioned in the first paragraph, the sample source used to create and install the theme can be found on GitHub. Thanks for reading!
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