About a year ago we’ve announced the Baasic dashboard and some of its most important features: registration, account activation, navigation options, applications creation and module management.
Since then, we’ve got a lot of feedback, and we’ve listened to it carefully in order to figure out the next steps. Most of the “old” dashboard tutorial is still valid: this time we’ll concentrate on what’s different.
You probably already know that there are actually two dashboards in Baasic. The Account Dashboard, which holds the list of all your applications, lets you manage your payment options and account data in general; and the Application Dashboard, which allows you to perform all actions related to the specific app.
So, what’s new?
Account dashboard, as we said, holds the list of all your applications. To navigate through the Account Dashboard you must be logged in as the account owner. Note: if someone else added you as an admin for their application, you won’t be able to access the Account Dashboard – just the Application Dashboard.
Complete visual overhaul
We all know that a well-designed dashboard should be straightforward and clutter-free. You’ll find that the Baasic dashboard takes control management to a whole new level - while still looking great.
Separation of visual connections between Account and Application Dashboard
Previously, both Account and Application Dashboard looked very similar: a dark sidebar menu and a light main screen. Now you can tell those two apart at a glance.
Easier overview of applications with grid view or list view option
Switch between alternative views of all your applications with just a single click.
Old sidebar menu is simplified
The account dashboard just lost its two-level sidebar menu – now you can find all those options in the tabbed menu at the top.
Updated Support and About sections
In the ‘Support’ section you’ll find the information on all Baasic features (while in Beta, the documentation will be available in the Developer Center), and ‘About’ section will inform you of all the software products Baasic dashboard is using. There’s also a list of available options in case you want to contact Baasic support team.
Added Notes to notifications
Besides notifications on errors, warnings, things in progress and success notifications, you can get notes on planned deployments and similar activities. You can hide or show notifications by clicking the ring icon in the top right corner.
All account settings are in the top right corner – a more familiar position to the users
Clicking the avatar opens account-related options – which are now scaled down to three items: ‘My Account’, ‘Change password’ and ‘Reload Account Settings’.
Application’s status, API Key, and permissions are prominent and always visible
In both list and grid view of your applications, status, API key and permissions are always visible. You can also easily deactivate API, delete application, or access settings directly from the app list. This is way more practical as it’s been moved from the nested navigation menu to a more accessible place.
Selecting the application from the Account Dashboard will take you to the Application Dashboard, where you can perform all actions related to the application structure and functionality.
Let’s focus on the dark sidebar menu on the left.
Sidebar menu now displays key app settings
‘Settings’ icon is now more accessible since it is no longer under ‘Modules’ menu – it’s now permanently displayed. Also, the search option is completely removed.
Account dashboard has a new name and icon
To get back to the Account dashboard, click on the ‘Apps’ link in the bottom of the menu. ‘Home’ icon on the top will get you to the Application dashboard home screen.
Three level navigation in Modules menu is replaced with two level navigation
Some of the third level menu settings are moved to the main screen tab menu. You’ll agree that two levels are enough to easily and seamlessly toggle between menu options.
Favorite item option is moved from the menu to the active screen and it’s easier to access
You can add modules - or part of them, eg. just ‘Comment replies’ from the ‘Articles’ module, to favorites - for easier access. To add the specific page to the favorites, go to the page and click on the little star icon in the top menu – or go to ‘Favorites’ on the left and click ‘Add page to favorites’.
All menu items have shortcut to create new content (eg. new profile, new article, new files etc.)
For example, if you want to create a new article, there’s no need to open the module and then use the ‘add’ option: you can just click on the ‘plus’ icon next to the module name.
New modules - user profiles, media vault, and files
The names of these modules are probably good indicators of their purpose, but we’ll talk about them in more details in the coming weeks.
Here is the main screen of the App dashboard:
Access any app from the drop-down menu
No need to go back to Account dashboard to access your other apps. Just click on the arrow in the top left corner of the main screen to open the drop-down menu and switch between apps.
All sections have quick control access with icons
Next to the module name, you’ll find Permissions, Settings, and Favorite icons - depending on module type.
Support for Article settings (Comments and Ratings, Subscriptions)
Now you can have Ratings, Comments, Comment replies and Subscribers for your articles. You can turn these on or off in the Article settings.
Application Settings screen updated with social login options
Now your users can log in to your app using Google, Facebook, Twitter or GitHub credentials.
That’s all for now, but please stay tuned for more news regarding the new Baasic modules mentioned above.