35+ Stunning Admin templates – Create Professional Admin Areas

June 24, 2013 · 21 comments

by Lars

An admin template can be really useful and a true time saver in nearly any web application project where a powerful and user friendly admin area is needed.

While most web projects often focus primarily on the front-end functions and design, the value of investing time and effort on the admin pages should not be underestimated. The WordPress open source CMS is a good example of a very successful and popular web application that is known for its great usability and quick learning curve. With every major release, the admin area is improved, and it is great for the product.

A custom-made administration user interface usually cost a fortune and can be hard to afford for start-ups. There are some free template available but often the design and code quality is not at the desired quality level. However, you can get a high quality and good-looking admin template at a low cost. This will save you important time and costly designer bills. They usually come with a good range of features and typically multiple color variations. Some of them are responsive admin templates and they will work well for mobile web application projects as well!

In this article, I have collected some of the best admin templates available to get your web application project started.


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Responsive Admin Templates

Responsive design is a hot trend and for a good reason. If you follow the responive guidelines in your design and code your solution will work and look good on both computer screens and mobile devices. This is the future of web design!

Phoenix – Responsive Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Phoenix is a responsive admin template to help you quickly set up a cool admin area for your web applications

Phoenix is a responsive admin template to help you quickly set up a cool admin area for your web applications. The template is built with SASS and COMPASS and rely on the popular Twitters Bootstrap framework. There is a good array of useful jQuery plugins  included and customized to fit the needs of the design. The admin template features some custom pages like Login, Search, Mail, Error.

Ergo – Admin Minimalistic UI Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Ergo is a powerful and feature rich admin template with a minimalistic design

Ergo is a powerful and feature rich admin template with a minimalistic design. The template is fully responsive and support high-resolution retina ready images.

Shamcey Metro Style Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

With Shamcey you get a cool metro style admin template with a modern and minimalistic design

With Shamcey you get a cool metro style admin template with a modern and minimalistic design. The template is using Bootstrap for responsive layout and includes various  jQuery plugins for dynamic effects.

Crown – Premium Responsive Admin Theme - MORE INFO / DEMO

Check out the Crown admin theme. It is a responsive layout for modern admin areas with great support for visual data representation.

Check out the Crown admin theme. It is a responsive layout for modern admin areas with great support for visual data representation. It is useful for quickly setting up custom administration panels for backend system. With integrated charts and visual statistics, the Crown admin temapltes is a good companion for your next web application project.

Sangoma Bootstrap Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Sangoma is a cool bootstrap based admin template with tons of features

Sangoma is a cool bootstrap based admin template with tons of features. Sangoma use a modern flat design that fit well into most backends of web applications. It is resposnive and great for mobile focused projects.

Start – Metro UI Responsive Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Start, Admin templates

Start is a new responsive admin template based on the latest Windows 8 interface. This one, calledMetro UI, has its roots in the design principles of classic Swiss graphic design – minimal, bold, high contrast and flat colors are some of its great features.

Developr – Fully Responsive Admin Skin - MORE INFO / DEMO

developr-responsive-admin-template

Just released and really cool admin template! Building a web app for desktop and mobile devices? Developr is for you. Write your code once, and let it handle the magic of responsive webdesign. Developr Admin skin is a flexible responsive HTML5 /CSS3 template, built on the mobile-first principle and based on the solid fundations of HTML5 Boilerplate and 320andUp, which provides a rich set of styles and features for all your needs.

uAdmin – Responsive Admin Dashboard Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

This is the uAdmin responsive admin dashboard template for setting up a cool admin area

This is the uAdmin responsive admin dashboard template for setting up a cool admin area. It is built on top of the popular Bootstrap framework for responsive grids. The design in simple and flat.

Aquarius – responsive admin panel - MORE INFO / DEMO

Aquarius, admin templates

Aquarius is a clean and powerful ready to use responsive admin template, based on Bootstrap v2.2.1 and powered by jQuery. Aquarius template supporting all new browsers, which means it’s compatible with desktop and mobile devices.

Canvas Admin – Responsive admin template - MORE INFO / DEMO

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Canvas Admin is a premium, full featured, responsive admin template that helps you get your project started quickly and with ease. Included are 20+ sample pages showcasing the many layouts and widgets you have at your disposal such as: buttons, grid layout, google maps, tooltips, and much more.

Bird – Responsive Web App & Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Bird, admin templates

This is suitable for any user interface or administration panel, for any devices – from desktop to mobile devices. The Bird Admin Template will save you a lot of time in your development process. It is built on top of the famous Twitter Bootstrap framework and updated for using Sass (CSS preprocessor).

MoonCake – Responsive Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

MoonCake

This template is build on Bootstrap framework using HTML5 and CSS3. Its main focus is simplicity while providing the most commonly used elements and widgets on web apps across devices and browsers.

Dream Works Responsive Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

dream-works-responsive-admin-template

Dream Works is a a full featured responsive Admin Panel with custom plugins, widgets, forms, charts, galleries and much more.

Boo Admin – Responsive Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Boo, admin templates

Boo template is a flexible Twitter Bootstrap HTML5 template for backend, user interface or administration, both for desktop and mobile users. Built on the latest Twitter Bootstrap 2.2.1. Boo maintain native Bootstrap functionality, enriched of pleasing design and tons of new template features, makes it very powerful kit for rapid development.

Quick Admin – Responsive Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

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QuickAdmin is a template for a CMS or site back-end.Implemented using XHTML Strict and CSS3 enhancement brings a clean and easy to use interface. It comes with a variety of components, sample code and great icons to help you define your back-end.

ELITE – A Powerfull Responsive Admin Theme - MORE INFO / DEMO

elite-a-powerfull-responsive-admin-theme

Responsive design which can be flexible or fixed. It offers 4 different styles and plenty of plugins, making you able to customize your admin site to your needs.

Huraga Responsive Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Huraga, admin templates

Huraga is a beautifully minimalistic HTML5 template for any backend, user interface or administration, both for desktop and mobile users. Built on latest Twitter Bootstrap and powered with LESS , Huraga will save you hours in developing your project. Template is available in 4 default colors and packed with basic and popular user interface elements and widgets.

Organon Responsive Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Organon, admin templates

Organon is a dark Twitter Bootstrap HTML5 template for backend, user interface or administration, both for desktop and mobile users. Built on latest Twitter Bootstrap and powered with LESS, Organon responsive admin will save you hours in developing your project. Template is available in 5 default colors and packed with basic and popular user interface elements and widgets.

Traditional Admin Templates

Free Admin Template For Web Applications - MORE INFO / DEMO

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This is an admin template which you can use for web applications like

Free Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

free-admin-teamplate

A professional admin template ready to use in your personal and commerical projects free of charge.

White Label – a full featured Admin template - MORE INFO / DEMO

White Label, admin template

A full featured skinable CMS /Admin Panel with custom plugins, widgets, forms, validations, charts, galleries and much more.

Admin Control Panel Pro - MORE INFO / DEMO

Admin Control Panel Pro, admin template

This professional admin interface has been designed with not just style but also functionality in mind. Modern design coupled with jQuery powered features makes this admin template a winner. Well documented semantic code that’s w3c standards compliant makes editing an absolute breeze.

Admintasia-Powerful backend admin template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Admintasia, admin template

Admintasia is a complete backend administration user interface that has the flexibility to house any kind of application. It loads last, it’s intuitive and easy to use, it uses only three small images and it also looks good. This theme’s layout is very customizable. With the help of my helper CSS classes you can, for example divide the main content area into one big box and two small ones, or three smaller one, or two big ones. You want two notification boxes side by side? No problem, just add a css class and you’re done and this goes for allmost all elements. Everything is fluid. Also, there is an option in the sidebar from which can set a fixed page width.

Adminica | The Professional Admin Template - MORE INFO / DEMO

Adminica | The Professional Admin Template

Adminica is a cleanly coded, beautifully styled, easily customisable, cross-browser compatible Admin Template and Web Application Interface. It is packed full of features, allowing you unlimited combinations of layouts, controls and styles to ensure you have a trully unique app. Based on a fluid 960.gs grid, Adminica can scale itself automatically to fit whatever screen resolution the user has. The interface works perfectly all the way down to iPad and iPhone resolutions (Make sure you click on remove frame on the TF Live Preview to see iPhone scaling properly). If you prefer a fixed layout, Adminica has that too, 960px is the default width but you can set it to whatever you like and the interface will resize accordingly.

TERMINATOR – 13 different Admin Backend pages - MORE INFO / DEMO

TERMINATOR - 13 different Admin Backend pages

This Admin backend template has lot of features. It’s designed with “Storm Black / Aluminium” colors to make your backend cool. The template is touch screen ready, tested on iPad, iPhone and Android.

Author : Lars Vraa

Lars is passionate about web design, web development, SEO, social media and loves to look into new technologies, techniques, tools etc. and to write articles for tripwire magazine readers.

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Hos August 11, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Another premiume FLAT admin template:
FLATY – Premium Responsive Admin Template
http://themeforest.net/item/flaty-premium-responsive-admin-template/5247864

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Vikram Rout | Wordpress Development Company May 25, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Very good collection of css and html5. I like this article very much. Keep posting.

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dlysen May 25, 2013 at 3:13 am

How to use admin template? Can this be plugin into wordpress or joomla. Or it is just a template that you can develop at your own.

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John Lee May 15, 2013 at 11:35 am

Great selection.
For my next job i have to design the backend admin section for a app analytics company.
I looked at mixpanel, kontagent… just wondering:
1. Are there more good examples out there?
2. What makes a good backend design?
3. Are there more resources about back admin design where i can get some research from?

Hope you or anyone else can help out :)

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Marc April 10, 2013 at 12:16 am

A nice collection, but it seems just one free theme has found its way into this list, just to grab some people searching for free themes.

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Roy M J March 13, 2013 at 6:54 am

Awesome Collection.. Thank you so much for sharing…

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sawung December 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

good info,thank’s for shared

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deconia October 25, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Good One

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Kai October 21, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Good info!

Diseñador web

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Asher September 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Hi Lars,

Which admin panel has more features the Crown template or eziCMS
or UltraAdmin Full Control Panel

I would like to purchase one that has more options and functions and is compatible with iphone and ipad.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Regards,

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kilab September 5, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Please check my free admin template

;)

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Ben Major August 24, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Thanks for an insightful blog post. It’s often useful to see the screenshots on a page like this, rather than having to click through each one individually on ThemeForest.

You do have a broken link on the Canvas Admin demo and more info links though.

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Lars August 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Thanks Ben just fixed the links.

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Muhammad Usman August 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Please check this free admin template, you will love it, http://usman.it/free-responsive-admin-template/

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Victor Viana August 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Very good!

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Vaebris May 12, 2012 at 7:52 am

Check out Zice!

It’s one of my favorites. I’m not any way affiliated with them, but I’m in love with that design.

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Douglas W. P. March 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Está sendo muito útil na escolha do meu prox painel :D

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Douglas W. P. March 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Ótimo post.

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Jesús August 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

great news, it is nice, thx.

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35net July 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

goodgoodgood

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