Creating a Custom Dashboard

A guide to creating a custom dashboard in Umbraco

Overview

This guide takes you through the steps to set up a Custom Dashboard in Umbraco.

The steps we will go through in part one are:

What is a Dashboard?

A Dashboard is a tab on the right-hand side of a section eg. the Getting Started dashboard in the Content section:

Why provide a Custom Dashboard for your editors?

It is generally considered good practice to provide a custom dashboard to welcome your editors to the backoffice of your site. You can provide information about the site and/or provide a helpful gateway to common functionality the editors will use.

This guide will show the basics of creating a custom 'Welcome Message' dashboard. The guide will also show how you can go a little further to provide interaction using Lit and Typescript.

The finished dashboard will give the editors an overview of which pages and media files they've worked on most recently.

This tutorial uses Typescript and Lit with Umbraco, It is expected that your package is already set up to use Typescript and Lit.

To see how to set up an extension in Umbraco using Typescript and Lit, read the article Creating your first extension.

Resources

This tutorial will not go in-depth on how Typescript and Lit work. To learn about Typescript and Lit, you can find their documentation below:

There are a lot of parallels with Creating a Property Editor. The tutorial 'Creating a Property Editor Tutorial' is worth a read too.

The end result

At the end of this guide, we will have a friendly welcoming dashboard displaying a list of the most recent site logs.

At each step, you will find a dropdown for welcome-dashboard.element.ts, and umbraco-package.jsonto confirm your placement for code snippets.

Setting up a package

  1. Follow the Vite Package Setup by creating a new project folder called "welcome-dashboard" in App_Plugins.

  2. Create a manifest file named umbraco-package.json at the root of the welcome-dashboard folder. Here we define and configure our dashboard.

  3. Add the following code to umbraco-package.json:

umbraco-package.json
{
  "$schema": "../../umbraco-package-schema.json",
  "name": "My.WelcomePackage",
  "version": "0.1.0",
  "extensions": [
    {
      "type": "dashboard",
      "alias": "my.welcome.dashboard",
      "name": "My Welcome Dashboard",
      "element": "/App_Plugins/welcome-dashboard/dist/welcome-dashboard.js",
      "elementName": "my-welcome-dashboard",
      "weight": -1,
      "meta": {
        "label": "Welcome Dashboard",
        "pathname": "welcome-dashboard"
      },
      "conditions": [
        {
          "alias": "Umb.Condition.SectionAlias",
          "match": "Umb.Section.Content"
        }
      ]
    }
  ]
}

For more information about the umbraco-package.json file, read the article Package Manifest. For more information about the dashboard configurations read the Dashboards article.

Please be aware that the fileumbraco-package.json is loaded into memory when Umbraco starts up. If you are changing or adding new configurations you will need to start and stop your application for it to be loaded.

Creating the Dashboard Web Component

Now let's create the web component we need for our property editor. This web component contains all our HTML, CSS, and logic.

  1. Create a file in the src folder with the name welcome-dashboard.element.ts

  2. In this new file, add the following code:

welcome-dashboard.element.ts
import { LitElement, css, html, customElement} from "@umbraco-cms/backoffice/external/lit";
import { UmbElementMixin } from "@umbraco-cms/backoffice/element-api";

@customElement('my-welcome-dashboard')
export class MyWelcomeDashboardElement extends UmbElementMixin(LitElement) {

  render() {
    return html`
      <h1>Welcome Dashboard</h1>
      <div>
        <p>
          This is the Backoffice. From here, you can modify the content,
          media, and settings of your website.
        </p>
        <p>© Sample Company 20XX</p>
      </div>
    `;
  }

  static styles = [
    css`
      :host {
        display: block;
        padding: 24px;
      }
    `,
  ];
}

export default MyWelcomeDashboardElement;

declare global {
  interface HTMLElementTagNameMap {
    'my-welcome-dashboard': MyWelcomeDashboardElement;
  }
}
  1. In the vite.config.ts file replace the entry to our newly created .ts file:

entry: "src/welcome-dashboard.element.ts"
  1. In the welcome-dashboard folder run npm run build and then run the project. Then in the content section of the Backoffice you will see our new dashboard:

Going Further

With all the steps completed, you should have a dashboard welcoming your users to the Backoffice.

In the next part, we will look into how to add localization to the dashboard using our own custom translations.

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