A fast UI Dashboard generator for PHP

1.2 2019-03-30 14:49 UTC


A minimalist dashboard /backend library for PHP

This library allows to create a fast dashboard with the basic features without any template and only using code. In the examples, we create a page for a dashboard in less than 80 lines of code ( examples/test.php )

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Example ( examples/test.php ):


Another example ( examples/test.php ):


Getting started

Install via composer

composer require eftec/dashone

Create a new object DashOne (you will need to add the required include, via autoload.php or manually)

$dash=new DashOne();

And you could render a page using the object of the class DashOne()

$dash=new DashOne();
$dash->head('Example - test 1'); // it is required
$dash->rawHtml('hello world'); 
$dash->footer(); // it is required
$dash->render(); // it renders an empty page



It is the main class that generates the dashboard.

$dash=new DashOne();

It is possible to add new elements using fluent interface (chain methods each one).

Example: It renders an empty page

$dash=new DashOne();

$dash->head('Example - test 1');

Example using fluent

$dash=new DashOne();
    ->head('Example - test 1');

Where the method head is required to render the < head > of the page.

The footer is also required to close all the tags.

And every chain of methods must end with the method render() (it draw the page).

// see examples/testuibasic.php
$dash=new DashOne();
$dash->head('Example - test 1')
	->menuUpper(['Upper title'])
	->menu($links) // left menu
	// here it goes the content


Method DashOne->head($title,$extrahtml)

It renders the head of the page. This element is required

$dash->head('Example - test 1');

Method DashOne->menuUpper($leftControls=[],$rightControls=[])

It renders the upper menu of the dashboard.

$dash->menuUpper([new ImageOne('https://via.placeholder.com/32x32')," - ",new LinkOne('Cocacola','#')]);


It renders an alert

new AlertOne($title,$content,$class);


$dash->alert("It is an alert","Content of the alert")


$dash->alert("It is an alert","Content of the alert","alert alert-danger")



It renders a button

new ButtonOne('button1','Click me','btn btn-primary');

You could use the method buttons (DashOne) to render a button (or buttons). The method has a second argument to determine if the buttons must be aligned or not with the form.

	new ButtonOne('button1','Click me','btn btn-primary'),
	new ButtonOne('button2','Click me too','btn btn-danger')

$dash->buttons($buttons,false) // where if true then buttons are aligned with the form






It renders a container where it is possible to add other elements (such as buttons)

new ContainerOne($html);


	$dash->container("<div class='form-group row'><div class='col-sm-10 offset-sm-2'>%control</div></div>")

The method container() but be followed by a visual method. This method is added inside the container (where it says %control)

Another example:

	$dash->container("<hr>%control<hr>")->rawHtml("hello world")



It renders a form. It requires a declarative array.

If it sets a definition, then it uses the definition to define the types of input objects (textbox,textarea,etc.)

If a field of the definition has an array then it is used to render a dropdownitem

If it doesn't have a definition then, it uses the values to define the types of input objects (textboxes,textareas,etc.)

You could also render a message (for example for warning or information) You could draw a form using an associative array. By default, every field will be a textbox


$dash->form($currentValue) // it's macro of new FormOne()


Or you could explicit the type of field


$dash->form($currentValue,$definition) // it's macro of new FormOne()



It draws a list (unsorted list)


$dash->ul($valueUL) // it's macro of new UlOne()



It draws a image

new ImageOne('https://via.placeholder.com/32x32');



It draws a hyperlink

The first value is the name of the link, the second is the address. And the third value (optional), it's a icon (using the classes of Font-Awesome)

new LinkOne('Cocacola','#','far fa-star') $dash->link('Cocacola','#','far fa-star')



it renders a table.


$dash->table($values)->...  // it must be called after the render


A basic page :

Any pages requires at least to call the head(), footer() and Render().

Render() draws the page so it must be called at the end of the chain.

For example, a basic page is as follow:

$dash=new DashOne();

$dash->head('Example - test 1');

An empty dashboard:

$dash=new DashOne();

$dash->head('Example - test 1');
$dash->menuUpper([new ImageOne('https://via.placeholder.com/32x32')," - ",new LinkOne('Cocacola','#')]);
	->startcontent() // start the container
		->menu($links) // left menu
		->startmain() // start the main container
			->title('Table of Products')


  • 1.2 2019-03-30 New changes.
  • 1.1 2019-03-17 Fixed some bugs
  • 1.0 2019-03-01 First Version.


Copyright Jorge Patricio Castro Castillo Dual License (LGPL v3 and Commercial License)

You could use in commercial / close source product or service while

In a nutshell (it is the license):

  • You must keep the copyright notices.
  • If you modify the library then you must share the changes and modifications.