An admin panel is a simple application, which allows users to manipulate databases from a front-end interface. This gives users the ability to carry out admin tasks, without needing the skills to edit databases manually.
Admin panels can be deployed as a standalone app, to manage key business information, such as customer, membership, or inventory databases. Alternatively, admin panels can be used to manage users or other datasets within existing apps.
For example, most retailers have an inventory database, which is automatically updated when a customer makes a purchase. They might then use an admin panel to manually alter this database, when stock is lost, damaged, or removed.
Building a simple admin panel in 4 steps
1. Connect to databases
Manipulate existing datasets, or use our internal database. Budibase offers full support for MySQL, Postgresql, CouchDB, MongoDB, Airtable, and more.
2. Design your admin panel
With the Budibase low-code editor, designing intuitive admin portals is a breeze. Use in-app theming to build beautiful panels in minutes.
3. Automate manual processes
Budibase includes a library of in-app automations to query, add, remove, and edit data. Use Zapier, Webhooks, and more to trigger automations in third-party apps.
4. Scale with grow
Budibase is built for scalability. Add users, functionality, and extra data fields, totally free of charge.
Why do companies use admin panels?
Admin panels are crucial for modern organizations. More than ever, businesses rely on up-to-date data for decision-making. Admin panels allow non-technical users to update and amend databases, in seconds.
Users with the technical skills to update databases directly also benefit from effective admin panels, through improved workflows, and automated tasks. No matter what kind of data your business handles, admin panels are the most efficient way to manage database entries.
Do you need a standalone admin panel to manage business data, or to improve administrative functions in an existing app? Budibase is the cost-effective way to build business tools.
Powerful yet simple admin panels from Budibase
With our intuitive low-code
platform you can create deployable admin panels in minutes.
Create beautiful, multi-screen admin panels to manage a range of tasks.
Use permissions to control what information and functions users can access.
Set conditions to display different design elements and fields.
Admin panel design
Choose from a number of beautiful admin themes, and customize them as you see fit.
Budibase offers a fully accessible user experience.
Responsive user interface
Create simple admin panels that look great on all screens and devices.
Add your SMTP credentials and trigger automated emails from in-app actions.
SSO is free and unlimited for all Budibase users.
Even simple admin panels can be packed with functionality. Budibase is the most cost-effective and efficient way to deploy apps for streamlining admin workflows.
Deploy your admin panel
Budibase gives you the power to deploy admin panels on your own servers, our managed infrastructure, or with Budibase Cloud. Use admin panels as web apps, or as a user-friendly internal tool.
Host with Budibase and let us manage everything for you - easiest and quickest way.
Deploy Budibase to your own infrastructure using Docker and Docker Compose.
Use the Budibase helm chart to deploy Budibase directly into your Kubernetes cluster.
The simplest and quickest way to self-host Budibase on your own infrastructure - 1 click install.
Free admin panel templates
Explore our favourite free admin panel templates. With Budibase's intuitive low-code platform, you can customize your design in just a few clicks.
Admin panels that perfectly integrate and improve operations
Why build an admin panel?
We’re biased, but we think Budibase is the most effective way to create an admin panel. Off-the-shelf solutions often limit functionality, lock users into their own ecosystem, or charge hidden fees.
Allow coworkers access to information
Allow coworkers to safely update data
Eliminating manual admin tasks
Automate manual processes
More and more often, large software providers charge a per-user subscription fee. As your business grows, this can turn into a substantial cost. Proprietary admin panels also make it difficult to add functionality or change how your app is hosted. In most cases, this means that building a custom admin panel is the better option.
Admin panel use cases
Admin panels have a wide range of applications. With integrations and automations, a simple admin panel can be used for everything from order management, to internal business operations.
Both internal and client-facing admin panels are deployed by modern businesses across all sectors.
Admin panels also integrate effectively with other kinds of business apps, including forms, portals, and approval management systems.
B2B admin panels
B2B admin panels are an effective way to save clients valuable time. Admin panels are an easy way for customers to manage their accounts, update their payment details, or alter regular orders.
B2C admin panels
B2C admin panels allow customers to edit accounts and personalize their experiences across all kinds of channels and apps. The most obvious examples of this are in the ecommerce space.
Internal admin panels
Internal admin panels are used to manage organizational data. For example, admin panels are often used by HR departments to allow employees to update or amend their personal details.
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