Ever since EE 1.x I have been hoping for the ability to customize the EE dashboard (or ‘CP home’ as it’s called). We see this capability in a lot of content management systems today, typically through the implementation of widgets or some other form of add-on. Developers have the ability to add specific functionality in the form of mini-apps or widgets that users can add/remove from their respective dashboards. Unfortunately this capability has never been a priority for EE and we have been left with sending our users to the system default.
The idea behind dashEE is to create a completely customizable EE dashboard where users can choose the kind of information they want to see and developers can add custom functionality through the development of widgets. dashEE allows developers to create custom widgets that can be installed by themselves or that can be packaged with your custom modules. Once uploaded to the server they are available for users to add to their dashboards and drag-n-drop in any order/configuration they wish. Check out the short video below to see it in action.
dashEE is available for download completely free and open source. Check out the links on the right for installation instructions and documentation for creating your own dashEE widgets. I’m looking forward to seeing some really cool third-party widgets. Give it a try and let me know what you think.