Chapter 10 - Laravel Dashboard Templating using Blade Files

Welcome to the 10th chapter of Being an Artisanary. In this chapter, we'll show how to template a dashboard in a smart way. So if you already complete the previous chapters/sections, then you're good to go, if not my recommendation would be please complete the previous chapters. Because we'll use the same old repository that we use in Chapter 4.

 

Note: Tested on Laravel 10.0

Dashboard Templating

So first of all, we'll use the Admin LTE dashboard for our series, and here is which is based on Bootstrap-4. First of all, remove the alert from demo.js. And then for starting templating, we need to create some blade files where we gonna store our stylesheets link, script links, and other page content as well. So, let's create the following blade files under backend/layouts

  1. base.blade.php - Here we'll keep our cdn scripts and stylesheet links files
  2. header.blade.php - Here we'll keep our header part html contents
  3. sidebar.blade.php - Here we'll keep our sidebar html contents
  4. footer.blade.php - Here we'll keep our footer html contents
  5. master.blade.php - And her we'll organize all our blade components into one. So, that later we can work by only extending this blade file.

 So, let's see the code snippets of all blade files one by one

resources/views/backend/layouts/base.blade.php

base.blade.php
	<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
    <title>@yield('title') | Artisanary</title> //by this we can dynamic the page title 

    <!-- Google Font: Source Sans Pro -->
    <link rel="stylesheet"
          href="https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Source+Sans+Pro:300,400,400i,700&display=fallback">
    <!-- Font Awesome -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ asset('assets/backend/css/all.min.css') }}">
    <!-- JQVMap -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ asset('assets/backend/css/jqvmap.min.css') }}">
    <!-- Theme style -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ asset('assets/backend/css/adminlte.min.css') }}">
    <!-- overlayScrollbars -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ asset('assets/backend/css/OverlayScrollbars.min.css') }}">
    <!-- summernote -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ asset('assets/backend/css/summernote-bs4.min.css') }}">
</head>
<body class="hold-transition sidebar-mini layout-fixed {{ request()->routeIs('login') ? 'login-page' : '' }}">

@yield('base.content')
<script src="{{ asset('assets/backend/js/jquery.min.js') }}"></script>
<!-- jQuery UI 1.11.4 -->
<script src="{{ asset('assets/backend/js/jquery-ui.min.js') }}"></script>
<!-- Resolve conflict in jQuery UI tooltip with Bootstrap tooltip -->
<script>
    $.widget.bridge('uibutton', $.ui.button)
</script>
<!-- Bootstrap 4 -->
<script src="{{ asset('assets/backend/js/bootstrap.bundle.min.js') }}"></script>

<!-- JQVMap -->
<script src="{{ asset('assets/backend/js/jquery.vmap.min.js') }}"></script>

<!-- Summernote -->
<script src="{{ asset('assets/backend/js/summernote-bs4.min.js') }}"></script>
<!-- overlayScrollbars -->
<script src="{{ asset('assets/backend/js/jquery.overlayScrollbars.min.js') }}"></script>
<!-- AdminLTE App -->
<script src="{{ asset('assets/backend/js/adminlte.js') }}"></script>
<!-- AdminLTE for demo purposes -->
<script src="{{ asset('assets/backend/js/demo.js') }}"></script>
</body>
</html>

resources/views/backend/layouts/footer.blade.php

footer.blade.php

<footer class="main-footer">
    <strong>Copyright &copy; 2014-2021 <a href="https://adminlte.io">AdminLTE.io</a>.</strong>
    All rights reserved.
    <div class="float-right d-none d-sm-inline-block">
        <b>Version</b> 3.2.0
    </div>
</footer>

resources/views/backend/layouts/header.blade.php

header.blade.php
<nav class="main-header navbar navbar-expand navbar-white navbar-light">
    <!-- Left navbar links -->
    <ul class="navbar-nav">
        <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" data-widget="pushmenu" href="#" role="button"><i class="fas fa-bars"></i></a>
        </li>
    </ul>

    <!-- Right navbar links -->
    <ul class="navbar-nav ml-auto">
        <!-- Navbar Search -->
        <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" data-widget="navbar-search" href="#" role="button">
                <i class="fas fa-search"></i>
            </a>
            <div class="navbar-search-block">
                <form class="form-inline">
                    <div class="input-group input-group-sm">
                        <input class="form-control form-control-navbar" type="search" placeholder="Search" aria-label="Search">
                        <div class="input-group-append">
                            <button class="btn btn-navbar" type="submit">
                                <i class="fas fa-search"></i>
                            </button>
                            <button class="btn btn-navbar" type="button" data-widget="navbar-search">
                                <i class="fas fa-times"></i>
                            </button>
                        </div>
                    </div>
                </form>
            </div>
        </li>
        <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" data-widget="fullscreen" href="#" role="button">
                <i class="fas fa-expand-arrows-alt"></i>
            </a>
        </li>
        <li class="nav-item">
            <a class="nav-link" data-widget="control-sidebar" data-controlsidebar-slide="true" href="#" role="button">
                <i class="fas fa-th-large"></i>
            </a>
        </li>
    </ul>
</nav>

resources/views/backend/layouts/sidebar.blade.php

sidebar.blade.php
<aside class="main-sidebar sidebar-dark-primary elevation-4">
    <!-- Brand Logo -->
    <a href="index3.html" class="brand-link">
        <img src="{{ asset('assets/backend/img/AdminLTELogo.png') }}" alt="AdminLTE Logo" class="brand-image img-circle elevation-3" style="opacity: .8">
        <span class="brand-text font-weight-light">AdminLTE 3</span>
    </a>

    <!-- Sidebar -->
    <div class="sidebar">
        <!-- Sidebar user panel (optional) -->
        <div class="user-panel mt-3 pb-3 mb-3 d-flex">
            <div class="image">
                <img src="{{ asset('assets/backend/img/user2-160x160.jpg')}}" class="img-circle elevation-2" alt="User Image">
            </div>
            <div class="info">
                <a href="#" class="d-block">Alexander Pierce</a>
            </div>
        </div>

        <!-- SidebarSearch Form -->
        <div class="form-inline">
            <div class="input-group" data-widget="sidebar-search">
                <input class="form-control form-control-sidebar" type="search" placeholder="Search" aria-label="Search">
                <div class="input-group-append">
                    <button class="btn btn-sidebar">
                        <i class="fas fa-search fa-fw"></i>
                    </button>
                </div>
            </div>
        </div>

        <!-- Sidebar Menu -->
        <nav class="mt-2">
            <ul class="nav nav-pills nav-sidebar flex-column" data-widget="treeview" role="menu" data-accordion="false">
                <li class="nav-item">
                    <a href="pages/gallery.html" class="nav-link">
                        <i class="nav-icon fas fa-tachometer-alt"></i>
                        <p>
                            Dashboard
                        </p>
                    </a>
                </li>
                <li class="nav-item menu-open">
                    <a href="#" class="nav-link active">
                        <i class="nav-icon fas fa-blog"></i>
                        <p>
                            Blog
                            <i class="right fas fa-angle-left"></i>
                        </p>
                    </a>
                    <ul class="nav nav-treeview">
                        <li class="nav-item">
                            <a href="./index.html" class="nav-link active">
                                <i class="fa fa-list nav-icon"></i>
                                <p>All Blogs</p>
                            </a>
                        </li>
                        <li class="nav-item">
                            <a href="./index.html" class="nav-link">
                                <i class="fas fa-blog nav-icon"></i>
                                <p>Create Blogs</p>
                            </a>
                        </li>
                    </ul>
                </li>
                <li class="nav-item">
                    <a href="pages/gallery.html" class="nav-link">
                        <i class="nav-icon fas fa-user"></i>
                        <p>
                            Roles
                        </p>
                    </a>
                </li>
            </ul>
        </nav>
        <!-- /.sidebar-menu -->
    </div>
    <!-- /.sidebar -->
</aside>

resources/views/backend/layouts/master.blade.php

master.blade.php
@extends('backend.layouts.base')
@section('base.content')
    <div class="wrapper">

        <!-- Preloader -->
        <div class="preloader flex-column justify-content-center align-items-center">
           	<img class="animation__shake" src="{{ asset('assets/backend/img/AdminLTELogo.png') }}" alt="AdminLTELogo" height="60" width="60">
        </div>
        @include('backend.layouts.header')
        @include('backend.layouts.sidebar')
        <div class="content-wrapper">
            @yield('content')
        </div>
        @include('backend.layouts.footer')
        <aside class="control-sidebar control-sidebar-dark">
            <!-- Control sidebar content goes here -->
        </aside>
        <!-- /.control-sidebar -->
    </div>
@endsection

And if you notice, our master blade now looks like the original HTML content. And now we can use it easily by extending it on each and every page.

Now we'll replace the dashboard content

resources/views/dashboard.blade.php

dashboard.blade.php
@extends('backend.layouts.master')
@section('title',__('Dashboard'))
@section('content')
    <div class="content-header">
        <div class="container-fluid">
            <div class="row mb-2">
                <div class="col-sm-6">
                    <h1 class="m-0">Dashboard</h1>
                </div><!-- /.col -->
                <div class="col-sm-6">
                    <ol class="breadcrumb float-sm-right">
                        <li class="breadcrumb-item"><a href="#">Home</a></li>
                        <li class="breadcrumb-item active">Dashboard</li>
                    </ol>
                </div><!-- /.col -->
            </div><!-- /.row -->
        </div><!-- /.container-fluid -->
    </div>
    <!-- /.content-header -->

    <!-- Main content -->
    <section class="content">
        <div class="container-fluid">
            <!-- Small boxes (Stat box) -->
            <div class="row">
                <div class="col-lg-3 col-6">
                    <!-- small box -->
                    <div class="small-box bg-info">
                        <div class="inner">
                            <h3>150</h3>

                            <p>New Orders</p>
                        </div>
                        <div class="icon">
                            <i class="ion ion-bag"></i>
                        </div>
                        <a href="#" class="small-box-footer">More info <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i></a>
                    </div>
                </div>
                <!-- ./col -->
                <div class="col-lg-3 col-6">
                    <!-- small box -->
                    <div class="small-box bg-success">
                        <div class="inner">
                            <h3>53<sup style="font-size: 20px">%</sup></h3>

                            <p>Bounce Rate</p>
                        </div>
                        <div class="icon">
                            <i class="ion ion-stats-bars"></i>
                        </div>
                        <a href="#" class="small-box-footer">More info <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i></a>
                    </div>
                </div>
                <!-- ./col -->
                <div class="col-lg-3 col-6">
                    <!-- small box -->
                    <div class="small-box bg-warning">
                        <div class="inner">
                            <h3>44</h3>

                            <p>User Registrations</p>
                        </div>
                        <div class="icon">
                            <i class="ion ion-person-add"></i>
                        </div>
                        <a href="#" class="small-box-footer">More info <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i></a>
                    </div>
                </div>
                <!-- ./col -->
                <div class="col-lg-3 col-6">
                    <!-- small box -->
                    <div class="small-box bg-danger">
                        <div class="inner">
                            <h3>65</h3>

                            <p>Unique Visitors</p>
                        </div>
                        <div class="icon">
                            <i class="ion ion-pie-graph"></i>
                        </div>
                        <a href="#" class="small-box-footer">More info <i class="fas fa-arrow-circle-right"></i></a>
                    </div>
                </div>
                <!-- ./col -->
            </div>
        </div>
    </section>
@endsection