3 Simple Steps to Build Custom Dashboards With Hubler

August 31, 2022
Alok Suman

Ever since no-code and low-code development platforms came around, they have been widely accepted into the day-to-day operations of businesses.

Given that 82% of organizations cannot hire or retain the necessary software engineers they need, the next best alternative is an easy-to-use, no-code platform like Hubler.

Hubler allows the development of applications and dashboards from scratch without knowing any code at all. The interface involves using familiar attributes (like dragging and dropping widgets) to create full-fledged and functional software – and that is all it takes!

In this blog, let’s understand how you can build a custom dashboard on Hubler from scratch.

Building a Custom No-Code Dashboard with Hubler

Any product is only as good as the planning that goes into creating it. To build dashboards that truly resonate with your needs, you need to begin by bringing in all the employees who would be using that dashboard and plan exhaustively.

With Hubler, you can create a custom dashboard in three simple steps:

  • Plan and design the dashboard
  • Establish the data sources and architecture of the dashboard
  • Begin building with Hubler’s tools and features

Let’s break these down to the last detail.

1. Planning and Design

You don’t want to be working with a bunch of widgets randomly put together on an interface, right?

Planning and designing your dashboard in advance, with all the users contributing their ideas to make it more usable, is the essential first step.

Ask a few key questions to visualize your design:

  • What information do you want to see on the dash home?
  • Which type of data visualization makes the most sense for the insights you prioritize? For example, bar graphs make more sense for timeline-based data, whereas pie charts make more sense for comparative analyses.

Gathering the necessary ideas and information will help you create a dashboard that is optimized for performance according to the device it is loaded on. It enables you to deliver a clean, intuitive UI that immediately provides the required information.

You can create an adaptive dashboard that responds to each dataset with the best visualizations possible for it.

Your designers can sketch out a wireframe for the ideal dashboard you wish to create on Hubler. Keep in mind that you need to design a wireframe for each page that the buttons in your dashboard lead to. Consider it like designing a website from scratch.

Let this wireframe act as a guide for building a user interface that anyone in your organization can understand.

2. Data Sources and Architecture

The second step in building a dashboard with Hubler involves establishing the data source from where your dashboard will pull the information it displays. Hubler allows integrations with various ERPs through API or custom connectors (which you can also build using Hubler).

After connecting your data source to the dashboard, you now need to populate the dimensions with the data you wish to show.

For example, to display the total number of assets, Hubler lets you select the widget type and add it to the wireframe.

[Source: Drive link shared by client]

Hubler has a variety of data types and fields (you can also specify your own) that you can use to determine the architecture of your dashboard. The final data structure will draw from the fields you choose to display on the dashboard.

This step is the most critical one in building your dashboard using Hubler because you are selecting the data you want to see. It works with the structure of the data you pick and automatically assigns a suitable view to it, depending on what it is.

For example, a Monthly Report dashboard structure will include different fields and dimensions than a Sales Forecast dashboard.

3. Building Your Dashboard on Hubler

The final step is to plan a stunning visualization for the structured data waiting to be displayed. Consider asking yourself the following questions:

  • Which dataset would you like to populate the central space with?
  • Is there a need for dynamic content on the dashboard?

You will need the help of a UI designer to finally create an intuitive layout for the data visualizations. Hubler helps you with various inbuilt plugins that automatically understand the type of data and populate relevant bar charts, scatterplots, etc., for a simpler setup.

If you want to make changes to how the information is presented, you can do that easily by modifying the visuals yourself.

You can also take the help of Hubler’s support resources or professionals to help you attach your data to the planned UI on the dashboard.

When everything is ready, you can do a test run by launching your dashboard and monitoring its performance. It is understandable to perform a few iterations before the final dashboard is ready to be deployed across your enterprise.

Summing Up

No-code platforms have made it easy as a breeze to build custom solutions to simplify internal processes and workflows.

Hubler is one of the leading no-code platforms that can do so much more than just help you create excellent dashboards. With Hubler, you can create complex software to help you accelerate your journey to growth. To know more, visit Hubler.

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