May 9, 2014

Dash – Custom Dashboards

The problem with many dashboard applications is that they can’t be customized to fit the unique needs of individual users. For example, one business might love to have its server status displayed on a digital dashboard, while another company might see that tool as completely unnecessary. Dash is a real-time dashboard application that puts its users in the driver’s seat, giving businesses a way to create their own dashboards on freeform canvases.

Before you can create a dashboard from scratch, it’s a good idea to see what’s possible. Explore the other dashboards people have created with Dash, filtering your results by popularity, industry, or keyword. Once you’ve got some ideas in mind, head back to Dash’s dashboard builder and start adding widgets that will connect to popular services or custom data sources. Add Twitter updates, news alerts, and weather information to your dashboard, and integrate website monitoring tools like Google Analytics and Chartbeat. Because it’s your dashboard, you retain complete control over how the dashboard looks and functions. You can even create custom data feeds that display real-time data from spreadsheets in Dropbox.

Dash gives you the option to make your dashboard public or to keep it completely private. As a business user, you even have the option to make your dashboard available only to selected users within your organization.

Practical Uses:

  • Create a central place for employees to check for company updates
  • See how your website is running each day
  • Publicly post a dashboard to give readers more insight into your publication
  • Add social media widgets and news updates to your personal dashboard

Insider Tips:

  • Embed a small webpage as a widget on your dashboard
  • Stream specific words or phrases from Twitter into your dashboard
  • Set advanced permissions to manage which employees can view a company dashboard
  • Dash uses IFRAME to display embedded webpages

What we liked:

  • Dash gives people a way to see all of their most important data in one place
  • People can use DIY widgets to display custom data sets on their dashboards
  • Users can make their dashboards as public or private as they want
  • Dashboards automatically adjust based on the size of the screen

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:


  • Free
  • Business accounts cost $795 per year

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