For most contemporary, Mobile Apps and web-applications, the administration interface has become a critical part of the product/application management. This web-based interface is typically restricted to trusted admins and isn’t accessible by guests and customers of any sort. That enables administrations to perform CRUD operations (creation, reading, updating, and deletion of the model content) and yield fairly productive results and performance for their websites.
Though the administration interface has plenty of functionality, there’s one problem — they are very time-consuming and boring to create. The development seems fun when you build end-user facing functionality, however, developing and implementing administration interfaces is an entirely different story. From authenticating users and validating input to displaying and handling forms — it’s always the same, to say that practices are inherently monotonous and repetitive. Back4App is taking a straightforward approach to putting a stop to this rote operation and doing it all for making the developers’ life easier! There’s a lot more to this feature, and this blog post will address the full capabilities of this amazing interface, so let’s get down to business:
A Quick Overview
With Back4App, users get a real-time administration interface for their models without touching the code. By reading metadata from your database productions, Back4App provides you with a model-centric, user-friendly interface that offers time-saving database management capabilities and streamlines various routine tasks. This management system practically is an all point-and-click tool that allows you to retrieve and store data from your app database.
Admin App is a web browser-based tool designed to manage the app data using a non-tech user interface.
Depending on a company’s structure, different people may be handling the sheer number of configurations and controlling different aspects of the app or web-application. Since non-tech-savvy individuals might not be familiar with the backend development, they will find the backend UI to be too intimidating and confusing. Tell a non-tech user to perform a deletion operation on a database resource, and the next thing you know that both your code and website are full of errors.
The scope of Back4App’s Admin App is geared toward the non-tech-savvy individuals who don’t have technical knowledge of the underlying backend or database system and consider the Parse Dashboard to be too techy. This system is a point-and-click interface that makes the admin area simpler and easier to use for non-tech-savvies so they can automagically do everything they were actually trying to avoid before.
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A custom data management tool
Parse Dashboard surely is a great option to manage your data, but sometimes, users require access only to a specific set of tables/groups and need to view and manipulate a forest of content on database resources. Using Back4App’s Admin App you can choose which tables you want to show to your end-admin-user and also change the class name label and class fields labels you want to show on Admin App. The end-admin-user will have a total custom experience to manage only the data he supposed to manipulate.
The admin app allows enterprises to improve their operational functionalities, develop internal systems, and drive the effectiveness of data environments in the quickest, and easy way. It provides you with a single view for administrating database access, classes & user profiles and centralizing reports just with a single sign in. With the interface, even a user with no prior programming experience can perform significant business operations and gather critical information efficiently for both external and internal customers.
How to enable it?
Setting up the admin app for your App is extremely easy and takes just a few moments. The following steps will efficiently walk you through the process to enable this constructive interface.
Step #1: To enable the Admin App, go to your App Main Dashboard and navigate to the Admin menu then click over the Enable Admin App button.
NOTE: When enabled, Back4App will automatically create in your app’s schema a role called B4aAdminUser and the following classes: B4aSetting, B4aMenuItem, and B4aCustomField.
Step #2: To configure the Admin App feature and activate it, you need to create a first Admin user using a name and password. After entering all information required, press the ‘Next’ button.
Step #3: Now you need to choose a subdomain name to your web app address and then hit the ‘Next’ button.
Step #4: And with that, your easy-to-use administration interface is successfully activated. You can use the domain app URL to find and access reports rapidly and also share your admin app with trusted users.
Step #5: Afterward, you will see the Admin App login page on your screen. Log in to your account by entering the administration login details (username and password) used to create an admin user in steps 2 of this tutorial.
Step #6: And with that, you will be redirected to your administration homepage. It’s all done, and now the Admin App is accessible to leverage.
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Originally published at https://blog.back4app.com on February 19, 2019.