Dark Sidebar Menus with White Icons and Text

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Dark Sidebar Menus with White Icons and Text

This week a friend commented to me that too many user interfaces look like WordPress.

That's crazy talk, I thought, until I started Googling around. Almost every open source project I looked at seemed to use a dark sidebar menu with white icons and text. WordPress didn't start this design pattern, but they certainly popularized it.

Here are some of the admin area design for about 20 non-WordPress open source projects.

Magento

magento2

OpenCart

opencart"

Prestashop

prestashop

October CMS

prestashop

Sylius

sylius

Tuleap

Tuleap

Subrion

subrion

AdminLTE

AdminLTE

Grav

grav

Lara

lara

Dungeon

dungeon

Mura

muracms

CouchCMS

CouchCMS

Perfecto

Perfecto

Orchard

Orchard

UI CMS

UI CMS

Mezzanine

Mezzanine

Over to you

I'm not doing this to pick on any of the platforms listed here, so much as to say that open source UI seems to be stuck in a rut.

If you know of any examples of fresh or creative admin interfaces, please let me know in the comments.


About the author

Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.