The dashboard designer allows you to configure and edit the layout of the tiles on the page. The dashboard designer works in the same way whether you are designing a dashboard or a perspective, but before you start you may find it helpful to understand which is best suited to your needs: How to create a dashboard and How to create a perspective.
The dashboard designer has been significantly improved in version 5, and we recommend that everyone upgrades to the latest version. In v5 it is possible to create tile layouts that were only possible by editing the page JSON in older SquaredUp versions.
The dashboard is saved as you go along so there's no need to save your changes. You can find your draft dashboard by clicking on the right-hand menu ☰ > system > unpublished. Your draft dashboard is not visible to anyone other than you until you publish it.
You can toggle between Edit mode and View mode by clicking the edit this dashboard button at the top right.
This article covers:
- Dashboard layout
- Publishing your dashboard
- Walkthrough: Creating a more complex dashboard
You might like to watch this 2 minute introduction to the dashboard designer:
Select a template
When you create a new dashboard or perspective you will be asked to select a template:
This instantly gets you started with preconfigured layout that you can change as you require.
It's worth remembering that tile sizes will change slightly depending on the tiles you configure, and some tiles, such as Status and Resources Matrix, can dynamically show more or less resources. For example, the list of virtual machines may be longer one day than another. If you're aware that one tile may expand or contract you might not want to put another tile beneath this one, instead you could add tiles to the other columns. See How can I control the size of tiles?
So you might choose the Three tiles template:
Add new tile
You can add a new tile to any column:
You can add a new column to the left or right of any existing column:
Tiles added in a column are aligned by their left hand edge. Adding a row will allow you to align the tops of the topmost tiles in the columns in that row (see below):
Hovering between columns shows the resizing arrow. You can drag the column to any width or snap to the 25%, 33%, 50%, 66% or 75% lines.
Note: Hold down the shift key while resizing to stop the column snapping to the preset widths.
Insert new row
You can add a row before or after any existing row.
Tiles can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the dashboard. Hover over a white area at the top of the tile and you will see the 4-arrow movement cursor:
Hold the left mouse button down and drag the tile around the dashboard. A thumbnail of the tile is shown so you can more easily see a grey area indicating where the tile can be dropped.
You can drag it to the top or bottom of the dashboard to create a new row, but you'll need to create a new column before dragging if you want the tile to be added to a new column.
Individual tiles can be deleted using the Delete tile button at the top right of the tile:
There is no option to delete a whole row or column, instead you should delete or move individual tiles until the row or column is empty and is automatically removed.
When the last tile on a dashboard or perspective it removed the select a template option is shown.
The Split tile button splits one tile into two tiles. This is different to adding a column, and is more like creating nested columns within the existing column.
The benefit of using split tile is that you can add a tile below the split tiles that spans the width of both. To add a tile above the split tiles, first add a full width tile below them, then drag it up to position it above them.
The animation below shows how the split tile option can be used with add column and add tile:
See the step-by-step walkthrough below for how to create a more complex dashboard.
After adding a split tile you can add further columns by using the add column button (rather than splitting again).
Cloning a tile copies the tiles configuration and creates a clone of that tile below the existing tile. You can then edit the tile configuration as required.
Edit tile & Configure tile
The cog or Edit tile button takes you into the configuration settings for the tile.
For more information about how to configure each tile type see the list of tile articles here:
Publishing your dashboard
The dashboard is saved as you go along so there's no need to save your changes. You can find your dashboard by clicking on the right-hand menu ☰ > system > unpublished.
Your draft dashboard is not visible to anyone other than you until you publish it.
Clicking publish will make the dashboard visible to others on the menu where you created it. Discard will delete your draft dashboard.
For more information about the other buttons at the top of the dashboard see:
Walkthrough: Creating a dashboard using split tile and drag and drop
In this walkthrough we're going to create a more complex dashboard using the split functionality and dashboard designer tools new to v5. We recommend you configure the tiles before creating too complicated a layout, because tiles do change size when showing data.
- In SquaredUp navigate to where you'd like the dashboard to be created. Hover over the + button and click dashboard.
This image shows creating a dashboard at the top level of the navigation bar:
Or you might prefer to navigate to a subfolder and create the new dashboard there:
Give the dashboard a title, by replacing the text that says New Dashboard.
- Click on the Two tiles template:
- First we are going to configure the right-hand tile to show virtual machines. Click configure tile on the right-hand tile:
- Click on the Status tile button:
- Click on the Resources Icons tile button:
- In the scope section click on type:
- In the search for a type box type
virtual machinesand select virtual machines from the drop down list.
- Click done. You should now have a dashboard with one long column on the right:
- Hover between the columns and drag the column resizing line to the right allowing it to snap into place towards the right of the screen making the right hand column narrower:
- We are now going to add a split to the left hand column. Click on the Split tile button on the left hand tile:
- The left hand column will now show two tiles nested within it. Try resizing the whole of the left hand column to see how the two 50% cells within retain their dimensions and resize with the wider column.
- Click add new tile beneath each of the split tiles to create 4 tiles:
To look like this:
- Now click add new tile below the wider left-hand column to add a tile that spans the width of the two split tiles:
- You should now have a dashboard that looks like this:
You can stop here, or you can add to your dashboard if you wish.
- We recommend you configure some tiles now, to see how they fill out the space available. The 4 tiles at the the top left of the dashboard would work well as Status donut tiles or Alert donut tiles.
- You may find you need to create a new split and move tiles into that if you want the tiles to align by their top edge:
- You may wish to add a large title for a wall monitor display, using the Web Content tile, and drag this to the top of the page or top of the split column:
How do I delete a column or row?
Delete or move the individual tiles until the column or row is empty and then the empty column or row will automatically be removed. There is no option to delete a whole column or row.
How can I control the size of tiles?
Tile sizes will change slightly depending on the tiles you configure, and some tiles, such as Status and Resources Matrix, can dynamically show more or less resources. For example, the list of unhealthy servers may be longer one day than another. If you're aware that one tile may expand or contract you might not want to put another tile beneath this one, instead you could add tiles to other columns.
Some tiles have options that allow you to control the tile size:
The Status tile for example has a toggle zoom option, allowing you to change between one long list, column list and icon only view.
How do I add a tile above an existing tile?
Add a new tile below, and then drag and drop the tile into the position you require above the existing tile.
What is new and different in the v5 dashboard designer?
- It is now possible to add a row before, as well as after, existing rows.
- It is possible to add columns to the left, as well as the right, of columns.
- A tile can be split to create nested columns so many more layout are possible without having to edit the JSON.
- Moving tiles is easier now because a four-way arrowhead is shown when hovering in the tile title area, and a thumbnail of the tile is shown so you can more easily see a grey area indicating where the tile can be dropped.
- There is no delete column button, instead delete or move the individual tiles until the column (or row) is empty and automatically removed.
- Columns can be made narrower than was previously possible.
After upgrading I have an empty column that I can't delete?
Add a new tile to the empty column, then delete the newly added tile and the column will be removed.