Dash Helps You Collect Information in One Place
Do you ever think you just have too much information to keep up with it all? From Twitter to news feeds to weather to your personal or business site, it can take all day just to see what’s happening online.
Dash helps you keep up with everything in one place. The service allows you to create realtime dashboards for your website, your business and your life.
What is Dash?
Dash is a web-based canvas that lets you create and arrange dashboards from a variety of services and websites all in one location. It can help you organize and keep track of all of your digital stuff.
Some of the things you can track include dashboards from Google Analytics, GitHub, Pingdom, and Chartbeat for personal or business use. Track personal data like Instagram photos or your Withings bathroom scale. Dash allows you to import live data from spreadsheets in Dropbox or custom data feeds.
Dash is designed as a series of widgets for each service that you can arrange on the page so you can see the data you want to see in the way you want to see it. Dash has already created widgets for all of the most popular services, but you can import from pretty much any URL as well. You also have the option of sharing dashboards if you have public information available.
And Dash will always look great – a bonus for designer-types. The service is built on a responsive framework that will look great and render perfectly on any device without loss of quality. (Plus the iPad interface is a lot of fun to play with.)
Uses for Dash
There are numerous sues for Dash. To date, more than 8,000 dashboards have been created using the tool. More than 900,000 people have viewed the boards as well. You can find everything in the public dashboard page from cats playing to news to a dashboard devoted to everything Apple.
And every widget is updated constantly in real time. So you know the information you are seeing – whether it is for work or play – is the most up-to-date information.
There really are an unlimited number of ways to use this tool. Here are just a few ways you can use Dash to make your life online a little bit easier.
- To keep up with social media profiles.
- Track Google Analytics on your portfolio.
- Collaborate with coworkers on projects.
- Track news or what people are saying about your company on social media.
- Keep up with any comments suggestions or changes on a variety of connected platforms.
- Check the weather or keep up with important health info.
- Play games or stream things that you find entertaining.
- And almost anything else you can imagine.
How it Works
Creating a dashboard is easy and intuitive with Dash.
- Open Dash, where you will be taken to the “My Dash”
- Click “Add Dashboard.”
- Start building, using any of the fun preset tools.
What’s really nice about the interface is that is seems like it was created for designers. (Seriously.) New dashboards are placed in a grid-style block so you can shape and size each individual widget to fit in any way you choose. (Personally, I had to ensure that every one lined up perfectly.)
The overall size of the dashboard automatically adjusts to fit the widgets you select. Plus, you can edit or change the dashboard at any time to add or remove widgets or adjust sizing and placement.
You will have to allow Dash to connect to your services to get data from sources such as GitHub or your Gmail. So be ready to enter a few usernames and passwords for connected services. Plenty of other widgets are already built in (weather, news, etc.).
What’s especially nice about this service, compared to some others, is that you don’t have to add third-party code to your website to make it work. You only have to connect it to a working service you already use for widgets to collect data. This makes Dash easy for almost anyone to use … and you won’t need the help of a developer to get started.
Dash comes with plenty of support and is working with users to add new features. (You can even suggest widgets and help vote them into production.) You can contact a member of the team or search the Dash knowledge-base to get info in a hurry. Plus, visit the Dash FAQ for quick answers to common questions.
Plan Types and Costs
Dash is available at three plan types and levels from a free account to business plan.
- Free account: $0 per year; includes one private dashboard and an unlimited number of public dashboards
- Pro account: $99 per year; includes an unlimited number of private and public dashboards
- Business account: $795 per year (five users); allows you to create teams for your workspace, share dashboards only with those teams with view and edit permissions and includes an unlimited number of private and public dashboards
Dash seems like a worthwhile tool with a lot of practical application. It seems like a great way to keep up with everything you have online in one place. (No more checking 10 different websites at the start of every day.)
Productivity tools such as Dash are a great way to get more out of every work day whether you work for a large company, small business or yourself. And with a free starter plan, what do you have to lose by trying it out?
Are any of you using Dash? What do you think so far? What are your favorite features? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.
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