Angular JS - Best Practice for Dashboard


I am pretty new to Angular JS and am working on creating a Angular JS powered dashboard within a larger Django application. I have read a lot on Angular but still have a few questions on what is the best way to structure an Angular application that will have many independent widgets within.

I understand there can only be 1 app per HTML document along with typically 1 ng-view call on the page, my question is should I be setting up each individual widget as it's own app or is there a way to render and control multiple modules within a single app?

Currently I have ng-app declared at the top of my document

<html lang="en" ng-app="dashboard">

Not sure how I would render the remaining widgets if I can only use ng-view once?

I know this question is pretty subjective and there is probably no perfect answer, just looking for some best practices or functional advice.


Problem courtesy of: xXPhenom22Xx


It is pretty subjective, but using multiple controllers or directives, if done properly, can give you the effect you're looking for.

For example,

<html ng-app="my-dashboard">
    <div class="Some structuring thing">
      <ng-include src="my-header.html"></ng-include>
    <div class="Some other thing">
      <ng-include src="my-sidebar.html"></ng-include>



Then, each section could be its own, stand-alone component. From there, you can break it down into controllers...

<div ng-controller="my-header-text">
  <p ng-bind="title">

<div ng-controller="my-header-login">
  <p ng-click="login()">Login</p>



And even further with directives.

<my-custom-directive words=""></my-custom-directive>

This example is, really overkill, but the point remains; you've got a lot of ways to control granularity as you like.

Personally, these are the rules I like to follow.

  1. One app per document (as prescribed, and also because it makes sense.)
  2. A new controller for every DOM sub-tree that can stand alone; so my login and dashboard clearly have different purposes, and if I wanted granularity, I could break each one into its own controller, and use services to properly handle communication with the root of my app. I could login to any page, not just the dashboard, and a user could use the dashboard even without the option to log in and out (assuming some default case for non-logged in users), so these sections can stand alone and are decent candidates for their own controller.
  3. I like custom directives for non-trivial HTML chunks. It helps readability and reuse; just always try to use the isolate scope, and if you can't, question if what you're doing is really a directive. Write your directive assuming that it could be used not just by your app, but any similar app that included it and followed the correct API.
Solution courtesy of: Hylianpuffball


There is a project that implements widgets/dashboard functionality with AngularJS.


  • Adding/removing widgets
  • Widgets drag and drop
  • Any directive can be a widget

Live Demo

Demo source code

Dashboard directive itself

Discussion courtesy of: webdev

This recipe can be found in it's original form on Stack Over Flow.