What is a good admin panel design and is it worth your time?

An image of my website’s admin panel with the navigation link tab open and a short list of links with a few options.
An image of my website’s admin panel with the navigation link tab open and a short list of links with a few options.
The updated admin panel of my personal website, image by author.

They live in the deepest and darkest corners of the internet. Always in the background. Never seen by the majority of normal users.

No, I’m not talking about porn or the dark web.

I’m talking about admin panels and dashboards.

These days, almost every website has some type of configuration tool in the background. Whether it is a small personal blog created with a content management system (CMS) or the biggest websites out there that are managed by massive companies with thousands of employees.

So what are the design challenges when it comes to admin panels and should you invest your time creating them? …


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A 1,500-year-old game is now conquering the internet

Inspired by the recent Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit, millions of people are getting into chess. Chess websites, content creation, and esport events are booming. It may not have 100 champions, 50 weapons, or crazy explosions, but it has an unrivaled tactical depth, which makes it not only a great game to play but also a very interesting and engaging esports title.

Chess is the ultimate easy to learn, hard to master game. …


How to use the Twitter API to track your follows and unfollows

Twitter bird
Twitter bird
Photo by OpenClipart-Vectors on Pixabay.

Are you posting regularly on Twitter? Do you get the occasional follower here and there? Are they unfollowing a few days later because you didn’t follow them back? Enough with that!

Let’s find out who is unfollowing so we can burn voodoo dolls with their names… oh, sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. I mean, so we can learn the Twitter API!

This is what a lot of my experience on Twitter has been like since I started posting regularly at the beginning of this year. …


The Netflix drama series shows the struggles of an orphan on her way to become the best chess player in the world

The movie poster of The Queen’s Gambit, an image of a woman sitting behing a chessboard.
The movie poster of The Queen’s Gambit, an image of a woman sitting behing a chessboard.
Image from imdb.com.

As I was scrolling through Netflix, a new thumbnail caught my eye: A beautiful woman sitting behind a chessboard. This had me intrigued. I love chess and as it so happens beautiful women. I started watching and got immediately hooked.

The Queen’s Gambit follows the life and career of Beth Harmon, an orphan turned chess prodigy. She struggles with substance abuse on her way to becoming the best chess player in the world.

Based on Walter Tevis’s 1983 novel of the same name, the fictional story plays in the 60s and manages to capture the emotional struggles of the main character, brilliantly played by Anya Taylor-Joy. …


Improving SEO and engagement with HTML meta tags

A title image with multiple social media icons in the background.
A title image with multiple social media icons in the background.
Background image by geralt on Pixabay.

Tweets with images receive 150% more retweets, 89% more likes, and 18% more clicks. And it’s a similar story on other social media platforms.

If you share a link to your website or blog on social media without any special meta tags, it will just appear as a simple plain-text link like this:


Game development, writing, and other projects in a crazy year

An image of a low poly beach scene looking at the ocean with some palm trees and beach items.
An image of a low poly beach scene looking at the ocean with some palm trees and beach items.
A beach demo scene in my game engine. When you cannot travel, you gotta build your own virtual beach. Image by author.

2020 has been a tumultuous year. Now that it’s finally over, I wanted to have a look back. Obviously, the pandemic had a massive effect on all of our lives and worsened other long-standing social, environmental, and economic issues.

Despite all the craziness, however, I was able to work on a lot of projects. While I didn’t get nearly as much game development done as I would have liked, I improved a few things and started to polish the game.

One of my biggest highlights of the year was discovering my passion for writing. I have learned a lot but there is still much to improve on for the future. My biggest motivation boost comes from people reading some of the stories I published and if you are one of them and happen to read this: Thank you very much! …


Trying to become successful by writing about my goals for the year

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My goals for 2021: Game development and writing, image by author.

Writing down your goals makes it 42% more likely to achieve them.

I recently read somewhere that successful people write down their goals. It boosts your motivation and focus while reducing stress levels at the same time.

I have been writing to-do lists on paper for quite a while and it helps me keep a better overview of my short-term tasks. Every point you can cross off results in a small sense of accomplishment.

But I have never tried writing down long term goals and there’s really no reason not to do it. …


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A mixture of experiences that held my interest during a difficult year

As 2020 is (finally…) getting closer to its conclusion, I wanted to have a look back at my most played games during the year. As bad as the year has been for almost everything, gaming has been a nice exception. When everybody was stuck at home, our gaming TeamSpeak server became a little bit of a social hub and we played many great multiplayer games together.

But without further ado, here are my most played games of 2020:

1. Minecraft


Cultivating lemon oyster mushrooms

An image of fully-grown Lemon Oyster Mushrooms, they grow in a cluster and have white stems and yellow caps.
An image of fully-grown Lemon Oyster Mushrooms, they grow in a cluster and have white stems and yellow caps.
Fully-grown Lemon Oyster Mushrooms, image by author.

They were the most delicious mushrooms I ever had.

They were the most beautiful mushrooms I ever prepared.

But most importantly, they were the first mushrooms I had grown and harvested myself.

Besides giving you access to delicious and beautiful mushroom variants you cannot easily purchase in a store, growing your own mushrooms is very fun and rewarding. Using household leftovers like coffee grounds, they are inexpensive to cultivate and will provide you with a healthy source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals, which makes them especially valuable in vegan diets.

Mushroom Growing

A while ago, the all-mighty YouTube algorithm recommended a few videos about mushroom growing to me and it guessed correctly once again because I clicked. It looked interesting and I talked about it with a few people but forgot about it afterward. So when I got a mushroom growing kit for my birthday it was a really nice surprise. …


The future of sports media is social media

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Aaron Rodgers with Pat McAfee and A. J. Hawk, image from The Pat McAfee Show.

“Thank you ESPN, using my face because you thought that would get the most clicks.” This was Aaron Rodgers's comment on an image of the NFL power rankings with a big picture of himself next to it. A type of answer you would never hear in regular press conferences or interviews.

This is why his weekly appearance on the Pat McAfee Show is so refreshing. One of the biggest sports superstars just sitting there in a laid back position, holding his own phone, and speaking from the heart.

The Pat McAfee Show

“We do it too.”, was Pat McAfee’s reply to Aaron Rodgers’s comment. “It works by the way.” And yes, it does work. The Pat McAfee Show has appeared in my YouTube feed here and there and I watched a few clips. But the Aaron Rodgers interview has become a must-watch every week. …

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Christian Behler

Indie Game Developer using C++/OpenGL, Web Developer using JavaScript/PHP/MySQL, +1000 other interests, follow me on twitter: https://twitter.com/PingPoli

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