We have already had the PF Presidential candidate Michael Sata's Website, now Hakainde Hichilema has followed suit with what seems like a very comprehensive website. We await Rupiah Banda's personal website for 2008.
I visited HH's site only to be hit by this:"Bandwidth Limit ExceededThe server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later."Is the site that popular, or the bandwidth set too low?
I think it must have become more popular after being posted here. :) However, I was on it yesterday and it was working well. The same for Michael Sata's website, which seems to be down.If they went to a host like Godaddy.com, they would have 250 gig bandwidth per month for almost no money.
You can tell that our leaders/partys are not ready for the computer age. They don't know the meaning of capacity, storage, crashing, haking, junk mail etc. It needs a lot of foresight to plan a website that would meet the needs of large/popular party. I visited their sites, and I could tell that they are very amateurish.What do you expect when they hire Form IIs to look after their sites. It is not a question of money, but because they consider computer sites as not being that important.Indeed, they are right because our young Zambians have failed to capitalize on it to talk to each other. Had our youth been serious about politics, they could have started a movement a la Obama, to have their voice heard. So while our old guys are figuring out how to involve computers in their campaigns, out youth too are ambivalent about it. They don't know how to take advantage of this tool. End result, the forces cancel each other. And the old folks continue to rule us!
The Watchdog newspaper reports that HH's site had 8Gb bandwidth which was overwhelmed by the 220,000 hits they had in a few days! They've since increased that to 50Gb. But what would be interesting is to find out just what type of people are visiting this page, where they're coming from, etc. He'd probably need a site stats package, if he doesn't already have one.If the majority of those 220,000 visitors to the page were local Zambian readers, then the political fight on the web could be real.On that topic, check out an earlier blog I did on the "Obama is a Mac and Clinton a PC" analysis based on their web page designs.I may do a similar thing on the HH, Sata and RB web pages, purely for technical analysis (if I do).
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