It must be extremely frustrating being an H-Metro fan on the internet. You never really know if you’ll be able to access the tabloid’s website on any given day. The website, www.hmetrozim.com, goes up and down like a yo-yo. We get tips in our mailboxes numerous times from readers tipping us the website is down. We don’t check each time anymore.
The website was down this whole past weekend. Then it went up Monday morning. Went down later that evening. Was up Tuesday and Wednesday. Went down Thursday. Was up this morning but very slow. It’s down right now, with a “This site has been suspended notice”.
A source at Zimpapers says they are moving the site to high capacity hosting. They wouldn’t say when. The “suspended” sign itself is not usually sign of limited capacity. 99%x of the time, it’s a payment issues with the host. Who knows?
The website was ‘developed’ and is hosted by a local web design company called iNduku.
It’s not all negative for H-Metro of-course; they probably get more people buying the physical paper that way. No Zim media house has succeeded so far monetizing the web side of their business, which, by the way worries us once these guys have a means to collect payment online, pay walls will go up.