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WebForum, Zim’s newest online tech support community site

Having a website these days is an “out of the box” requirement for most businesses. If you don’t have an online presence you are putting your business at a massive disadvantage, because a good number of people want an online touchpoint so they can get a remote view of your products and/or services. However, and […]


Web design & web development – what’s the difference?

I remember in my tender age how simpler and seemingly normal even to most folks by then to refer every type of washing powder as Surf. Yes I did and you know everyone was cool with it, no harm came with it. Everybody would be aware of what was being referred to, it was just […]


Web design for businesses: why 80% of websites add no value

Whether you work from home, running an SME or a corporate, a website is something that can bring the change you need in your business. I am sure you are familiar with this type of promotional talk! There is something for you here. Only 20% percent of website owners benefit from their websites. I want […]


Muzinda Hub hosts graduation for developers, launches online jobs platform

After more than six months of training and skills development, local technology and entrepreneurship skills centre, Muzinda Hub, conferred certificates to its first cohort of software developers and tech entrepreneurs at a graduation ceremony held in Harare. The Hub also launched its online jobs platform which will be offering software development skills.


Here are 6 steps to selling your skill online: Insights from Comexposed

This idea of online freelancing or e-lancing obviously has a lot of allure for locals that have been at the receiving end of employment contract terminations and a dwindling job prospects. The opportunity is even being investigated by other entities like Econet through its soon to be launched platform Technites.


Here’s a guide to configuring DNS Resource Records

In a previous article, we looked at the most commonly used DNS Resource Records, we now need to look at how we configure these records. In this guide, we will use cPanel as our control panel. Here is a step by step guide to configuring the DNS resource records;


Muzinda Hub develops free websites as part of global education campaign, calls for support

Muzinda Hub is partnering with the Global Business Coalition for Education to run an initiative called the #UpForSchool Campaign, in Zimbabwe. The hub will be developing free websites for the first 20 schools that support this cause by mobilising 1,000 signatures for the #UpForSchool petition.


Why are programmers going online to watch someone else code?

The concept of live programming is slowly starting to gain traction thanks to a platform called Livecoding.tv . This is where people log in to watch or stream themselves programming in different languages. There’s a lot of value behind this, but will it survive or die as another geek sensation?


Understanding DNS Resource Records

As part of a series on domain registration and domain names, this article expands on the most common used DNS resource records that are used in mapping domain names.


What lies beneath: 3 tools for figuring out how that awesome website was built

Ever wanted to figure out how any awesome website was put together? Here are some tools that will help you take a peek under the hood of any website and understand the insides on your own.


It’s Mobilegeddon!..but what does Google’s action on mobile sites mean for Zim?

The world or the internet isn’t over, but the big event in web this week that set off some sort of panic, Mobilegeddon, has finally happened. Just like the world’s most prominent search engine, Google, promised months ago, it has changed its search algorithm to suit mobile friendly sites. This simply means that over the next week, […]


A Guide to Configuring Your Domain Name

When you purchase a domain name, the next thing is you would want it to work. As I alluded in my previous article, domain name uses include setting up emails, name servers and websites, of which the most common uses by the majority of people are emails and websites. For these services to work for […]


Enough with pathetic government websites, can’t something be done already?

This is going to sound pretty obvious to a lot of people who don’t see anything positive coming from our country but Zimbabwe has a lot of pathetic government websites. Yes, that’s right, I said it. The moment you mention something remotely critical about the government some people get a bit uncomfortable. However I felt I had […]


Webnames unveils free students hosting package. Can they be trusted this time?

Sometime last year we wrote about Webnames, a new online domain registry service that had entered the market with the cheapest service. These were the guys behind hosting service uHostAfrica. With services priced at $5 for each domain, Webnames gave existing providers like Google and name.co.zw a run for their money. We even saw promotions from name.co.zw […]


Dembare wins the league again…and there still isn’t any Dynamos website

In case you hadn’t heard or if you missed out on the noise in the streets on Sunday, Dynamos Football Club won another league title thanks to a victory over How Mine and ZPC’s fall to Caps United at Gwanzura Stadium. On one side of the street you had Caps United fans celebrating, somewhat reluctantly, […]


Everything you need to know about domain names: Part 4

This is the fourth in a series of guest articles authored by Isaac Maposa, the co-founder of Web Enchanter, a Zimbabwean startup in the domain registration space. This feature is on domain names. Domain Name Composition Domain names can only be composed of letters A-Z (not case sensitive), numbers 0-9 and the dash or hyphen […]


How to enhance the “aboutness” of your website

Many company websites suck from a user and search engine point of view. This is because more emphasis is placed on aesthetics than on the website’s “aboutness”. A company that does not have an effective website that helps in making its products and services visible is not different from a company that does not have a […]


Everything you need to know about domain names: Part 3

This is the third in a series of guest articles authored by Isaac Maposa, the co-founder of Web Enchanter, a Zimbabwean startup in the domain registration space. This feature is on domain names. Who Is eligible to register or own a domain name? Any individual or organisation has the right to own a domain name. […]


Everything you need to know about domain names: Part 2

This is the second in a series of guest articles authored by Isaac Maposa, the co-founder of Web Enchanter, a Zimbabwean startup in the domain registration space. This feature is on domain names. Choosing The Right Domain Extension A number of people and organisations make mistakes when it comes to choosing the right domain extension. […]


How to turn your website into a gold mine

The Internet is a jungle populated by millions of websites with each clamoring for the elusive attention of the click-happy internet users. It is a dog eat dog world in which brands ruthlessly compete for online visibility via search engines. Unfortunately, the only way to the top is by stepping on the heads of others. […]


Zimdeveloper: Here’s a cool place to learn and debate everything programming

My short experience writing for Techzim has taught me that Zimbabwe has a lot of developers, pros and some pretenders, with one thing in common. Passion! They’ll love to flaunt their skills, debate and defend anything relating to their craft. Almost anything we post here with the slightest touch of being technical sparks some great […]


Fellow Africans, if you want to be called developers, start writing code

There was a time back in the late 90s when knowing some HTML and CSS secured a techie a place in his country’s web development talent pool. The web in general placed emphasis on the display of nice stuff with content hard coded into html pages so web design – as opposed to development – mattered more than any other skill on the web. But soon enough the game started to change.


More trouble with the Registrar General’s website

It gets worse. It’s as if they were not ready at all to launch. Or at least not ready to announce. The website that Zimbabwe’s Registrar General, Tobaiwa Mudede announced just 3 days ago has a new problem. We discovered it just now while making follow-up on the story yesterday (it had a different issue […]


How I created and launched a website from the internet café in Zimbabwe, Africa

After my last interview with a big mining firm, I got fed up. I had gone to many interviews with big companies, and the result was always the same. With unemployment at a staggering 80% , one can imagine the stiffness of the competition , now add corruption and your chances are next to none.


The changing face of the web development industry

It’s almost safe to say that history is repeating itself. A few years, specifically prior to the year 2008 companies such as Cyberplex were known to rule the roost and getting a website for a company was a comparatively sizable investment. There was the initial cost of getting the site developed, and the fixed monthlies/update fees. The process involved repetitive cycles between the marketing team and the web designers until the two parties agreed on a design concept.


Local websites need to shape up

In a bid to improve the general quality of local web products, we have posted articles here before about ‘broken websites’, especially those by ICT service providers. The local web development sector seems to be suffering from a very devastating plague (that is strangely limited to it), this in turn is not doing any justice whatsoever to Zimbabwean companies. We have carried out an emergency diagnosis and discovered the following symptoms:


Update on Zimbabwe’s Broken Sites: Still Broken

Last year we posted an article titled “Zimbabwe’s Broken Websites: Telecoms Operators”. The article basically pointed out some glaring omissions and commissions on the websites of some of the biggest telecom companies. Most of these errors can be corrected easily with a little effort and within a few minutes.

We promised to do a follow-up article on the issues we noted, so here it is. It’s mostly still the same issues we talked about then and the sad thing about all this is that, for the ones we could reach, we even went to the extent of advising them. Nonetheless, for all you telecom companies, here’s some free website quality check, again.


Zimbabwe’s Broken Websites: Telecoms Operators

This article is the first in a series of “Zimbabwe’s Broken Websites” articles. Links to future articles will be inserted at the bottom of the post. Last week, we posted an article titled “Zimbabwean Business Should Take Its Internet Image Seriously” in which we criticized Zimbabwean business for a sluggish approach to building an online […]


Zimbabwean Business Should Take Their Internet Image Seriously

Last week I met with the managing director of a relatively big local electrical engineering firm. “We need a website ASAP!” he cut to the reason he’d called me. “You still don’t have a website? And why now?” I asked. “It’s urgent my brother. We submitted a bid to a company in the EU. They’ll […]