It's 1995 in Zimbabwe. At least in terms of Web Design.

Try this out: Search “USA” in Google. What results do you expect to be at the top? Probably a Wikipedia article and the United States government website. And indeed you get those as top results. Go visit the US Government’s website. What’s your first impression? Okay, sure, it’s not really advanced nor is it Web 2.0, but it is clean, it does have RSS feeds, and it is easy to navigate.

Now search “Zimbabwe” in Google. This time, try to find the Zimbabwe government’s website. You’ve got to go all the way to the 10th result to find the Zimbabwe website.

If you clicked that last link before reading this warning, I’m sorry. If you’re still reading this article, shield your eyes before visiting Zimbabwe’s website.

Just look at the horribly clashing graphics and backgrounds, outdated information, and HTML frames. Yes, HTML framed websites still exist.

What’s worse, the website is copyrighted in 2004 and last revised June 30th of THIS YEAR. Many African nations don’t even have websites or their embassies rank higher in Google.

I really can’t blame the website for being so out of date. Contested elections, human rights abuses, famine, and poverty are more important issues than a nation’s website. But it does illustrate just how far behind the rest of the world is in terms of technological development.

Please never take for granted what you have here in the developed world. And if you’re reading this from Zimbabwe, I can only wish you a better future. Unless you’re President Mugabe, in which case the only thing you deserve is an 8×8 cell.