It is always interesting to browse the Sabah web sites coz I can see many funny stuffs. I had been in web design field for many years, so I just list a few common mistakes of the Sabah web sites below for fun. To give “face” to the webmasters and their management, I purposely blur the names of the web sites in the pictures below.
1) “Launch and Death”
I strongly advise you don’t invite those toothless Datuk to launch your web sites. Once the web site is launched, it dies. I have no idea whether the organisations invite the Datuk to KILL the web site or invite them to launch a MEMORIAL. Once the launch button is clicked, the web site will not change for many years, as if it is for display and launching purposes only. There is totally no maintenance. Even if it is down for months, also nobody knows. The web site has become a death town, no activity, no visitor…
2) Online Grave
Very often I see Sabah web sites that are not up-to-date. Some playing the same annoying Flash that can’t be skipped, for many years. I e-mailed to them, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month… no reply. Hey! Are you building a online grave for your company HUH? It has no life, no update, no response, like nobody running it. If it is not a grave, what is it?
3) Junk Content
WHO CARE about your organisation chart, vision, mission statement, director speech, and history? The famous hacker, Kevin D. Mitnick, mentioned in his book “The Art of Deception”, he loved to trick the operator to send him a copy of org chart. He will learn the internal structure of that company, then acts like their employee, to steal more information. The hackers will be very happy to know that most Sabah government departments love to publish their org chart online. Wow! Some even got photos. Keep your Carta Organisasi in your Intranet please.
4) Only Sabah Got Internet
Some webmasters think that only Sabah got Internet, so the listed phone numbers also don’t have country code, some even don’t have area code. Probably they think only KK got Internet. Some Sabah web sites do not have the word “Sabah” or “Malaysia” in their postal address and web pages. That’s why sometimes it is quite hard to identify a Sabah web site.
5) Under Construction Forever
If you don’t plan to build it, do not indicate you will build it. There are many web sites display the animated “Under Construction” banner for years.