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Do websites die? can they become a mere obituary of their owner’s life? Just a tombstone listing the achievements of its cherished owner? I was conducting a research about politicians websites as part of a new website project I have for a Lebanese political figure. As a practice, I had to study the global market, and more specifically, the Lebanese.
Any one in my shoes will start his research by looking for top political figures’ websites. In Lebanon, the Hariri family is on the top of that list. PM Rafic Hariri, RIP, was assassinated in 2005 and from what it seems, his virtual being died with him. So yes websites can die. But how?
From one Hariri website to another, I found good material suitable for Merriam Websters Dictionary definition of “Obsolete”. But I have confidence that one day his entities will pick them up and get them polished just as the recent revamped Hariri Canadian University. It took the current caretakers of the university 10 years to redesign the website, which currently can be removed from Merriam Webster’s definition of “Obsolete”. But better late than never right? unless “late” happens regularly.
The family seems to have interest in online but needs good and knowledgeable hands to take care of that. Knowing how to make a webpage with few hyperlinks and images is not enough as it shows in the below examples.
The top site though of a Hariri link is former PM Saad Hariri official website, son of Rafic Hariri, http://www.saadhariri.com/.
But what about the other Hariri websites? It is quite a mess.
|Rafic Hariri Official Websitewww.rhariri.com
|The second Official Rafic Hariri Website www.hariri.org
|The Hariri Foundation Official Websitewww.hariri-foundation.org.lb
|What it seems as a second official website for the Foundation?This one seems to be the new one, and the one above is the oldhttp://www.rhf.org.lb/
|The Future Movement Websitewww.futuremovement.org
| Rafic Hariri High Schoolwww.rhhs.edu.lb
|Hariri Foundation – Directorate of Health & Social Serviceswww.haririmed.org
|Saad Hariri Twitter Account www.twitter.com/haririsaad
Website do die, they become obsolete and useless. But when financial resources are not an issue, it is a shame.