In this post we feature the most visited Ugandan websites. What factors are considered to rank a website as top? A few experts I respect have this to say in common about a top website:
- High search engine visibility
- Huge traffic
- High number of visitors
- High page rank
- Fresh, original content
- Visitor engagement on the website
- Social media presence and visibility
A few other “specialized” websites offer analytical information about country, regional and global website rank, as at www.alexa.com . Other websites offer social media data, as at www.socialbakers.com .I will use objective information from alexa.com to list the top 20 local websites i.e. Uganda home based websites.
According to www.alexa.com the sites in the top sites lists are ordered by their 1 month alexa.com traffic rank. For every country, including Uganda, the 1 month rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and pageviews over the past month. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1.
Let’s get on the list: (Non Ugandan websites excluded)
List of the most visited websites in Uganda:
Daily Monitor Newspaper – Truth Every Day: Daily news, features, exchange rates, weather and more. Daily monitor (at www.monitor.co.ug) is Uganda’s most visited website.
Government-owned daily newspaper offering independent daily news
The Observer – Breaking and latest news, analysis, comments, business, lifestyle, entertainment… More and sports stories from Uganda everyday
HiPipo.com, the Ultimate Social Entertainment Source
Directory that invites submissions
Official site of the Uganda Tourist Board presents what to do and see, getting around, people and culture, travel tips, brochures and service directory
News and information including the national budget, economic performance, initiatives, projects of Uganda… More, documents, events and photos. Detailed material about IFMS, UPPAD, PEAP and NEPAD
Part of Standard Bank Group and leading banking and financial services provider
Commercial bank specializing in development financing
Travel agency provides information on hotels, national parks, flights, tour operators and safaris
The monopoly registrar of the Ugandan domain name space CCTLD .ug. A number of local companies can also register Ugandan domain names, but at a much higher rate.
Music and entertainment portal provides news and reviews along with and directory providing free… More listings for events, musicians, bands, dancers, deejays, videos, photo galleries.
ISP offers information on its various business and consumer services
Government-owned utility operating and providing water and sewerage services in the larger urban areas of Uganda
Tours to the habitats of gorillas and chimpanzees in Uganda, especially in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Kibale
Information on the ministry and Uganda’s foreign policy, immigration issues, diplomatic mission… Mores, trade and investment, tourism and travel
Provides information on the Uganda national library’s services, collections, publications, projects and recent exhibitions
Travel guide to Uganda, available also in Adobe PDF.
Independent body responsible for regulating the electricity sector in Uganda offers news and in… More information on licensing, legislation, electricity tariffs, statistics, standards and publications
Commercial bank based in Kampala, Uganda with branches countrywide provides financial, international and foreign exchange services for businesses of all sizes.
There is your complete list. Note that these are statistics as at 1st December 2014. In the current time, variables could have changed and results could be altered. In my subjective opinion, I would look at the website design, quality of content and my individual bias. Much as these websites are “lucky” to be listed here as of now, I do not think anyone can guarantee that they are the “best” in the country. As an analogy, one local entertainment website won the award for the best website, in the entertainment category, and has again been nominated for the award this year, yet I see websites ranking far below making it to the top. Well, like the alexa.com disclaimer states: rankings are based the past one month’s traffic and page views. I rest my case, adieu and Happy Christmas.