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We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by yawatide(f): 3:36pm On Dec 05, 2011
On September 14, 2011, I made a call to all interested web designers/developers to join me on a quest to show the Nigerian community at large that there are still people in the Nigeria capable of walking the talk, with respect to identifying an issue and coming up with a solution, In this case, the look and feel of a website (reference: https://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-759968.0.html).

I didn't expect more than 5 people to participate but was overwhelmed to have 40 sign up. I budgeted 3 months for the project and we finished a few days shy of that deadline. I didn't know how we would do it or if we would make it. There were a few disagreements here and there but in the end, the overall goal was on our minds. During the course of this volunteer project, I have worked with some of the finest professional and discliplined web developers that Nigeria has to offer and wouldn't hesitate to work with them again.

Enough said, I am proud to present to you our prototype for a redesigned nigeria.gov.ng: http://www.newnigeria.org.ng/ - site credits may be found under the "credits" link, bottom right of the page.

Could it have been better? Could it have been done in less than the 3 months? Could it have been done by 1 person? Sure, to all of the above. What you won't disagree with is that, for a project handled by 40 people and done for free, it is way better than the current nigeria.gov.ng. Again, this is just a prototype. If we were actually paid to do what we did, based on what we've learned so far, some things would change for sure.

What you can do to help promote this effort:
1) Click the "like" button that accompanies each response to this thread on NL
2) Like us on facebook and join the conversation: www.facebook.com/nigeria40
3) Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nigeria40
4) Help promote us to all you know (blogs, fora, friends, family, etc
5) Help push this thread to the front page of NL where it will get maximum exposure

In time, we will be reaching out to various famous bloggers, newspaper journalists, etc.

Our goal:
1) Demonstrate that there are a bunch of individuals ready and capable of handling a job the magnitude of nigeria.gov.ng or something similar for individuals, corporations or government entities

2) Contrary to popular belief, to show that there are still those who believe in the greatness of Nigeria and who are willing to sacrifice to make it better. We all have PHDs (Passion, Hunger and Drive) and will bring this to the table, should you decide to use our services.

Thanks for your time and thanks for those who were aware of this project from inception (https://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-759968.0.html) and offered encouraging words, thanks as well.

If you have any questions about the project overall that I haven't addressed, post them here. If I don't get to it, one of the other 39 will.

Thanks for your time
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Nobody: 3:43pm On Dec 05, 2011
http://newnigeria.org.ng/Not too bad but a lot need to be done. The 'contact' nav text is out of place. The nav banner should be stretched to the same length as the header and footer. The body text and font need to be maximized - too light for a govt page. There is need to move the sidebar for the social media and its related information to the right-hand side on the front page. Little text information on the banner images to explain them. When all these and other observations are cleared it would look better.

This is a repeat of my previous post from the former thread.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by omni1: 3:46pm On Dec 05, 2011
all4naija:

http://newnigeria.org.ng/Not too bad but a lot need to be done. The 'contact' nav text is out of place. The nav banner should be stretched to the same length as the header and footer. The body text and font need to be maximized - too light for a govt page. There is need to move the sidebar for the social media and its related information to the right-hand side on the front page. Little text information on the banner images to explain them. When all these and other observations are cleared it would look better.

This is a repeat of my previous post from the former thread.
Pls can you state the browser you viewed the page from?
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Afam4eva(m): 3:46pm On Dec 05, 2011
The website is ok for start. It's now left for people to review it and make suggestions so that changes will be made.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Afam4eva(m): 3:49pm On Dec 05, 2011
Why una hide the source code na? Abi DHTML don buy the site from una? Na him link i just dey see.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by yawatide(f): 4:03pm On Dec 05, 2011
@afam4eva:
It's a redirect/mask from where it is hosted to the newnigeria.org.ng domain.

@all:
Thanks for the input so far. As stated in the OP, things can certainly be better in a paid iteration. This is just a prototype for what could be done and disagree if you must but agree that it is much better than what is out there currently. Also, don't forget to like us on facebook and twitter (@nigeria40) and like us on NL and to spread the word cool
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Afam4eva(m): 4:07pm On Dec 05, 2011
yawa-ti-de:

@afam4eva:
It's a redirect/mask from where it is hosted to the newnigeria.org.ng domain.

Ohh ok.

Btw, the domain name does not sound nice. I know that there's a popular forum called newnigerians. I also don't like the .org.ng. Except it's a dummy domain which will be changed later.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by omni1: 4:12pm On Dec 05, 2011
afam4eva:

Ohh ok.

Btw, the domain name does not sound nice. I know that there's a popular forum called newnigerians. I also don't like the .org.ng. Except it's a dummy domain which will be changed later.

This is a prototype and not an actual work. This can either be integrated into the existing domain name where things will still be further developed or discarded. it's just a dummy website reason why you have dummy contents too.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Afam4eva(m): 4:13pm On Dec 05, 2011
@*omni
are you omnipotent?
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by yawatide(f): 4:17pm On Dec 05, 2011
@afam4eva:
Sure, there are a gazillion better names but as we did with everything on the project, we voted upon what we settled with and more importantly, someone spent his own money to buy the domain (as cheap as it may have been, relatively speaking), considering this is a volunteer job.

Secondly, what we've done in no way is meant to compete with the actual site. This is merely a proof of concept and in time we hope to reuse it to offer our consulting services to other projects.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Nobody: 4:19pm On Dec 05, 2011
*omni:

Pls can you state the browser you viewed the page from?
It's Google Chrome. That doesn't nullify the fact that a lot need to be done to correct somethings out of place, although, it is a dummy site.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by yawatide(f): 4:28pm On Dec 05, 2011
1) On a prototype, you demonstrate what can be done and note corrections for the actual site. So on those terms, we appreciate your input and feedback. In terms of changes being made now, that won't happen as again, it is merely a prototype

2) Yes, it is a dummy site which we hope can be improved upon and turned into an actual site.

Thanks
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by omni1: 4:42pm On Dec 05, 2011
afam4eva:

@*omni
are you omnipotent?

Think harder!
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Nobody: 5:10pm On Dec 05, 2011
Please show screencapture of any design errors.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by databoy247(m): 5:11pm On Dec 05, 2011
Before you guys start doing your layout judgements, please do a comparison between the former and the later (which is just a prototype) and give a thumbs up or thumbs down. Lets tell everyone we are capable of rebranding Nigeria through patriotism. Please Like the project on facebook and follow on twitter so the word goes round. Cheers.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by yamakuza: 5:12pm On Dec 05, 2011
Welcome to FP!

Am i the only one clicking the FB Like Button?
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by yawatide(f): 5:16pm On Dec 05, 2011
As with all things in life, there will always be detractors. We can't help it and it is to be expected. What's important is that despite all odds, we stay on point.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by kunlekunle: 5:21pm On Dec 05, 2011
yawatide

like your effort

u can check this site for a more comprehensive info
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by freeman191(m): 5:22pm On Dec 05, 2011
This site is great and lovely, and i only wished i had also contributed to the project, but notwithstanding the navigation needs to be worked on, am currently viewing the site on Google chrome, i know lists and CSS was used on the navigation, but when you hover on the drop down list, the background changes to white, which rests on the page content, which is also white, it makes it look odd, if the navigation can be given a 3d feel navigation like wordpress.org navigation, the navigation will be on the green background top, it will make it look nicer.

But again you people have tried, and may your efforts be rewarded and recognized by our leaders.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by DualCore1: 5:22pm On Dec 05, 2011
Its a dummy, dummies  angry  tongue
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by DualCore1: 5:29pm On Dec 05, 2011
As seen on Google Chrome 16.0.912.0

Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by nevosys(m): 5:36pm On Dec 05, 2011
I like your effort so far,

But also look at the attached prototype i came up with some time ago while i was bidding to develop this site from the presidency which is still on board for approvals.

please comment on it.

Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Nobody: 5:39pm On Dec 05, 2011
Dual Core:

Its a dummy, dummies  angry  tongue

yawa-ti-de:

As with all things in life, there will always be detractors.  We can't help it and it is to be expected.  What's important is that despite all odds, we stay on point.
First off, it would be good you guys accept criticism (constructive or destructive cheesy), don't make people scared to say the truth.

My views:

A good attempt but could be better,
I know it's a dummy site so I hope we see better pictures when you guys are through.
Also, do you have any good graphics designer working with you? Take a look at this site. http://nigeriaat50.gov.ng/
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by nevosys(m): 5:43pm On Dec 05, 2011
This is another one with blue instead of the first one which is green

Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by yawatide(f): 5:47pm On Dec 05, 2011
@nevosys:
Though I prefer your green version, both are equally good. If you are still in the running for the job, I hope you get it

@muskeeto:
If you read all my posts from #1, you will see that I do accept criticism, both constructive and destructive. The 3 things I will NOT accept, no matter what are: Arm chair generals, distractions and monday morning quaterbacking. . . and yes, there is a difference b/w criticisms and the latter 3 things I just mentioned wink

An improved design for our country's official website is bigger than any one of us. Together with nevosys, we have hopefully kicked off a trend that we hope results in thinking out of the box and future success.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Nobody: 5:50pm On Dec 05, 2011
*dhtml:

Please show screencapture of any design errors.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by yawatide(f): 5:54pm On Dec 05, 2011
I have chrome but don't c what uv attached. Wat OS r u using and wat screen resolution?
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Nobody: 5:56pm On Dec 05, 2011
yawa-ti-de:

@nevosys:
Though I prefer your green version, both are equally good.  If you are still in the running for the job, I hope you get it

@muskeeto:
If you read all my posts from #1, you will see that I do accept criticism, both constructive and destructive. The 3 things I will NOT accept, no matter what are: Arm chair generals, distractions and monday morning quaterbacking. . . and yes, there is a difference b/w criticisms and the latter 3 things I just mentioned wink

An improved design for our country's official website is bigger than any one of us.  Together with nevosys, we have hopefully kicked off a trend that we hope results in thinking out of the box and future success.
It looks out of place. The page takes the dimension of e-commerce. I would prefer if the footer map of Nigeria is relocated or minimized to the barest minimum. The choice of color is bad and I would go for the Nairaland project color representing the national flag colors.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by chinweub: 5:57pm On Dec 05, 2011
Pls, include" upload button" for videos of corrupt activities round the nation grin grin grin grin
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by nevosys(m): 5:59pm On Dec 05, 2011
I am in total support of your effort so far, the design i presented above was already done before i found this tread some months back ( https://www.nairaland.com/nigeria/topic-759968.0.html ). I was so much interested and full of gratitude for coming up with the idea of developing a website for our great nation, hence the zeal for me to go ahead wasn't there, because i saw the list of already volunteered Men and Women of honor who beside their busy schedule was willing to contribute their time and expertize to see that the project is a reality. I wish you all the best.
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by LagosBoi2(m): 6:02pm On Dec 05, 2011
na wetin concern me with this one? abegi joor
Re: We Present To You, The (voluntarily) Redesigned Nigeria.gov.ng by Drlumi: 6:06pm On Dec 05, 2011
I commend the effort. It's a good job. There is an aesthetic imbalance, though. If a graphic artist could do some panel beating of the template, it would be nice.

And thanks for attempting to save Nigeria from the embarrassing version we had! Great job too, @Nevosys.

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