Good and Bad in Flash World
The Known & Unknown Dangers
Cross browser compatibility was one of the main reasons why I thought flash was a wonderful addition to the world wide web. Not having to hack your CSS files to run on numerous browsers is a wonderful addition to any web designer's palette. All elements of the website will appear as they are as long as the end user had a flash player installed.
Animating in Flash was a breeze compared to other methods. Being vector based it was much more lightweight and used smaller file sizes to get a similar effect by just using a movie file.
What can I say... people Love to interact with things. Flash's action script allowed programmers and designers to build vivid feedback forms and Flash-based video games. This level of interactivity would keep the customers coming back.
Search Engine Optimization
The biggest issue in my humble opinion was that search engines could not index the majority of your Flash content. This in itself was enough for me to steer away from ever using it to create a complete website. To lose free advertising is just ludicrous.
The amount of time it takes a Flash website to load is monstrous. People are impatient creatures and with that in mind, Flash-based websites never went as far as they could have. The back button would be clicked within the first 8 seconds.
The Flash Player Itself
The end user will have to download the Flash player before being able to view the website. Not everyone is willing to take the time to download and install third party software, for something they should be able to view without it. Nowadays most web browsers allow the end user to install the plug-in with minimal issues... but it still makes for a hassle for the visitors of your site.
If you absolutely must use Flash... shoot for a website that uses both Flash and HTML and only use the interactivity of Flash when needed.
WEB DEVELOPER - MANAGING DIRECTOR
Jon is a website designer in Flagstaff Arizona. He started with web design at the age of 17 where he created "Only the Best Apps" - a website where he would test and choose "Only the Best" software from around the internet. It was all hand coded with Homesite - at that time the best (in his humble opinion) HTML editor around. He believes in local economy, open source technology, and helps bring the best the internet has to offer.
Categories: Web Insights, Prescott Web Design Posted On: Monday, 26 September 2011 Tagged In: Design, Flagstaff Website Design