Why You Should, or Shouldn’t, Create a Flash-Based Website
Creating a website, whether it is for your personal work to be displayed or to represent a whole company, is fairly easy these days thanks to the various web hosting platforms available. These provide you with themes and layouts that you can choose from and have a working website in very little time.
However, if you want to add some extra personality to your website and make it more eye-catching, the seemingly obvious tool to use is Adobe Flash. Flash-based websites have animations, and flashes of colors and movement that others just don’t come close to.
However, just like every software tool, Flash has its own pros and cons that one needs to know of before relying on it.
Why You Should Consider Flash
• It is Independent of OS and Browser:
Websites built on Flash are supported by most of the browsers available. With Flash, you can also be sure that no matter what browser your audience uses or which OS they have, your site will show up as you have designed it if only they have Flash installed.
• Animations and Video Work Well:
As mentioned earlier, Flash is a tool that allows you to create animations on your website. It makes your page appear ‘flashy’ and attractive. Other than animations, videos work very well on Flash websites as these don’t need any OS-dependent plugins to work.
• You Can Use Any Font You Want:
Web browsers normally don’t support a whole lot of fonts, especially ones that aren’t commonly used on websites. So if you want to use a special font on your page, Flash is the way to go.
Why You Should Steer Clear of Flash
• Slow to Load:
Flash websites require the designers to work very hard in order to be optimized for various hardware configurations. If this is not taken care of, your site will be slow and clunky to use, especially for someone using slower hardware.
• Some Decline in Usability:
Hitting the back button on a web browser usually takes you back one page, but on a Flash website it will take you back to the page you were on before coming to the Flash website. This means that your users will have to delve deep into your website, without any option to go back a step unless they come back from the very start.
• Problems with Ranking Higher:
A major concern with using Flash is the fact that Google and other search engines can’t read Flash content very well. This is because they are unable to parse images, which is what drives most of the content on a Flash website. This leads to difficulties with optimizing your website to rank higher in search results using keywords.
So if you have been wondering whether to create a Flash-based website or not, the recommendation is to use Flash only where necessary as the drawbacks that come with its use will cause long-term harm to your website.