Pros and cons of flash-based sites

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Flash-based sites have become madness in the last few years, and when Macromedia compiles more great features into flash, we can only predict there will be more and more flash sites on the internet. However, Flash-based sites have been released for bloating and unnecessary. Where exactly do we draw a line? These are simple details.

The good one:

Interactivity

Flash acts script opens a large field of possibility. Programmers and designers have used Flash to create interactive features ranging from very crowded feedback forms to interesting flash-based games. All levels of this new interactivity will always make visitors back for more.

Standard site

With flash, you don’t need to worry about cross-browser compatibility. There is no more misery about how certain CSS codes display differently on Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. When you position your site elements in flash, they will always appear because they as long as the user has a flash player installed.

Better expressions through animation

In Flash, one can use its animated features to convey messages in a way that is far more efficient and effective. Flash is a lightweight option for animation because it is based on vectors (and therefore smaller file size) as opposed to the real “film file” based on the size of the raster and hence much larger.

Bad and ugly:

Flash player.

People must download the Flash Player first before they can see Flash movies, so by using the Flash range your visitors will decrease significantly because not everyone will be willing to download the Flash Player just to see your site. You also have to enter additional work in redirecting the user to the Flash download page if it doesn’t install the player.

Site optimization

If your content is served in Flash, most search engines will not be able to index your content. Therefore, you will not be able to rank well in search engines and there will be fewer traffic leading to your site.

Load time

Users must wait longer than usual to load Flash content compared to ordinary text and images, and some visitors may only lose their patience and click on the back button. The longer your flash loads, the more you risk losing visitors.

The best way to go is to use flash only when you really need interactivity and the accompanying movement. If not, use a mixture of flash and HTML or use pure text if your site is purely to present textual information and simple graphics.

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