How to use Flash in your Web Design
These days we hear a lot about Flash- mainly getting reminders to download an update from Adobe. Yet Flash is an extremely versatile programme that can make any website come to life with creativity, colour, and beauty.
We often see Flash used to create amazing galleries of photography and artwork. As well as these applications it is regularly used for online computer games, animations, online calculators, with flash being especially popular in movie trailer websites.
Whilst Flash, is well, flashy, it does have its limitations and disadvantages.
- Because Flash is so image heavy it does take longer to load than normal websites
- Search Engines struggle to view and therefore index a Flash page properly making it exceptionally difficult to rank well on Google. On the page where we have a Flash display highlighting what Explainafide does, you and I can read that we can help you with Design, Web, Typography, Graphics, Color, yet to Google it sees the whole animated section as nothing more than an unknown Flash display.
Therefore it is vital to use Flash sparingly.
If you do use it for your entire website such as a portfolio make sure you run a normal website along side it so Google actually knows what you do.
Another consideration is that Google now uses the amount of time to it takes to load a page in its rankings. If your entire sites takes too long to load this will affect your rankings negatively.
Don’t let it overwhelm a design.
As someone that looks at dozens of new websites a day it is easy for me to get carried away with Flash Designs. Yet we always need to remember that web design is about catering to your clients key demographics and not a bunch of chin stroking web designers.
Finally an amazing use of Flash for time lapse photography