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Website Development – Six Reasons to avoid Flash

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Recently one of my reader commented on my blog  and described how some Company in his knowledge suffered due to fully Flash Website.

Flash is a great interactive tool and really has changed Web Contents but in my view, it is not a good choice for most commercial web sites. Its great to use Flash as part of website, but in no way a prudent choice for full website. Flash being a proprietary technology breaks most web standards and conventions.

Here are six reasons, why we should avoid to use Flash.

1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Problems:

Although recently Google has announced that with collaboration of Adobe, now they are able to read through Flash contents but still Information embedded in Flash is often invisible to many other large search engines like MSN.

Search engines scan information on a web site, process and retrieving the best match for each user query. Robots (Small Software, used by Search Engines to scan a website) usually cannot process text embedded in Flash and graphic files. Sites designed completely in Flash often offer very little textual information completely ignoring different type of SEO Basics and fully contravene with most of rules given in Google Web Master Guide.

Tip: From SEO point of view, don’t use fancy flash buttons and navigation bars. Search engines track and love text links.

2. Statistics; An Important feature of Today’s Web; is missing

Web Statistics helps to evaluate website success and provide important information about visitor’s behavior, that help professional Web Developers, Designers and Marketer to come with more better and user oriented web solutions.

Some of important questions, web statistics answers are: Visitors came from, the pages visited and from where visitors left a site. Web Statistics are able to track when a Flash object, typically a swf file, is viewed. They are not able to track navigation within a Flash object – so if a site is composed of one Flash object which contains multiple site sections, the web analytic system will see a swf download, but will have no idea which parts of the site a visitor viewed nor where the visitor left the site.

3. Flash breaks web usability standards

Flash Breaks some of most important Web Usability Standards. Few examples are:

  • Browser Back Button do not work.
  • You cannot copy-paste important information like contact information.
  • Important Accessibility Features of browsers like Zoom In, Zoom our and Font Size change are not available.
  • You can’t book mark some page form site for future review. (As Flash Site has only one page as per Browser Eye)

4. Lack of consistent cross platform support

One of the keystones of the web is that a website should work in any browser on any computer – it is openness and standardization which has made the Internet universal. Flash breaks the basic tenets of website design. While most Internet users have Flash installed – they don’t necessarily have the right version installed. Indeed version 8 wasn’t even released for the Linux platform, locking those users out of sites developed for Flash 8 and 9 (Flash 9 for Linux has finally been released, months after the Windows version).

5. Some users disable Flash to avoid flash based advertising.

Savvier web users have learned to disable Flash in web pages to avoid animated advertising and / or to improve page-loading times on dial-up connections.

6. Website updates continually require Flash skills

Although now Flash based photo galleries and some other content management features are available but either that higly expensive or have limited features. Usually for sites developed in flash need high level flash skills for updation.

Convert any photo into a modern button with URL

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This, step by step flash lesson, will show you how to convert any photo into a modern button with url using a little action script code. You can use this modern button for any web site! Let's start!

Step 1

First, find any photo which you like to convert into a modern button. You can also if you like save my photo below to make this lessonto more quickly!

Step 2

Create a new flash document. Press Ctrl+J key on the keyboard (Document Properties) and set the dimensions of your document as whatever you like. Select any color as background color. Set your Flash movie's frame rate to 30 and click ok.

Step 3

Choose now File > Import > Import to Stage (Ctrl+R) and import any photo into a flash stage.

Step 4

While the photo is still selected, press F8 key (Convert to Symbol) to convert it into a Movie Clip Symbol.

Step 5

Double-click on the movie clip on stage with the Selection tool(V).You should now be inside the Movie Clip.

Step 6

While the photo is still selected, press again F8 key (Convert to Symbol) to convert it again into a Movie Clip Symbol!

Step 7

Click now on frame 15 and press F6 key.

Step 8

Go back now on frame 1, take the Selection Tool (V) and click once on the photo to select it. After that, go again to the Properties Panel (Ctrl+F3) below the stage! Then, select Filters tab from the left side. Click after that on the plus icon and select the Blur filter. Make the adjustments as follows:

Step 9

Right-click anywhere on the gray area between the two keyframes on the timeline and choose Create Motion Tween from the menu that appear.

Step 10

Create now a new layer above the layer 1 and name it action.

Step 11

Click now on the first frame of layer action and go to the Action Script Panel (F9). Then, enter this code inside tha actions panel:

stop ();

this.onEnterFrame = function(){
if(rewind == true){
prevFrame();
}
}

this.onRollOver = function(){
rewind = false;
play();
}

this.onRollOut = function(){
rewind = true;
}

this.onRelease = function(){
getURL("http://www.c-infosoft.com");
}

Step 12

Click now on frame 15 of layer action and press F6 key. After that, go again to the Action Script Panel (F9) and enter this code inside the actions panel:

stop();

Now, we're done!

Test your Movie and enjoy!

Professional and High Quality web design in Coimbatore

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In Today’s world, having a greater reach and accessibility has become imperative for any good Business House. We can help you and your organization to establish a global presence through the Information Technology.

We recognize Interactive Website as an effective advertising medium for promoting your products and services to present and future clients. The most important factor in every business is Communication, hence Interactive Website is the best way of communicating with your customers effectively and efficiently

C-Infosoft Technologies caters all your website development needs with perfection. Be it developing a simple and informative website or one with an attractive look and feel; we offer you our quality web services in most attractive and cheap prices.

At C-Infosoft Technologies, planning is our virtue. We don't rush with the development process. Our web analysis team first studies your needs carefully and presents you with a proposed web template. After getting your initial approval, our web design and development team opens its creative and deliver you the unique HTML website

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