Don’t Use Flash…

Don’t Use Flash…

January 5, 2011  |  Hints & Tips

Flash is a KILLER

Adobe Flash is a technology that is popular for adding animation and interactivity to web pages.  It’s usually easy to spot a website that uses Flash by either a loading bar or some sort of fancy animation throughout the website.  Flash is hugely popular.  In fact up until a little under a year ago, I was using Flash to develop websites for my clients (e.g., I had even won awards for my use of Flash in several interactive CD’s for the U.S. Army Corps.  But now I’m telling you to avoid Flash like the plague!

What happened?  In a word…Apple.  Steve Jobs the head honcho over at  Apple has decided to completely boycott Flash as a technology (you can read his letter by clicking here).  What this means in laymen terms is that Flash is not available on Apple’s mobile devices.  Any portion of your website that uses Flash is now completely inaccessible to website visitors using the iPhone, iPad, iTouch etc.  Try it yourself.  If you are using an iPhone or an iPad, try visiting the website above.  You’ll see nothing.  The entire website is unavailable to you because it was completely developed in Flash.  There are also mobile devices other than the Apple products which also don’t allow for the use of Flash.

With the speed at which mobile devices are rapidly replacing desktop computers, it’s in your best interest to avoid using Flash on your website.  But what if you have to use Flash?  Or what if your entire website already exists as a Flash developed website?  Not to worry.  We now have the possibility to show a different website to visitor depending on what device they are using.  Any web designer worth his/her salt can create a second version of your website that is developed specifically for mobile devices.  But perhaps you don’t have the time or money to develop a completely new website.  At the very minimum you should put together a basic page with your contact information.  This will avoid your visitors on the mobile devices from seeing a completely blank page.

If you need help developing a mobile friendly version of your website, please use the Contact Us page to send us an email.  Leave a comment below if you have any questions or comments :)