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  Post #16 (permalink)   12-28-2008, 02:15 PM
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1. If the website visitor is using Firefox and has a not-so-new computer, a flash website or a website with heavy flash animations can take that computer to a crawl.
2. Flash is definitely not good for search engine optimization.
3. Flash is compiled before it is put on the server, therefore it is hard to make changes/updates on a Flash website.

In my opinion Flash can be used -only- when it is a must, there are really good examples on the net like http://home.howstuffworks.com/sewing-machine1.htm where they use flash animations to show how a sewing machine works. This is the correct usage of flash.
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  Post #17 (permalink)   01-02-2009, 01:12 PM
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A little flash here and there might not hurt, but don't over-do it, and keep in mind that SEO will be very difficult.

Personally, I would just stick to standard images/text for most designs. The only time I would go crazy with flash is something that focuses on art/creativity (Music, Clubs, Artists, etc.)
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  Post #18 (permalink)   01-02-2009, 11:49 PM
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Depends on your target audience.

Not everyone has flash plugins installed (I don't on ANY of my computers)
Not everyone has a cable connection (modem users will hate you)
Not everyone likes music and flashing graphics - I hate it personally

If you want to reach the largest audience, go with what has been a proven marketing/media device for centuries - black text on a white (light) background - newspapers, magazines are this way for a reason. Being forced to site through an animation is like watching commercials on TV. I just want the info, and then get out. I definitely wouldn't use it in a business site (unless you're targeting kids).
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  Post #19 (permalink)   01-02-2009, 11:58 PM
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I have heard rumors that google will be optimizing flash to there PR system.
 
 
 


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As some other people have mentioned, it just depends on what you intend on doing. If you're trying to make an extremely professional site that looks like CNN.com (Okay without the articles - but I'm just referring to the layout aspect), then avoid Flash at all costs.

But if you're going to a fun site, like a game with little games, or a family site telling people about your family and friends, then sure in my opinion go for it.
 
 
 


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  Post #21 (permalink)   01-03-2009, 03:36 PM
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Depends on your target audience.

Not everyone has flash plugins installed (I don't on ANY of my computers)
Not everyone has a cable connection (modem users will hate you)
Not everyone likes music and flashing graphics - I hate it personally

If you want to reach the largest audience, go with what has been a proven marketing/media device for centuries - black text on a white (light) background - newspapers, magazines are this way for a reason. Being forced to site through an animation is like watching commercials on TV. I just want the info, and then get out. I definitely wouldn't use it in a business site (unless you're targeting kids).
In my opinion I really like flash and looks professional to me, if the website was done right. Here in the US I think like 70% of the people have internet(correct me if I am wrong) and out of that percent I bet 25% have broadband(dsl, cable) . I haven't had a 56k connection in a long time but I do remember visiting flash websites and it didn't take that long to load the webpage.
 
 
 


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  Post #22 (permalink)   01-03-2009, 09:52 PM
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Don't know what the stats are myself, but it's the same reason that our site is still designed for a 1024x768 audience. Why take the risk of losing the customer

Flash does have it's place, but for me, it normally doesn't belong in business sites (unless you're integrating demos or something).
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  Post #23 (permalink)   01-04-2009, 02:21 AM
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I'd really try to avoid using flash on a business web site. It increases load times by quiet a bit. If you do use it, be smart about it. Don't design a whole web site using only flash.... that's not very smart.
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  Post #24 (permalink)   03-24-2009, 02:31 AM
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I think it depend on the target of your site. 90% of the flash site shouldn't be using flash at all... I think.
I'm with you. Sometimes I think there are websites is "over-flash" for their nature of business.
 
 
 


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  Post #25 (permalink)   03-24-2009, 07:26 AM
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I am a flash advocate. However, I think if you're really interested in using Flash on your site, it's fine....of course adobe makes very good use of Flash on their business site, and I think the simplicity should be a standard and a bar.

continuing...I think you should keep compatibility in mind. Doing this simply requires that you do a check via javascript for the flash plugin, if it's present, show your animated version of your site. If it's not present, then present your standard non flash version.
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  Post #26 (permalink)   03-24-2009, 08:00 AM
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I too am an advocate of flash, even in business sites. The amount of flash depends on your audience. I'm not real big on splash pages though, and almost always opt through.
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  Post #27 (permalink)   03-24-2009, 08:10 AM
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I remember the first flash website I ever visited. I thought "this is the coolest website ever!", and I believe I actually said that to a friend who agreed. But that was long ago..

I used to be into flash quite a bit. I've done entire sites in flash, then I moved just to using flash for page headers, navigation, and such.. slowly I stopped using it completely..

I haven't seen a flash website in quite a while that doesn't look like a TemplateMonster special. Currently the only use I'd have for flash is ads. Just my opinion.
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  Post #28 (permalink)   04-06-2009, 11:11 AM
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if your flash compliments the site and is still accessible- go for it. Don't just flash for flash sake.
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  Post #29 (permalink)   04-06-2009, 01:32 PM
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I think you need to have a balance of flash on your site, if you use flash. Flash still captures my attention, even before I read any content - especially if well done.
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  Post #30 (permalink)   05-13-2009, 04:12 AM
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Not to Flash! In my opinion flash is not a solution for 95% of the web sites. Its obtrusive and demanding nature just negates the purpose of the Internet! But Flash is attractive and that is the only reason to use it. Although, to be honest Flash is very programmable because of the ActionScript. Nevertheless, in most cases it's not the best solution.
 
 
 
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