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Should My Website Use Flash?|
Fast Flash Facts
It is expensive.
It is not a W3C technology.
It can alienate potential clients who do not have a flash player installed.
It takes longer to load (the average person gives your site 3 seconds before
deciding to stay or move on. Wasting the users time with a big download
can be marketing suicide).
Many flash intros have a "skip" option, because many users find it annoying.
Most larger firms do not use flash.
Search engines canít do much indexing of Flash based content.
Many corporate intranets wonít give their users access to Flash or other plug-ins.
Some companies filter Flash content at the firewall level.
Playback speed varies. Someone viewing Flash on a slower machine will see
a shaky show.
Using Flash for navigation is not recommended. If the user does not have Flash
then they canít navigate your site. A non-flash version of the site will
have to be made increasing development costs.
Section 508 of the 1998 Federal law requires US government agencies and their
contractors to make information equally accessible to people with and without
disabilities. Unless you have a non-flash version of your site it will be viewed
as potentially discriminatory to persons with visual impairments.
Flash is an excellent option for educational and other instructional
MartinasWeb.com does offer Flash Development
We offer Flash development on a limited basis. We are not a Flash development company, by choice. If you require an ALL Flash
Website we would not be the best choice as our expertise is not in Flash development.
Due to our inexpensive Web development rates we have had clients have the Flash portion of the Website
completed by a Flash development company. We have then taken the Flash application and plugged it into the
overall design. Certicom Security is an example of this.
You may view our Website development projects that use Flash content
Websites using Flash will have Flash listed under the "Site Specifications".