Why Your Website Doesn’t Need Flash
Many people request website designers to build a Flash-based website. There is some merit in using Flash for some very specific types of websites, but in general, the illusion of somehow a site being better by mere usage of Flash is a deceiving one.
Flash-based websites are much more difficult to make right. Creating a Flash website requires the skills of someone who is capable of creating interactive graphics and animations. Forget about the word Flash for a second. This simply means that an individual skilled in creating something that is not easy to create will be required. The worst thing you can do is hire someone who will tell you they can create a Flash-based website, having absolutely no creativity in making something interactive in a way that is proper to use in this context.
Usually a Flash website will cost more than a regular website. I outline the costs associated with building Flash websites in this article how much does it cost to build a flash website. Web designers readily accept such a request because they are looking to use the Flash technology to collect more money from their clients. But is Flash web design really worth the higher price?
What most people who refer to websites as Flash-based really mean is that they want their website to have fun animations that make their website look more professional. This is especially true for homepages that use effects such as image slideshows. Yet, what they don’t realize that in modern world of web development these animations can be created using other technologies such as jQuery and HTML5.
In addition, Flash based websites will not work on the iPhone. An increasingly large number of people today use mobile devices. It is possible that a paying customer using a mobile device will not be able to be enticed enough by the lack of Flash in their mobile browser, resulting in a lost sale for your business. HTML5 and jQuery-based animations will work on an iPhone and moreover can produce exactly the same effects that Flash does.
So do we really need Flash? Probably not. If you are interested in making a content-based website the answer is: Most likely not. After all none of the websites I am running right now use Flash. The websites that not only generate a passive income but also educate millions of visitors every month on various subjects I enjoyed writing about.
Of course this is only true for content-based websites. If you are building a web application, there are specific cases where you simply can’t avoid using Flash. However, in many cases it is still possible to replicate the results of a Flash application using HTML5 (specifically the canvas tag) and jQuery. One of my favorite Flash-based websites is called Club Penguin, which is a great example of the proper use of Flash technologies. But how many kids will be unable to play using their parents iPhone?