August 27th, 2003, 10:01 AM
Business website design (flash or no flash?)
Recently I have begun to develop some business websites and I notice that a lot of my local competition uses flash for their designs. Some of their sites are nothing more than loading one flash .swf. I do not agree with this for various reasons...
Anyway, although I do not think one exists, can anyone show me a major business website (asside from computer-graphic-related companies, such as video game companies, multi-media companies, etc.) that extensively uses flash?
All opinions on the topic welcome.
Last edited by Doucette; August 27th, 2003 at 10:05 AM.
August 27th, 2003, 10:54 AM
i don't know if you would consider this extensive but it's deffenitly not computer related
my bad, it's not a major buisness and they don't use flash throughtout their site.. sorry .was thinking something else.
Last edited by lunatic; August 27th, 2003 at 10:56 AM.
August 27th, 2003, 12:29 PM
If you build your site for flash, you block a certain % of web users. Now granted Flash is probably in use by 99% of the active community you still have to deal with outdated software, slow computers, slow net connections, etc.
IF you want your page viewable to the largest audience stick with html 3 or 4
In reality though, I recommend either going ALL flash (and offering an html alternative) or just using flash for your header.
August 27th, 2003, 03:02 PM
It all depends on your target clients. If they are selling something that is more cutting edge or just straight up fun like a Gaming site, than flash is fine! But if you are a traditional business I would stay away from the flash for the important part's of the website.
If you still wish to do flash just make sure you do it in things that are not needed. If you did a menu some users would be confused as how to navigate.
September 4th, 2003, 10:01 AM
If the business is going to be selling anything from their website, stay the hell away from flash. End users want speed and clean design with easy navigation.
Now if they a product they want to demo, then using flash for that part of the site or if its more of an "Online Brocshure" you can proably get away with it.
September 4th, 2003, 12:38 PM
September 4th, 2003, 01:34 PM
I completely agree.
Most of these companies promote products that sell on emotion and impulse buying. They require images to sell. It's not like they are selling books or computers. Thanks for pointing out these sites to me. I'm trying to draw a line where flash is beneficial and where it is most definitely not.
September 15th, 2003, 04:46 PM
Personally, I don't think extensive use of Flash is a good idea. It limits SEO, isn't viewable by all, and is all too often an excuse to try out gimmicks, rather than being for the purpose of delivering something essential. Few sites (if any) need Flash.
September 15th, 2003, 04:59 PM
I guess it depends on what type of company you are trying to be. I think that all flash sites, are a no no unless your site doesnt sell anything. If you are selling products, having flash images or flash advertising is a good idea. it catches the eye.
September 15th, 2003, 05:18 PM
There are usability issues with Flash, especially if you're basing your entire page off of a flash animation, as opposed to augmenting an HTML/text page w/ a Flash image or animation.
1. Navigation buttons are rendered useless
2. Text-to-speech applications - for those users who are absorbing web content with senses other than their eyes - are rendered useless
3. Sites using Flash as the basis for their content are not readable by text-only browsers, such as Lynx
4. Short of capturing the screen, saving the image in a photo editing software application and printing it, there is no method for printing HTML pages w/ Flash
5. You cannot search a Flash page for a specific string of text w/ your browser
6. Search engines cannot parse or catalog content w/in your Flash file, meaning you miss out on any search engine benefit
Those are just for starters... not to mention that some users simply do not install flash.
September 15th, 2003, 06:55 PM
September 15th, 2003, 07:27 PM
Measuring popularity is not itself a guarantee of quality, nor can it be construed as a measurement of best practices. As an example, Microsoft's Internet Explorer is currently employed by over 90% of all web users, yet Mozilla and Mozilla Firebird are clearly better designed web browsers - closer to standards, smaller in size, faster in loading, and they provide more user-friendly options (such as ad and popup blocking) than MSIE. Still, MSIE prevails.
Flash has uses - it just happens that those uses are best suited for advertisements, not the bulk of a website's display, content or navigation functionality.
September 15th, 2003, 11:33 PM
Very true, and I agree. However, you will never see a site with the traffic of these most-popular website having horrible and major flaws in their designs. Perhaps there are some websites with less traffic that make better use of each visitor, that are more optimized, but the popularity and the money put into these high-traffic websites guarantees they are closer to perfection than just your average website built by your average developer. That's all I was getting at.
Just choosing flash bcoz your competitors are having is not right way! See websites are meant for business, businesses not for websites! There are more advanced functionality which can give even better effect than flash! Better one should give emphasis on the customer needs, their reaction, visibility. (Do you know a well known search engine does not like flash- Google). So ask your designer to ensure usability of your customers, leave how your competitors have done it.