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Pros and Cons of Flash-based Sites

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Diamond Damien, Mar 11, 2007.

  1. Diamond Damien

    Diamond Damien Owner BlackHatWorld Staff Member Jr. VIP

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    Flash-based sites have been a craze since the past few years, and as Macromedia compiles more and more great features into Flash, we can only predict there will be more and more flash sites around the Internet. However, Flash based sites have been disputed to be bloated and unnecessary. Where exactly do we draw the line? Here's a simple breakdown.

    The good:

    Interactivity

    Flash's Actionscript opens up a vast field of possibilities. Programmers and designers have used Flash to create interactve features ranging from very lively feedback forms to attractive Flash-based games. This whole new level of interactivity will always leave visitors coming back for more.

    A standardized site

    With Flash, you do not have to worry about cross-browser compatibility. No more woes over how a certain css code displays differently in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. When you position your site elements in Flash, they will always appear as they are as long as the user has Flash Player installed.

    Better expression through animation

    In Flash, one can make use of its animating features to convey a message in a much more efficient and effective way. Flash is a lightweight option for animation because it is vector based (and hence smaller file sizes) as opposed to real "movie files" that are raster based and hence much larger in size.

    The bad and the ugly:

    The Flash player

    People have to download the Flash player in advance before they can view Flash movies, so by using Flash your visitor range will decrease considerably because not everyone will be willing to download the Flash player just to view your site. You'll also have to put in additional work in redirecting the user to the Flash download page if he or she doesn't have the player installed.

    Site optimization

    If your content was presented in Flash, most search engines wouldn't be able to index your content. Hence, you will not be able to rank well in search engines and there will be less traffic heading to your site.

    Loading time

    Users have to wait longer than usual to load Flash content compared to regular text and images, and some visitors might just lose their patience and click the Back button. The longer your Flash takes to load, the more you risk losing visitors.

    The best way to go is to use Flash only when you absolutely need the interactivity and motion that comes with it. Otherwise, use a mixture of Flash and HTML or use pure text if your site is purely to present simple textual and graphical information.
     
  2. ishaqjude

    ishaqjude Newbie

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    Nice post Dave.

    Thanks,
    Ishaq.
     
  3. Sickness

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    I dont really like the idea of flash sites..
    They're harder to edit in my opinion, and generally any templates you find you can't put lots of content into them (as of yet i guess), but most of all loading time.. it SUCKS.
    So ill stay to my nice friendly CSS and normal HTML designs until its better, much better :p
     
  4. buck

    buck Regular Member

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    visually a lot of them are cool, but one thing that ive noticed before and well as just today is some sites when you hit back that you have to wait for the whole page to reload again
     
  5. bert6911

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    When I used to make large flash sites, I found about 15% of people would close the page before it even finished loading. I am guessing because they have slow internet and couldn't wait, lol. But i still like them better than boring html!
     
  6. royal

    royal Newbie

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    don't like flash sites at all prefer simple cms sites
     
  7. Free_Ebook

    Free_Ebook Registered Member

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    Flash site will suck so much bandwitch but it look more professional
     
  8. abusulfi

    abusulfi Newbie

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    Flash with Flex, AIR and flash media server gives a verity of web application and other kinds of product development ideas like RIAs, impressive learning interactive material, multi-player games in web, experimental 3d world, actionscript physics, online classrooms, web-broadcasting, video streaming solutions over web, etc. Also these applications are very flexible to communicate and share controls and information with most of the other web development platforms. its really great but most of us are unaware of its scope. i am a professional in this field and you can always contact me - flashintegrator@gmail.com - abusulfi@gmail.com