Why Your Flash Site is Outdated

Why Your Flash Site is Outdated

Over the past few years, it’s become clear that Flash is dying.  Having a website made with Flash can be frustrating to your users.

This is partially due to the fact that Apple’s iPhone and iPad products do not support it. You must take into consideration the number of people who will be unable to access it.

Besides Apple products, search engines, such as Google, Yahoo or Bing, will not be able to read your website, as they can’t read Flash. If they don’t know what your website contains, they won’t be able to forward information to potential users.

If you’ve ever looked at the back-end of a flash site, you know how complicated it can be to create and maintain. There are complex elements that are involved, all which have to work cohesively, so your site doesn’t crash. It also takes a lot of bandwidth to support complex flash elements.

Another drawback from Flash is in order to view content, users need to install the plugin and make sure they have the latest version. If not, they must go out of their way to install or update, taking time out of their busy lives, and making their experience less seamless.

Lastly, it’s been shown that Flash consumes excessive amounts of power and is not compatible with a touch screen. It causes a device to heat up, because of this.

So, what has replaced Flash?

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Recent breakthroughs with HTML5 have brought new ways to equip sites with interactive animations, videos, and more. Developers no longer have to rely on flash alone to create these interactive features.

HTML5 stands for “Hyper Markup Language”.  It’s been around for roughly 20 years, but due to recent advances in the latest version, it may be replacing Flash for good. HTML4, the last major version of the language, came out in 1997, and has been tweaked so that it can now handle the demands of modern website trends.

HTML5 is compatible with all browsers and smartphones alike, unlike Flash, making it universally accessible to all users. With HMTL5, users are able to view embedded animations, video clips, and other multimedia content, all without the installation of a plugin, such as Flash.

Some other benefits from HTML5:

small_icons-02Faster loading web pages

small_icons-04Less bandwidth used

small_icons-03Longer battery life on mobile devices

 

Also, users won’t have to keep plugins like Flash and Java updated to the latest versions. When users don’t have the latest version of a plugin, they aren’t able to view content, making it frustrating and more difficult to access.

It’s clear that HTML5 is the future of web browsing. It has forever changed how we view the web!

– Stay Creative