Top 4 Reasons to Avoid Flash Website Design
In previous years, flash was used heavily in website development projects. Some websites still use it to this day. We have to admit that flash website design projects can even be highly appealing in appearance because of their ability to product great animations, unique sounds and spectacular image rendering. However, this is where the advantages of using flash comes to an end. Many people using flash designs are lured by the features mentioned but if you want your site to rank well, then you might things twice. Here are our top 5 reasons that you should avoid using flash and find alternatives for the highly appealing features. We believe, flash is a thing of the past.
Flash Websites Load Slower
Most people design flash websites because they think that it will provide for a great user-experience. Unfortunately, flash designs actually slow down page and site load times. The fact is, the average user only spends less than 20 seconds reading a page before leaving making page load time extremely vital in keeping users interested in reading your content. If your site loads slowly, we can guarantee that you will lose out on valuable opportunities to convert customers and leads. Flash will put you in that seat and we know you don’t want to be in it.
Security Issues Are More Frequent
Flash website design projects have a variety of issues with security. Flaws, bugs, and malware are common issues that occur. The most common flash design security vulnerabilities involve cross-site scripting, executable code, overflow and denial-of-services. The fact is, flash websites are extremely susceptible to issues. In perspective, flash websites can be looked at very similarly to flash ads. If you’ve been following online news then you’re aware that people are being deterred from allowing flash in their browser due to malicious code that can be transferred through it. Now, ask yourself if this can happen through an ad, what can happen within your website? Part of this comes from the permissions that are set within your server. Flash websites often have low permission settings to allow for certain functions which leave your site extremely vulnerable. It’s safer for everyone for you to stay away from the world of flash.
Cross-Platform Support Is Limited
Flash design has very limited cross-platform support; especially when it comes to Apple devices. Flash website design projects can’t render on Apple’s mobile devices which puts businesses at a huge disadvantage since most of todays search results are done through them. Another mobile and tablet issue that arises is that flash consumes memory and battery power at a much higher rate than websites that are designed using other languages and content management systems.
Site Updates Are Often Complicated
This list item speaks for itself. Flash designs can be terribly difficult to update or impossible for the less technical user. For a business owner who is actively looking to grow, frequent updates are a requirement. Obviously flash will make that more complicated in comparison to a content management systems like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.
In summation, there are better solutions available for those of you who are looking to design a new website rather than using a content management system that utilizes a heavy amount of flash. While flash offers cool animations, sounds, image options and more, it just isn’t worth the trouble you will go through maintaining and updating your vulnerability heavy website. Do everyone a favor and build your project on a safe, user-friendly, platform. If you have questions on how to do this, reach out to us at RC Creative for advice.
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