Should I Make a Flash Site? Flash Website Flowchart.

One of the most common questions that I get asked by web designers and web site owners is whether or not they should create all flash websites. The process of making the decision about flash web sites for SEO (search engine optimization) purposes is actually quite difficult, so I took the time to create a flow chart on whether or not you should create an all flash web site.

Flash Website Flowchart

As you can see, it gets pretty complicated, but hopefully you can apply this flash website flowchart the next time you are trying to decide whether or not you should create a flash web site.

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  1. Evan
    Sep 13, 2006

    hahaha. thats freakin awesome.

  2. Stevil
    Sep 13, 2006

    That really clears things up for me. Thanks!

    But flash is so . . . flashy . . .

  3. mjorge
    Sep 13, 2006

    Many thanks, i was really in need of the chart. Wow…

  4. danae
    Sep 13, 2006

    Thanks for the chuckle – i might use that at work!

  5. Clay C
    Sep 26, 2006

    hilarious! Thanks

  6. Nate K
    Oct 6, 2006

    That is…incredible.

  7. web
    Oct 6, 2006

    Making a flash website SEO friendly is not all that difficult, but it does require effort.

    Flash has it’s time and place and it is often abused.

  8. btraut
    Oct 6, 2006

    You should’ve made the flowchart in flash, so I could blow it up and hang it in my cube without it getting all pixelated.

  9. dave
    Oct 6, 2006

    beautiful. I’m working on a project right now that calls for a flash app on the homepage. I’m working my a*s off to implement what my client wants with a javascript/ajax framework. If they ask, I’ll probably still tell them it’s flash.

  10. That is the correct answer for people who do not know how to develop and SEO Flash web sites. I do understand that this is just for humour purposes, but this is really is a common misconception by all SEOs. Seeing as it is possible to have a super duper SEO’d web site that has a complete Flash presentation layer, this joke really only applies to the people who have no idea what they are doing. That to me is more funny.

  11. Geoff
    Oct 6, 2006

    Flash websites can be made 100% search engine friendly, it just takes a little attitude adjustment (and some Javascript):

  12. Rowan Lewis
    Oct 6, 2006

    You, need to make that into a poster ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. masqueraider
    Oct 7, 2006

    …or a t-shirt ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Rami
    Oct 7, 2006

    Sorry, I don’t get it. Can you clarify the flow chart please?

  15. Haha, great ๐Ÿ™‚ The ultimate joke would be to make a special flash only site with that image on. Perhaps even add som special effects?

  16. boris
    Oct 8, 2006

    flash content can be made searchable and linkable by google. It’s pretty easy. you’re just not quite there yet. maybe you never even tried.

  17. Jens Meiert
    Oct 8, 2006

    +1 for a poster.

    Thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Luke
    Oct 8, 2006

    This is the most awesome thing I have seen this week! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Sebhelyesfarku
    Oct 9, 2006

    Flash is crap for retards.

  20. El Guapo
    Oct 9, 2006

    Flash people are hilarious. Funny how so many of us used to be Flash people, but then grew up to know better, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Chris
    Oct 10, 2006

    I like flash very much and disagree with the above diagram which I think ignores the importance of making the internet exciting with lots o visuals and music, not to mention the possibliity of video and animation!?

    so i think everyone should make flash websites then as with everything, you get used to a new experience.

    what do you think…
    i think you should all wake up to its possibilities


  22. Michael Thompson
    Oct 10, 2006

    I’m being told I have to download some sort of pluging just to view this…


  23. Chuck
    Oct 10, 2006

    We just published a post with some tips on how AJAX and SEO can work together. It’s a great way to compact a good amount of content on a page without having to refresh or clutter the page.

  24. Birgit
    Oct 11, 2006

    Ha ha, pretty funny ๐Ÿ™‚

    I will show this to customers when they ask about an all-Flash website next time.

  25. Renato Carvalho
    Oct 11, 2006


    Very Good!

  26. peter
    Oct 12, 2006

    Bugger – the secret is out – I thought I was the ONLY one telling potential clients that for several years.


  27. Alexx
    Oct 12, 2006

    .. and like the Clash said..

    ” should I Flash or should I Go..”


  28. Erwin Heiser
    Oct 12, 2006

    Man, you just made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Tom
    Oct 13, 2006

    I absolutely agree with you ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. charles
    Oct 13, 2006

    It depends on the site. The medium is the message. The misconception that (in my experience) most clients have is that flash is a “cooler” and therefore “better” version of other web languages. It’s not – it’s just meant for different things. If you’re making a site, for example, that needs to communicate something cinematic, animated, artsy, or weird then flash might be something to consider. There is no “Yes,” and “No,” it depends on your message.

    Also, Geoff at deconcept has indeed done some amazing work with the SEO thing, :

  31. Curtis Morley
    Oct 17, 2006

    Made me laugh. That is a great chart. I had a teacher that would draw flow charts like that.

    Should you build an all Flash site? Absolutely not. Take a look at all the crazy company’s that I found that are doing it. These are crazy people like Disney, Nike, BMW, Pizza hut, Oprah, computer maker – Gateway, ESPN, etc.. Why would you ever want to be like them?

    I don’t think that an all Flash site is a good idea at all. I do think that an all Flash site with SEO is a good idea.


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