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. IVT
    Apr 6, 2010

    WAKE UP :)
    Well, for web applications (not sites) the new standard is Flash and will be Flash. One may stick to use three descriptive languages (html, css, javascript) working differently at each platform with many headaches, or use a single solution like flash which can present ideas in 3D in an environment where standard browsers even can not natively draw lines or curves (you can kick your guts and write a javascript for drawing but this is not native support eh?).
    Flash 8 is history.
    Beginning from Flash 9, it contains a very VERY powerfull scripting language named Action Script 3 (AS3) with amazing libraries. Actually people in adobe themselves are nowadays trying to put restrictions to the network access capabilities of it. They’ve created THE monster.
    Google NOW can index swf content, dynamic loaded swf content into a swf, dynamic loaded data to swf etc. So check it out [Or keep saying flash is animated gif and browse web with mechanic calculators].
    Now we have the opportunity to build an application specific browser in browser which works almost everywhere (except the stone age things like lynx well lynx serves something else anyway) .
    So believe or not… That flowchart is out of date…

  2. IVT
    Apr 6, 2010

    Additional Notes:
    1) Good programmers make efficient short codes and data formats which can be loaded fast. Big chunks mean lausy programming in general.

    2) For the unlucky minority which does not have flash support in their browsers…Well what the? That is all free stuff. Use a firewall or vm and enter the web like that. Cease the paranoia.

    3)Considering the impaired, a correctly built flash application SHOULD use accessibility libraries (which are built in).

  3. João Leitão
    Jun 18, 2010

    haha nice way to explain how a website shouldn’t be done in Flash. thank you, greetings from Sahara Desert!

  4. DumDum
    Jun 23, 2010

    U all r tupid

  5. Chris Goward
    Jul 11, 2010

    Good post! There’s quite a discussion about the merits of Flash site design here too:

  6. Brent Gockerell
    Sep 11, 2010

    Nice Post..!

  7. Shingetsu
    Oct 10, 2010

    But true.
    I was thinking of it… But CS5 is expensive…
    And i can’t find any DESCENT open source flash compilers… so yeah

    body {
    text-color:grey }


  8. watch
    Oct 23, 2010

    come true.

  9. Simon Miskimmin
    Nov 6, 2010

    Brilliant! I’m not sure what is funnier, the chart or the comments below it, epecially from the Flash guys, they rise to the bait in a……..flash. Sorry, could not resist!

  10. Megan
    Feb 20, 2011

    Flash no longer has an SEO issue for those who know how to use it… as (No.1) Flash is HTML based and offers comprehensive SEO solutions. It requires a different approach than pure HTML but it’s rather easy to make your Flash site highly visible online. (No. 2) All major browsers can easily display Flash content. (No. 3) Flash offers the absolute best ways to interest your viewers (and keep them interested) unlike pure, limited HTML or slow running JAVA. and (No. 4) Many major companies have created their web sites almost entirely in Flash due to it’s vast versatility such as YouTube and Facebook.

    It is difficult to master much of Flash… but if it was easy, every webhead would be doing it. Flash software is designed for the true DESIGNER. Not the wannabees (like most of the comments on this page) or the programmer.

  11. Ian
    Apr 1, 2011

    What about Steve Job’s. He said flash is bad so, you know.

  12. Mark @ Blue Orange
    Oct 24, 2011

    I would advise against using a purely flash based site, but it’s not so bad in google’s eyes now. Also you’ve got to remember that flash is based on html so can certainly be ‘seo’d’ so to speak.


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