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Flash or HTML Website? What works best for me?

Thomas Moore - Monday, July 06, 2015 RSS

This is a tough question that has many layers to answer. There are those on both sides that scream approval for their point of view. What about me? Well, I live by a simple code, “What works best for my client”. Sounds kind of wishy-washy, huh? Actually it’s not. It’s a legitimate answer.

HTML sites are loved by search engines and are easy to put requirements to help grade a site. And boy, are there a lot of requirements. Many things add points to a grade, while adversely there are a lot of negative things to subtract from a score. The trick is to do all of the little things that search engines like.  With more sites needing to be heavily information based, HTML sites are better. In my opinion, I like HTML sites. But, heck, that’s just me.

Flash sites are nice and designers are free to do just about anything when it comes to user interaction and design. Only within the last year or two could you develop flash sites that could be search engine friendly. While these are some really great attributes about flash, there are also pitfalls.

With the advent of user –friendly content management systems (CMS) the clients have greater control over content of their sites, while freeing up designers and developers more time to design and less time doing small text or image changes to a site. Clients love these aspects as it gives them some real control of their sites and an actual feeling of accomplishment. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people that would like to dabble in their site instead of waiting on the designer or developer to make those changes when they could fit it into their schedules.

HTML 5 and CSS3 are now being quickly being developed to replace the current HTML standards. Why is this important? When added to the increasing development and implementation of java script and jquery, the coming soon HTML5 and CSS3 offer amazing options over flash. Being HTML, it is completely search engine friendly and can be accessed via the CMS.

Well, obviously, there is more to this, but hey, how much are you going to read in one sitting. Plus, I got to have some options to write about in the future, right? I’ll write more on this in the future. Keep checking back for more.

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