5 reasons to never use Flash on your website

Waqas Yousaf October 21, 2016 1 Comment

Back in the 2000’s, When Flash came out first time with its smooth animations and sound support, It amazed me. I learnt Flash animations so that I can make my website cooler (I know but It was early 2k) but now days I recommend my clients to tick off the flash off their project list for following reasons

Stability and performance issues

Flash can make low end machines crippling slow because it guzzles resources like nothing else. Remember the browser crashes when you tried loading it in the past? Yeah.

Poor Usability

Who would like to encounter a 3-minute intro before browsing the website? Newsflash: No one has that much time. It also uses some effects (Mouse Roll over) that touch devices can’t understand, and try navigating a website with flash navigation, It’s the easiest recipe to hate your life, and don’t even get me started on that horrid UI/UX.

Better Alternatives

Developer use different JS libraries (JQuery, the most popular) to have great visual effects and animations on your website without straining your system. You can embed a video with HTML5 without any Flash these days. How cool is that?

Apple don’t and wont support it.

Apple devices don’t support flash. You won’t like to sacrifice a huge chunk of visitors to have some funky animations on your website. Would you?

And Finally,

Its disaster for SEO

Its internet age and Everything comes down to the SEO aka Search Engine Optimization. Search engines don’t recognize it. Simple. Search Engines loves to parse content. While flash can provide them some meta tags but It really effect the search engine optimization of your website in negative way.

AboutWaqas Yousaf
Waqas Yousaf is a senior web applications developer and social media marketing wiz.
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  1. sam haris
    December 2, 2016

    good article

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