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Limitations Of Using Flash In Web Development

Written on November 7, 2011, by in Categories: Web Development 1 Comment

Although flash is a much-loved web development application program, using this technology has its limitations, especially for commercial websites. Flash is a beautiful application to look at but it also painfully fails to meet some basic criteria for business websites. Some of these limitations are discussed below;

1. Data in Flash is invisible in Search Engines

This is a big omission since most of internet navigators start their web escapades with a search engine, even when they are aware of the domain name. The problem is that the information embedded in this application is not always seen by those visitors. This is a gravious omission as the search engine is like the key or the gatekeeper to the internet.

2. Website reporting is tiresome and problematic on Flash

In a business-oriented websites web analysis is a vital cog that helps sales and marketing experts to analyze website traffic and visitor behavior on the website. This information is important as it helps to improve performance. Getting this information through flash application is an issue as you will be unable to trace navigation inside a flash object. This will be a hindrance to objective and accurate analysis and can lead to wrong conclusions.

3. Flash Distorts Web Use Standards

As great as they are, flash-powered websites break and lose their form as soon as visitors try to utilize them. This is a sure put down for a commercial website that is trying to market the company or a particular product or service. No deed to point out that this problem can cost you colossal business revenues.

4. Flash lacks consistency

Another setback associated with this web development application is that it lacks a consistent track record across platforms. Flash is guilty of not supporting some browsers and this is detrimental to a business site that has to be versatile and deal with varying systems. It does not adhere to the basic principles of web design -that of all website should work with any given browser in any given computer- and so it is a liability in commercial websites. Even on mobile phones it proves difficult to navigate.

5. Users Disable Flash

Well informed web users disable flash so as to give flash advertising, the primary aim of this is to improve page loading time or/ as well as to escape animated flash advertisements. This scenario is detrimental as it affects revenue due from such advertisements.