Why Flash is Bad for Your Website
Let’s just say that sometimes it throws me into a blinding rage.
Flash was once very popular on the internet years ago, but now it can be frustrating for many users. Below are some reasons why Flash has become less popular in our changing era of technology.
It Requires a Plugin
First of all, a web browser requires installing the Adobe Flash plugin in order to display the content, which can be a somewhat convoluted and irritating installation process. It also needs to be kept up-to-date in order to work.
Flash content can be slow to load, especially if the application or website is content-heavy and a viewer has a slow internet connection. Older computers may also have a difficult time trying to play flash content. Sometimes it will cause a browser to crash. Any of these reasons may cause a visitor to become impatient and/or frustrated and may not visit your website at all. And now, with the increasing rates of mobile traffic to websites, flash can be a problem for mobile browsers since many mobile and tablet devices do not support it. In addition, basic text functions such as copy and paste are impossible to do. Without basic text, those who are disabled cannot properly access a site with screen readers. Text is the most crucial part of a website and Flash simply does not handle it well.
Poor Design Standards
To make changes to any flash website, application, or a simple animated element, Actionscript can be very time consuming. This is part of the reason why it is incredibly expensive to design and develop with Flash. While it may be good for some online games or media, it does not conform to today’s web standards. Flash does not allow the use of a back button since the content on Flash-based websites is usually displayed on one page. You also can’t right-click to save images that are embedded into a Flash site.
No Search Engine Optimization
Another downside to a Flash-based website is that search engines cannot index the content of the site. That means lower search engine ranking or no indexing at all. It would also be nearly impossible to direct visitors to the correct page of a site via a particular url, since everything is located within a .swf file.
Web development standards have changed drastically over the last few years, especially with the introduction of smartphones and other mobile devices. As a result, Flash is no longer as prominent as it once was, and new, more efficient development practices are taking its place.