When I first started dabbling in web design, Flash applications were all the rage and knowing how to “do Flash” was a valuable commodity. Many design firms didn’t even have Flash programmers, so they sourced much of their Flash work. Today, I contend that Flash is a dying technology; all but dead for the following 10 reasons.
While strides have been made to make Flash more search engine friendly, the fact remains that it takes more time out of the development cycle and increases end-client expense.
2. Slow to Load
Nobody wants to take the time for Flash animations to load. Time is valuable and Flash can take way too much time, causing even those with fast connections to leave your website prematurely.
Many Flash animations are just for show, and they offer little in the way of substance. Don’t waste people’s time just to show off a cool-looking site. Concentrate on the info they want and need, and wrap it with great graphic design and modern animation techniques, such as CSS and HTML5.
Flash done right is expensive, and making changes incurs additional expenses time and again.
If your audience doesn’t have the latest version of Flash, they will have to update before they can see your site. Chances are, they won’t be back. Those who do not update expose themselves to security breaches.
While it can work on some phones, Flash is notorious for not consistently working across all devices.
Speaking of mobile, Apple products have a history of not supporting Flash. The prevalence of iPads and iPhones should be enough to convince you that Flash is not the way to go.
Flash is distracting, especially when all you want to do is get the info you’re looking for. Sifting through animations is not ideal when all you want is specific data.
Few things are as frustrating as a browser crash due to Flash. Don’t make your customers reboot because of your Flash site.
There are some uses for Flash, such as dynamic applications and videos. However, creating a website entirely out of Flash is no longer an advanced solution; rather, it’s a heavy expense that only adds overhead and user frustration. If you must incorporate Flash, do so wisely; and always see if another technology might be able to do the job easier, better, and cheaper.