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Five Ways Using Flash Can Damage Your Site
By: Katie Gatto
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    2010-04-21

    Table of Contents:
  • Five Ways Using Flash Can Damage Your Site
  • What is Flash?
  • When Flash Dominates
  • Flash in a Supporting Role

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    Do you love how eye-catching Flash is? While it might seem beautiful to you, it can do some pretty terrible things to your site. If you do decide to use Flash, you'd best be aware of the ways it can damage your site, and guard against them.

    Everybody has wants for their site. They want it to be cool. They want it to be interactive. They want it to be the next big thing.  While that may not be a realistic possibility for all of us there are some things that we can do to encourage your site to become the next big thing. 

    One of the most important things that you can do for your site is a good design. A well-designed site has a number of advantages for your end users, and one important one for you: it will encourage them to come back over and over again, something that every site owner wants to encourage. Of course, talking about a well-designed site is not much use unless you take the time to define what a well-designed site is, so before we begin let's set some criteria for a well-designed site.

    1. It loads quickly. No one wants to wait around for a site to come up in the browser.

    2. It is easy to navigate. No one will spend time trying to figure out how to get around the site.

    3. It is visually appealing. Why make something ugly when a clean and appealing site will get you more visits?

    4. A well-designed site is functional, and in a timely manner.

    5. It loads well on all types of browsers, or at least on the major ones like Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari, as well as on mobile browsers if possible.  

    This will be our working definition of a well-designed site, because it allows for a wide range of sites to be covered.  That way your site will not be excluded.  

    Today however, we are not here to talk about all elements of good site.  We are here to talk about how using flash in an irresponsible way can do damage to that design and actually discourage visitors and put you at an SEO disadvantage.

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