Five Ways Using Flash Can Damage Your Site - Flash in a Supporting Role
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Common Mistake Four: Using Flash on Your Menus or Side Bars
At first glance, using your flash skills to make a set of amazing menus or sidebars for your site may seem like a great way to do things. Like many things that seem great on the surface, this is a bad idea. Admittedly, your sidebars and menus have only a minimal, if any, impact on your SEO, so it won't hurt that. It will, however, prevent anyone who is on a non-flash-installed computer from navigating your site. It also runs the risk of making your site too hard to load quickly on older machines.
There are some other choices for creating dynamic or animated style of menus if that is what your client really wants. Try to use one of these if you have a client who insists upon having this for the site. If you explain the reason, you will probably find them to be respectful of your concerns.
Common Mistake Five: Embedding Too Many Flash Games onto Your Site
This is one that is out there for the people who are creating or adding to their own site without the help of a web designer. Yes, adding a game or even two to your page can help you make your site more interesting, whether it is for bored office workers or tweens. The only problem is that you can create an overload on your site.
If that happens, you will end up with a site that is slow to lead, which as we already saw can be a real problem, since it can turn off your end users. If you want to have a lot of games on one site, then take a tip from the pros. Limit your games to one or two on each page. That way you can offer your visitors a wider selection of games without creating an issue with your site loading slowly.
If you want to, you can even put links on the bottom of each game that will give you the chance to show your end users that you have other games on the site. And you can do this without having to rearrange all of your menus or create a monster flash games page.
One note to the site owner: this is about flash games, but it can apply to any flash embeddables. This does include cute videos and widgets. Games were simply used as the example because they are often the most obvious and the most abused.
Now that you know what to look out for, and even a few ways to get around the issues that come with misuse, you can make great sites that use flash to make them amazing. You'll build sites that will not only look amazing, but that will function beautifully and appeal to your end users.
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