I hate flash websites. I hate waiting for them to load, I hate the totally unintuitive browsing with no back button and I hate the way you can’t cut and paste content you like. From a developer’s point of view, making changes can be a nightmare as well, or so I’ve heard.
Here’s what Guy said –
1) I’d quote from some of its pages for illustration, but Flash doesn’t allow cut and paste. So I can’t.
2) I’d point you to one or two of its pages, but Flash doesn’t include hyperlinks. So I can’t.
3) Flash is great for video. But there’s no video on the site.
4) It has a link (again, I can’t point you at it!) called “clients” which doesn’t list the clients, or give contact details. Not even contact details for the executive who’d handle the accounts!
5) It includes phone contact information. Unfortunately, it’s Flash, so I have to re-type the data for my address book… can’t cut and paste. Oh, and it’s tiny tiny print, so anybody over 40 will have to get their reading glasses out. Of course, nobody who matters is over 40, so that’s OK.
Worst of all, the text isn’t searchable and, I may be showing my ignorance here, so search engines can’t send their spiders into Flash sites.
What use is an unsearchable, unquotable, unsharable website in the new age of content sharing, citizen journalism and amateur pundits like myself? Flash is great when its embedded into a “proper” web page, but as a whole site, I think not.
UPDATE – I was playing around with Digg and submitted this story. Don’t worry, it’s only been “dugg” twice so I hardly gamed the system, just experimenting. Anyway, the obviously intelligent “BeauXdidLeigH” commented thus:
The following is a letter I’ve sent to several site managers recently.
We want information….. INFORMATION!
Flash is an accessory, a bell or whistle, NOT the foundation for a website.
What a waste of development dollars! (As they’ve been saying for years, “The only way to make any money from Flash is by selling Flash.”) Yup, there’s one born every minute.
Too often it is used on sites with minimal substantial content,
or to detract from the relevant content of a webpage.
With an increasing number of the serious surfers not using, or uninstalling Flash,
having MEANINGFUL content available only in Flash, sends people elsewhere to find
the information they seek.
In this century, arriving at ANY site with a page requesting a plug-in or a log-in, sends me away to more fruitful pastures. Having a PDF reader is an exception: it is used for the disemmination of (primarily) INFROMATIONAL content. Flash, on the otherhand, is the exact opposite.
If you’re a Flash-only, or heavily Flash-reliant site, you may as well save your hosting fees. People will migrate to a more functional website. Use Flash for multimedia and little kids’ sites.
“Too bad your site was worthless to us.”
Fortunately, its the ‘Net, there’s always another option.
…couldn’t have missed much that mattered.