8 Reasons to Move from Flash Sites to HTML Sites

8 Reasons to Move from Flash Sites to HTML Sites

For many years, Flash was a technology widely used in the construction of Internet sites, especially when it was intended to give some animation to the sites, put “things to move”.

His popularity was justified. Creating Flash animations and websites was very easy and quick to implement, compared to the “equivalent” solution on HTML sites: javascript, more complex and less graphics oriented. And so, Flash has been used extensively in animations, banners, menus, entire websites and even web applications.

Until the day Flash technology died!

Almost from day to day, the creators of Internet browsers and then Adobe itself (the person in charge of developing Flash), stopped supporting Flash in modern browsers and especially in smartphones.

Suddenly, millions of websites began to appear “incomplete”, or even stopped loading altogether, a situation that occurs in most smartphones.

It has become so urgent to move from Flash sites to HTML sites, even if you only use Flash in parts of the site.

If you still use Flash on your site, here are 8 reasons why you should immediately switch to an HTML site, for example, a site developed with the WordPress Platform.

1 – Most modern Internet browsers no longer display Flash sites

Most new browsers no longer display a Flash site to users, displaying only a blank / error page. In some cases, the user can still see the site if they follow some instructions (which, realistically, most users do not know / do not follow). In other cases, there is no more chance of doing anything to see the site, it is simply impossible. At this moment, 87% of Internet users use browsers in which Flash is disabled and therefore do not see your site.


2 – Smartphones and tablets do not show Flash sites

Virtually no smartphone or tablet on the market shows Flash sites (at least without the user having to run a series of tricky installations and settings that obviously most users do not). At a time when 56% of users access the Internet via their smartphone or tablet, your site does not appear to any of these people.


3 – Google does not like Flash

Flash has always been a technology more oriented to graphics and animations than to content and texts. Well, Google gives precedence to texts when it decides the order in which the sites appear in their searches. When Google finds a Flash site, it is difficult (or even impossible) to read the texts, that is, for Google, it is as if your site does not have content and, as such, Google throws it to the end from the list of search results.


4 – Google prefers secure sites with digital certificates (https)

Although this issue is not directly related to Flash, it turns out that most Flash sites still come from a time when there was no concern with digital certificates. As such, your Flash site is most likely not marked as secure (https) and as such, Google has one more reason to undermine it in search engine results.


5 – Google prefers sites accessible by smartphones (responsive)

Most Flash sites were designed with a design logic that used the “whole” browser screen. Well, this was great for anyone who accessed the site on a PC with a “normal” monitor. But bad for anyone who accesses the site through a tablet or, worse, through a smartphone, since a Flash site can not adapt properly to the screen size of a smartphone. Well, Google nowadays gives preference to sites that can adapt to smartphones, so in addition to your site not appearing on smartphones, it is still undermined by Google for this in the search results.


6 – It is more complicated to update a Flash Site

As it is now an obsolete technology, it is more difficult (and expensive) to find professionals who work with Flash to be able to make changes to your site or update content integrated in the site. In addition, to work with Flash files, you need to have professional software (quite expensive) from Adobe and have advanced technical knowledge to use this software, that is, it is not something that you can do for yourself, while an HTML site that have a content manager (like WordPress, for example), you can easily and autonomously change the site and content.


7 – Flash sites are heavier and slower to load

Although this rule is not absolute, it applies in most cases. That is, typically a Flash site, even if it only has a few lines of text, is heavier and takes more time to load than an equivalent HTML site. As such, it forces visitors to your site to wait longer for the site to load (which drives away most users) and to spend (both users and you in your hosting) more traffic and bandwidth.


8 – Flash websites have poor accessibility

Users with visual difficulties and / or need to use “screen readers” equipment, see their lives very difficult, since in most cases they will not be able at all to read the content of your site. So if you care (commercially or morally) that your site is accessible to everyone, consider even moving your Flash website to HTML.


For every day you postpone the decision to move your Flash website to HTML you are losing customers.

Tip: The easiest and fastest way to have an HTML site with the WordPress content manager is with the iFlexi OpenSite service, where you have your new website in 24h. More information here: http://www.iflexiopensite.com



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