If you’ve been using the web for a while, you know how Flash – which originally started as a way to play audio and video for multimedia productions – became the standard for web animations, especially in the late ’90s / early ’00s. This was even more true when YouTube chose to use Flash, which quickly put competing formats like Real Audio / RealVideo out to pasture.
But with the popularity of Flash, came the rise in malware attacks against it. And that continues today, with numerous exploits found and taken advantage of, while Adobe puts out updates and patches to close the security holes. And because of this, and the rapid way Flash became popular, there has been, and continues to be instability in the Flash platform – causing system crashes, slowdown and more. This is a big reason why Apple dropped support of Flash in 2012, as well as Android later.
When it comes to websites, Flash is also not the most efficient way to animate. It can often cause slow loading pages, incompatibilities with browsers, or incorrect formatting on different devices. HTML 5 on the other hand, is much more streamlined, and has a rich feature set for mobile devices. And if you want a responsive optimized website, HTML5, not Flash is the way to go forward. There is much more consistency in formatting and presentation no matter what type of device you’re using to view the content.
Our websites take advantage of the rich feature set and stability of HTML5. They load faster, look better, scale to format, and require less code to achieve the same results. And a faster loading, better looking site means a happy customer. And that’s really the bottom line.
So if you’re thinking of a website redo, and your developer is suggesting Flash, let him/her know that you’d rather go with the most reliable and contemporary HTML5. If you don’t get the answer you’d like to hear, give us a call, and we’ll be happy to take over the project.
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