Why NOT to Use Flash

It’s hard to believe that there was actually a time when Flash was a popular approach for websites, but those days are long gone.  Unfortunately Flash has become nothing more than an archaic relic from days gone by that doesn’t even work in most modern browsers without making security exceptions.  The trend as of this post has become technologies like HTML5, canvas and responsive web design.

We have been asked many times in the last couple of years if we think businesses should stop using Adobe Flash.  There is a simple answer we give.  YES!  Here are a few quick reasons why we believe this to be the case.

  1.  Device Issues – Back in 2010 Apple stopped putting Flash on their devices and eventually they stopped supporting it at all.
  2. Browser Issues – Most browsers no longer support or recommend Flash because of the issues it caused (like your PC crashing).
  3. Search Engine Issues – A great way to make sure your business and your site are not seen is to use Flash.  Since search engines are unable to view the content they have no way to bring customers to you.
  4. Calls to End Flash – Major players in the industry are calling for an end to Flash, including the top security officer at Facebook.

So if your website uses Adobe Flash not only are your days numbered, but many people, potential customers and even search engines can’t even view your website.  So yes, it’s time to upgrade.