For the past 2 years I have been waiting for Adobe and Apple to play nice when it comes to Flash. It doesn’t look like it is going to happen. Why does this matter? Well, if you want animation on your website that works on an iPad or iPhone, then you need something other than Flash. Apple won’t display Flash. Just a few years ago, web developers like myself loved creating unique slideshows and movies with Flash to uniquely brand certain sites. In fact, we still have some client sites that use Flash animations such as http://www.schiavonewoodworking.com , http://www.growingspaces.com and http://durangospace.com. These intro animations set the company apart in terms of their unique positioning and brand. However, most of the new sites we create now use other slideshow plugins from WordPress.
So, for the past year, I have been designing new slideshows in WordPress. Thanks to the open source platform and millions of programmers around the world, there are quite a few slideshow plugins to select from. Here is an example of a mobile-friendly slideshow:
If you currently have Flash on your site and want it mobile friendly for iPads and iPhones here are a couple of suggestions:
1. Convert the site over to WordPress and install mobile-friendly slideshow plugins. This may cost you a bit since the site has to be redone, but it also will allow you to add photos and make changes yourself. Previously, you had to have Flash and therefore go back to your web developer to change your slideshow. Now, if you can crop photos to a specific size, you can change out the photos yourself. Pro: You will have the ability to not only change your slideshow photos at will, but also add pages and edit your content. Con: Upfront cost of conversion and learning curve.
2. Create a mobile version of your site – Mobile sites are not only formatted to fit the mobile screen, but they load faster and make it easier for mobile users to view your site. By directing iPad and iPhone users to your mobile site automatically, they don’t have an issue with Flash. Pro – not only do you solve the Flash issue, but you also have an easier way for mobile users to view your site, find directions, produce QR codes, and call you easily. Con – set up fees and monthly hosting fees apply.
MTECH Internet Marketing has been helping existing clients do one of the above suggestions. If you would like an estimate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 970-731-6325.