To Flash Or Not To Flash

To Flash or Not to Flash, that’s the question? No, not that type of flash, where’s your mind at. I’m talking about Adobe Flash for your website, that thing that gives your website fancy moving things, or movies that play on your website, lots of which are created with Adobe Flash or another program that use Flash Code to make all that fun stuff happen.

But now it looks like with all the new smart phones out their, that cannot handle Flash Code, like the iPhone, and others. Big companies like Apple and Virgin Airlines, who have said they will be dropping the use of Flash on there websites, and use HTML 5 code. Chief information officer (CTO) Ravi Simhambhatla told The Register:

“I don’t want to cater to one hardware or one software platform one way to another, and Flash eliminates iPhone users. This year is going to be the year of the mobile [for Virgin].”

And Adobe has fired back at Steve Jobs after the Apple boss allegedly attacked Adobe Flash for being “buggy” and referred to the Flashmakers as “lazy.”

“I can tell you that we don’t ship Flash with any known crash bugs,” Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch wrote today in a back-and-forth with commenters on an Adobe corporate blog, “and if there was such a widespread problem historically Flash could not have achieved its wide use today.”

Of course look at the wide spread use of a major operating system (who will remain un-named) with all types of bugs. It looks to me like what I have said for years, Flash has its place online, but if you are wanting to service the largest about of people on the web, stick to the basics for the most part. And this would be HTML based websites. Now, this does not mean you have to learn how to code HTML my hand, I’m writing this in WordPress and when you view it, you are seeing this with your browser in HTML.

And I didn’t hand code any of it, it was all done in the background, generated by WordPress and my hosting server.

Of course if I drop in a simple Flash Banner below here:

You should see it in your browser if you have a Flash plugin. And if you have a new iPhone or any smart phone, use it to browse to this page and see what happens.

At the least, this will give you an idea about what you’re dealing with, and help you decide if you want to use Flash or drop it like some of the mega companies are. Something to think about.

Head to the comments area, and let me know if you are going to use Flash on your Website?

Until next time,

Mike at

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