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Full flash websites have their advantages and disadvantages it all depends on the purpose of your website and the business that you are in. If your sites sole purpose if for information (bar, restaurant, coffee shop, hair dressers etc) or to supplementation to an existing marketing campaign (you already have a shop front, existing leaflet drop etc i.e. you do not rely on people finding your site through search engines) and your site content does not need to be updated regularly then why not consider having a Flash website. For the rest of you out there that are interested in Flash, we recommend a hybrid design of HTML and Flash.
The Best of Both Worlds is to have an HTML site that has Flash elements in it. Take the important text and navigation out of the Flash animation and have that as conventional search engine friendly HTML code then have the remainder as a Flash animation. A good example here would be a website for a photographer or an artist where the majority of the site (information, location, products, pricing) is written in HTML, and the gallery of work is created in Flash. Another big advantage on the hybrid is that the browsers back button still functions whereas in a full Flash website it does not.
Let us backtrack a little and give you some information of Flash. There are no two ways about it, Flash websites are, how can we put it…..Flashy! They can be used to build a creative user interface, provide that little something extra to differentiate you from your competitors and provide the wow factor a website needs.
The thing is that Flash by itself is not search engine friendly because search engines can only read true text and Flash is like a moving picture even the text in a flash animation is a picture; readable by the human eye but not by computers. That means that all your text and the menu links on your site are invisible to the search engines. Now there are ways to overcome this fundamental drawback of Flash, and that is to have an HTML version of your Flash site, either viewable by the visitor (i.e. you give them the option to enter the HTML site or the Flash site) or hidden in the background only to be seen by the search engines. But this all takes time and money as essentially you are paying for two sites to be designed; hence the 'Best of Both Worlds' approach.