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Using Flash for Portfolio Sites

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Flash is perfect for snappy presentations and videos. It’s a great way to control the way people receiving information.

Unfortunately, most photography and art portfolio websites are built using Flash so they look more like a video than a website. I discourage this use of Flash for the following reasons:

  • People who want to view a Flash-based photography site have to have a Flash player already installed, or they need to install or update their Flash player before they can view your website.
  • Flash websites take a long time to download, so viewers spend a lot of time waiting.
  • People can’t send a link to a specific page on a flash site. If Mom wants to share pictures of Junior with Grandpa, she sends him the link to the photographer’s site, and he has to sit through the whole presentation.
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