Flash is dead as a web design tool

The war over Flash is over as more and more sites and web developers are moving away from Flash-only web solutions.

Flash still has its place in the world of fully interactive designs,  but for small businesses who have not interest in this sort of market using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS3 instead of Flash just makes sense.

The issue is Mobile access to your website – on so many devices Flash will not work. Even those mobile devices that do support Flash it is usually not full support and is unreliable. There is no worse experience than visiting a website from a mobile to find that it can not be accessed if the core of the site is built in Flash.

Flash was the cool tool for websites around 2005 – if you are one of these site owners then it may be time to upgrade to something more accessible.

There are some very clever on-line tools on the market that will automatically detect mobile and switch to an automatic mobile version of your site. Possibly one of the cleverest is Mobify.me where a mobile version of your site can be set up in minutes.

For more advice on making your site more Mobile friendly and on how to find out if people are visiting your site from mobiles please contact Community Connections Cambridge

Time to look at your website on a mobile

More and more website owners are taking the time to make their sites mobile friendly. Having a mobile compatible or mobile optimized website means that not only will your site load faster over cellular data connections but that content will be better formatted for the screens of smaller devices, making it easier to access and understand.

Smartphone adoption soared in the UK in 2010 with 70% of new phones (over 11 million) sold being defined as a Smartphone and we are the leaders in Europe. As this continues more of our online time is spent on our phones. This means there is growing pressure on making sure that small businesses have a mobile website that is fast and pleasant on a mobile to improve your website’s total effectiveness.

Luckily for small websites help is at hand and sometimes at very little cost.

WordPress.com – If you are using a WordPress.com then these sites are already mobile friendly if you choose it to be. If you look at Appearance and Extras you will see a “Display a mobile theme when this blog is viewed with a mobile browser” option. This needs to be ticked.

RSS feeds- If your website has an RSS feed then this can be used as the mobile offering. This isn’t an ideal solution but it works – try Mippin.com

Mobile Re-direct – There is simple javascript code that can be used to detect a mobile phone and redirect your site to a mobile version. This is commonly used by a range of websites that can take your website and make it “mobile friendly” on the fly. So if your site conforms to a set of simple templates this can work very well. Try Mobify.me which has a range of really good solutions which work across a wide range of mobile platforms.

Community Connections is very happy to help and advise small businesses on  how to make the most of their website.