Since Flash came into our life, there have always been “two camps”: Flash-lovers and Flash-haters. All of the “lovers” and “haters” have their own reasons of loving or hating it. As for me, all the disputes on this theme have no sense, until we’ve got a really worthy substitute for Flash.
There are tons of information written on the subjects “to use or not to use…”, “advantages and disadvantages…”, etc. I think it’s not the point Flash is good or bad, – it just certainly has its place – that’s it. And the “members” of the “two camps” should understand that there is nothing to argue about. If you are a photographer or designer and you need motion, interactivity, – Flash will definitely be the right choice. If you wish to express your originality, with Flash you will achieve that. But if your website is about delivering straight up information, then CSS/(X)HTML will work good for you. In other words, HTML is great for informative websites, and Flash is perfect for creating unforgettable effects.
Since I myself am a little partial to Flash, this showcase will not be devoted to “the best HTML websites”:)
The Flash websites I have selected for this post are all professionally developed; they are not only visually attractive, but are also functionally correct, load in a few seconds and disprove most of the existing mistaken opinions as for Flash that have been spread around, i.e.:
- All Flash websites load slowly;
- All Flash websites have long loading intros;
- It’s impossible to use SWFWheel on Flash websites;
- You cannot select and copy the text content on Flash websites;
- All Flash websites have music blaring starting automatically;
- Flash websites are bad for SEO (be sure it is a myth);
- It’s impossible to use the “back” button; etc.
So, view the showcase and draw a conclusion yourself…
1. Lyndon Wade
16. Thomas Spiessens
19. Vanio Ivanov
20. Ian Wharton
29. Ars Thanea
32. Zum Kuckuck
34. Jon Ruppel
Of course, it doesn’t mean that the whole internet should be Flash, but without it everything would be so boring! What do you think?