- SEO: The problem with Flash is that it can’t be fully indexed by the search engines. So, stay away from it if your website strategy has any SEO expectations.
- Browsing on mobile devices: Majority of mobile devices don’t support Flash—including the highly sought after iPhone and a new web browsing device, iPad.
- Text selection: Flash is good for enhancing a story but not telling it. If your site offers information that people would want to select, copy and paste text, then using Flash is inadvisable.
- Web browser functionally: With a full Flash sites, users won’t be able to use back and forward button and browser search function (Command + F)
- Flash is currently not a W3 standard and elements simply do not exist for the data centers to evaluate what a site is about. -Flash SEO
Some people argue that they build flash sites simply to maximize the web experience. However there are options. Here are some example of non-flash sites that deliver a comparable experience to Flash-based sites:
Web developers should carefully consider the needs of their clients and target audience before building a website. Since Flash is supported on a limited number of mobile devices, and isn’t SEO-friendly, it may limit the number of visitors to the site.