Hi Flash gurus. I'm working on a site which uses frames to seperate a Flash animated header and navigation bar from the content. Flash loads in upper frame, content in lower frame.
For SEO purposes, I'd be more comfortable with a non-framed site. I have more experience working with them and I've heard they just rank better. So I would like to kill the frames. But this Flash header and nav bar are pretty cool, and I would like to keep them if possible, rather than converting to dead image files.
So I want every page to be a flat html file which references the same Flash file. Common sense says the user's browser will cache the Flash and I won't be forcing them to re-dload the flash every time they click a link.
But common sense isn't always right, so I would like to check: Does a series of html files all referencing the same Flash file suffer from multiple dloads of the the Flash?
It gets cached as long as caching is on in a given browser. Google can read your navigation and follow the links so having a flash nav is not such a bad thing anymore. Just make sure you have a secondary nav somewhere in plain html to help people who have not downloaded or removed flash.
It won`t reload every time! I`ve seen a lot of sites that use flash navigation header without frames and it works just fine! Once the flash header is downloaded for the first time it loads form the hard drive so you won`t feel a thing!