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Will Flash ruin it?

Serves me right for being Flash?

     
9:03 pm on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hiya, after copious blood sweat and tears, I'm finally happy with the home page.
However, I'm tempted to add a swf graphic of a car zooming accross the screen.

Q. Will it affect my rankings in any way.

My page is currently under 4k , it will be nearer 30k with the flash, will this scare people off?

Q. If I put the swf at the end of the page, will it load the rest of the page first and as quick as it used too?

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Fred

9:09 pm on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I think you will be ok. 30kb is really small, so it shouldn't scare anyone away.
9:17 pm on May 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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For me though please don't add sound. That scares me from any site, I can handle a little flash but makes sure if flash ins't intalled that the person doesn't get undesired results. for example a FF browser on unix may not like the way you put the flash in so just do a little testing to make sure you aren't abondoning anyone or freezing their browser.

Also see the new IE7 flash implementation that will have users "click to activate" flash content.

4:09 pm on May 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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that "implementation" you discussed is a necessary evil as a result of a lawsuit microsoft is going through, once the courts are done with it, it will be removed. and its not IE7 its all versions of IE.
11:00 am on May 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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O.K then, Flash it is.

The car zooming accross, will be with a transparent background and over the current content. Ive tried this but the flash is just inserted in between, not on top of the body text. How can I get it on top?

Also I would like the page to load nice and fast as before.
Presumably I can make the browsers load it last.
Is there any way to do this?

Thanks
Fred

11:07 am on May 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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How about a motorcycle instead of a car?
Being smaller and taking less space, maybe you can cut down the file-size. -LH
11:42 am on May 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ha Ha, no the sites about cars.
I'm not sure how big it will be yet,
it starts small then gets bigger as it approaches.