Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 50.17.5.36

Forum Moderators: not2easy

Message Too Old, No Replies

Effective use of Flash for business websites

How can we use Flash effectively?

     
4:33 pm on Sep 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member nick_w is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 4, 2002
posts:5044
votes: 0


Hi everyone,

In this thread [webmasterworld.com] we talked about how all flash websites (ie: one big file) is a bad thing.

What effective uses of Flash have you implemented or seen in a small to medium sized business website?

Cheers

Nick

4:36 pm on Sept 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 27, 2002
posts:1422
votes: 0


We use it for interactive maps of real estate developments. I've seen it used very effectively for some product demos as well.
4:43 pm on Sept 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member nick_w is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 4, 2002
posts:5044
votes: 0


Yes, product demos was the first thing I thought of.

Also, small, non-essential enhancements such as logo's and 'teasers',

Nick

4:46 pm on Sept 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member blobfisk is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 25, 2002
posts:3185
votes: 0


The very best use I have seen is on the Broadmoor Hotel site. Specifically their reservations system: reservations.broadmoor.com [reservations.broadmoor.com].

The reservation system is done by iHotel, but it's very, very nice. I have used Flash to do product showcasing for SME sites... but I tend to shy away from it in general.

12:51 am on Sept 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:May 9, 2002
posts:241
votes: 0


I think flash is at its best when used for deploying online learning schools that uses diagrams, pictures, etc ... like networking lessons of oracle.

BTW, I have seen the hotel site that was given above, when Macromedia Studio MX was launch here in Manila, Phils. and they use it as an example. :)

8:53 am on Sept 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:July 3, 2002
posts:1590
votes: 0


Yup- Macromedia did the same thing in London with the Broadmoor site.

We use it a lot for interactive maps and in one instance, for building a menu system. It is always a struggle for the designers to get it pushed through, however, which is good. Flash should only be used when there is a specific reason no other tool can do the job. Many sites have flash just for the sake of flash (or because they are paying some designer $$ and need to use her).

4:54 pm on Sept 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member mivox is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Dec 6, 2000
posts:3928
votes: 0


I've seen flash used extrememly well for interactive technical presentations... where the whole thing is basically a step-by-step animated diagram, with points where the user can interact with the animation, stopping it, clicking for more information, etc.

Excellent work.

11:46 am on Sept 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

New User

10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 6, 2002
posts:4
votes: 0


Flash usage depends a lot on scripting. I have noticed that doing lots and I mean lots of things using the actionscript of Flash, has significantly reduced the size of files, making it much faster to load. By using AS (action script) will keep users interest, and interaction to you business site.
5:01 pm on Sept 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Apr 4, 2002
posts:236
votes: 0


I just created an Order Wizard for one of my sites with Flash, kind of a one page shopping cart. Customers are taken through the order proccess step by step, then all the calculations are done in flash and the output gets sent to a printable page, so now all I have to do is send one var to payment proccessing.

A lot of action scripting is used and it took a while to work out the bugs, but the end result is a very user friendly interface! Even added options to go back an edit the info being supplied before final submition.

dhdweb

6:01 pm on Sept 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member nick_w is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 4, 2002
posts:5044
votes: 0


Do 'non flash' users not concern you?

Sound cool but.....

Nick

7:07 pm on Sept 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Apr 4, 2002
posts:236
votes: 0


Who doesn't have Flash? All major browsers have the plug-in by default! Plus, it is designed with Flash 4 in mind for those who have not upgraded. And on top of that, I have a way for them to contact me for a manual order. And if all else fails, and they don't want to do that, I have a link to a blank order form that they can print out and mail or fax to me.

To date I have not had a manual order placed :)

dhdweb

7:17 pm on Sept 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member nick_w is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

joined:Feb 4, 2002
posts:5044
votes: 0


Yes, I imagine the 'non flash' visitor is not a problem.

Moz 1.0 for Linux didn't come with it pre-installed though... Guess that's also a minimal group though ;)

Nick

3:47 pm on Sept 24, 2002 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

joined:Sept 12, 2002
posts:885
votes: 0


And on top of that, I have a way for them to contact me for a manual order

dhweb - I'm not sure I'm in a demographic you are targeting, but I never install flash even when I'm using a Windows machine, which is rare away from work. (And even work has plans to switch to Linux eventually) If my alternatives were to use a flash order form, a maual order, or print out an order form and mail it in, I'd take option (d) and buy from your competitor. I have only once ever filled out a manual order form for a product with a web site, and that was for some particularly excellent Sri Lankan tea that as far as I was concerned didn't *have* any competitors. I probably wouldn't even have done that if an ex girlfriend hadn't given me some that she brought back from Sri Lanka, convincing me that the stuff was three or four cuts above my usual source. They have since upgraded their site to have an ordering system I can use. If you want my business, flash needs to be incidental to the functionality of your site.
6:51 pm on Sept 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Apr 4, 2002
posts:236
votes: 0


People who are savy enough not to install flash or users running off the norm OS's and or browsers, most likely won't need my service anyway! :)