should i switch to a html site (currently have a flash bludomain)due to iPad/iPod use

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  1. pashphotography

    pashphotography TPF Noob!

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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a frequent reader (don't even log in) but I finally have a specific question that someone hasn't already asked before.

    With the dawn of iPads, iPhones etc etc my flash site by bludomain isn't working up to snuff and I'm beginning to feel the need to make the change to a website with at least an html 'backend' or just go straight html.

    I book a fair amount of weddings and portrait business from my site ~ i live in remote Nova Scotia so my site has served me well. I like bludomain's look and feel and it's just been easy for me (contrary to some of the poor people with horror stories out there).

    What do you guys suggest? I know that bludomain has a new HTML 5 site called emmet they are advertising ~ I'm not really sure what my other options are in the same price range.

    I am open to any input and advice. I don't like paying a 'monthly' fee - I prefer to pay a one time lump sum and then just deal with hosting myself.

    Any advice is appreciated!

    Cheers from snowy Nova Scotia :)


     
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    i personally would problaby go with a non-flash site myself. my wife happens to own an ipad and when i was searchign thru photography sites id hit a flash site and when i did i'd just move on. now a few did pique my intrest enough that when i was on my computer i looked them up. but i know some would have lost out just because id move on to the next one. i wouldn't think it would hurt you to have your site available to everyone out there. just makes sence to me that the more people who can see it give you more of a chance.
     
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    This is good advice 12sndsgood ~ I appreciate you taking your time to write me. I must admit, we just got an iPad and I did the same thing when looking at a few websites. It's important to put yourself in the mindset of the consumer rather than the 'artist/business person' point of view (which is hard to do sometimes).

    Thank you again for taking the time to respond! :)
     
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    You can achieve the same results now with HTML 5 and Javascript (and some JQuery, which is Javascript). There are ready made templates out there you can start with if you don't want to design your site from scratch. The nice thing about HTML 5 is it's favorable to mobile devices as well. So the page will render nicely on a 3.7" screen on a phone to you 9.7" iPad or one of the many sizes of Android tablets.
     
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    I've never been a big fan of flash myself. The overhead can be a significant usability issue for people with slower connections and it's a non-starter for the iDevice set. If broader reach is your concern, then a plain HTML site is probably the right answer. HTML 5 support is pretty ubiquitous among the top browsers, but the level of support is still questionable in some cases. Your mileage may vary.
     
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    Just some more of my .02... Please don't have music playing when I hit your site. And if you do, give me a way to quickly turn it off. And please no bright white text on a black background. And if you are going to have a blog, try and keep it updated. Nothing worse than reading a blog and the newest post is from November 2008.
     
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    The one template I am considering is an HTML 5 ~ I've heard that the SEO for these isn't as great as for a straight HTML like a wordpress site for example.. however.. i need the ease of a template site - that I don't have to do the legwork myself on. I'm busy.. very busy (3 kids busy....lol) so I need every moment to be optimized.

    Thanks for the techy advice - I appreciate it. It's all good food for thought.
     
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    As a web developer myself, I would suggest to stay far away from flash. Some people even completely disable flash in their browsers due to multiple reasons. And with Adobe putting the axe in flash on mobile browsers last year, yeah, you should change it. Like NickA said, you can achieve the same with HTML 5 and it'll work very well. And I don't know if you have it now, but you can also code it specifically for mobile devices if it exceeds certain number and it'll be more mobile friendly.
     
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    It's funny you mention - I'm not a big fan of flash myself.. ha ha. It's just that the price was right with the right amount of ease for design so I went with it.. and have been looking forward to a change for a while now. I'm finally at a place where I can have a moment to do that so i'm considering my options. You mentioned that HTML 5 support isn't great - what is the difference between html 5 and flash for example? (is it a viable option?)
     
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    HTML 5 is just plain old HTML, with some new tags (called elements) added. Not all browsers support HTML 5 yet (the new tags) so keep that in mind if you are going to use any of the new tags.

    Check out this site: Premium WordPress Themes, Web Templates, Mobile Themes | ThemeForest. They have really good templates for a decent price. You can get WordPress templates from there too. The nice thing is that they give you all the files, even the .psd files. So if you want to do some customization, you can. Although they are good right out of the box.
     
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    I do on my phones and Android tablets. Just slows everything down. And the Flash plugin crashes in Chrome about once or twice a week.
     
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    Simply put - flash is a POS. And there's plenty of other ways out there to get the same end result, people just need to adapt to them more.
     

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