Flash Design for a More Dynamic Web Presence by S. Reeves If you have been running with a basic website since the inception of your online presence, you may want to look into developing something a bit more dynamic. Today's World Wide Web is full of competitors. Your competition is doing what you are doing on the web, but they may be doing it better. The key is to stay up on the latest technology and to not be afraid to try new things on your site. Obviously, you want to do a bit of market research before you plunge ahead with an entire new set up, but if you get together with any of the fine Denver flash development experts available, you can get some wonderful ideas for how to do a lot on your website with a few changes. Flash design has been around for a while now, though most website owners who are not computer professionals do not really know what it is. You may have downloaded the Macromedia Flash Player for free in order to see movie previews, company presentations, or music videos, but you may not be familiar with flash technology beyond that daily use. Flash development, Denver web design, or systems development teams are all capable of telling you more about flash. Basically, your website is probably written in HTML, a code that is used to tell the computer what to display on the screen. There are other codes gaining popularity now, but the older ones are still constructed with HTML. This code language allows the computer to display images and text in a static manner. In other words, you can display an article or a photograph, but not a cartoon or a moving title. HTML is limited to fixed positions. If you want a more dynamic site, you need to move beyond this language and enter the world of flash. So many websites online include some form of flash today that it is unusual for a large company not to have something in motion somewhere in the site. You can make text, images, and animations move around on the screen. But this is just the beginning. Before flash really took hold, programmers used GIF images or java applets to create movement on the screen. GIF images are simply loops of the same images played over and over, and they take forever to load. Java applets are very limited in how they can be used and tend to come with some inherent kinks, such as limited color variability. But firms can now take you to the next level, by allowing you to play movies, virtual animation, and other dynamic elements on your site. That's because flash is
interactive. Your client can point the mouse at flash animation and make it stop or start, can click and drag it somewhere, or even add to it if the program allows for that. In fact, flash movies are actually easier to create than java applets but allow for much more interactivity. Flash movies also work with up to 256 colors, the standard for online full-color images. And although the original movies seemed to take forever to load, now that almost all internet users are online with a high speed connection, the flash movies load faster than the old GIF animations. So talk to a professional flash developer today about how you can make your customers' online experience more dynamic. About the Author This article was written by S. Reeves Morris. Mr. Morris runs the Internet technology company New Media located in downtown Denver, Colorado http://www.NewMediaDenver.com which for 10 years has been dedicated to helping businesses succeed online. Mr. Morris is a SEO Expert who keeps himself updated all latest Search Engine Optimization and Link Building Techniques Brought to you by: Chris Eckart is a consultant and huge fan of http://www.ecosnap.com/ a web hosting company that provides the highest quality hosting, exceptional support, straightforward pricing, a custom website creation tool, and they give 8% of every hosting dollar they take in to grassroots environmental initiatives!