We must first ask the question, “What kind of website is a website designed using Flash?”
Flash is a technology owned by Adobe. Some web designers design their websites using Flash to display animations and animated elements of the website. Of course, today the number of these websites has greatly decreased due to its numerous problems.
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Common use of Flash
The most common use of flash in web design has been to display photos as slides. What many do not know is that the text inside Flash websites is not readable by search engines. This means that if a website is designed entirely by Flash, Google will see it as a blank, empty page with only one Flash file.
Why is Flash technology disappearing in the world of websites?
Today, with the development of other technologies and the release of the latest version of HTML, namely HTML5 as well as CSS3, many of the features that were created in the past using Flash on websites can be accessed and implemented. Also, due to the increasing use of mobile, the design of Responsive websites that adapt to different types of screens has become very important, which is not possible with Flash.
Lack of support for Flash by browsers
In addition, it has been found that using Flash in site design creates security problems and makes it easier for hackers to infiltrate websites or personal computers. Therefore, browsers such as Chrome and Mozilla have limited Flash support. Another reason for using these restrictions is that browsers slow down when using Flash-designed websites. Reports indicate that the complete cessation of Flash support by browsers is a matter of course and only the exact time is not known.
In 2016, Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer, asked Adobe to announce a time to end Flash technology due to security issues with websites.
The fact is that in the past, many web designers used Flash technology to design graphic effects for their websites. But over time, especially after the advent of HTML5 and CSS3 (which incorporated many of the graphical capabilities previously required by Flash) as well as the ability to view new video and audio files using <Video> <Audio> tags, by HTML5, which previously used Flash Player, virtually eliminated the dependence of web design and graphic effects on Flash.
Google Chrome will no longer support Flash
But most important of all, especially for store websites and online commerce, is the problem of search engines reading the internal content of flash files. Google Chrome, a browser owned by Google, has announced that it will soon completely discontinue its support for Flash, which means that sites designed by Flash will no longer be displayed in this browser.
Of course, due to the many security issues that Flash creates, even with browser support, many users prefer to turn off Flash display plug-ins in their browsers; This means that websites designed with Flash will not be displayed to this group of users or will be displayed incompletely.