This is a follow up to my last post on the use of Flash, Flash or not to Flash? That is the question.
A number of businesses have contacted me since I wrote my Flash or not to Flash article asking me what their website looks like iPads and iPhones and what the impact really is.
Most of them are shocked when I give them a screen shot of the view. While I won't post any of them here I did take a screen shot of a popular Flash website service. The sites look really cool in a normal flash capable browser. They look like crap on an iPad or iPhone though.
As for the impact, all you have to do is look at your Google Analytics. Look under Vistitors>Browser Capabilities>Operating Systems. iOS visitors to my website make up between 4% and 5%. This is pretty common with my other client's as well with the range between 3% and 6%.
So what does this mean to your business? You do the math. If you have 500 visitors in a month then 4% of 500 is 20 visitors. This number will grow in the months and years to come. Remember, Apple is forecasted to sell 120 million more iPads between now and 2012.
How many of those visitors could be a prospect? What does it say about your business that your site isn't viewable to everyone? For VSA Creative it would be disastrous.
The VSA Creative website looks and operates the same in all Class A browsers and iOS devices.
Your website should be developed for today's browsers as well as emerging technologies. You should be using HTML4/HTML5/CSS3 and jQuery as the core technologies.
Keep in mind that Microsoft is just catching up with the release of Internet Explorer 9, which is still in Beta. IE8, IE7, IE6 all have their own quirks. There are some CSS and HTML 5 features they cannot read, such as radius corners or use of HTML5 Video. Your developer will have to make allowances for IE for the next year, and work arounds do exist.