There are a lot of options for when you want to create a new website. There are also a lot of things you have to consider, such as programming languages, building tools and so on, but HTML5 and Flash are your two top picks when you are preparing to build a website that has an interactive kick to it. In this article, we will compare the two to see which is better and which you should use for your website. For this comparison, several key factors will hang in the balance.
First off, we got Flash, which has been around since forever. Flash stores up data which it renders and plays back when you opened the website on which it was stored. The fact that the stored information is played by using the Flash player plugin, Flash is pretty much independent and doesn’t rely on a specific platform. You can see Flash from both your computer and your mobile phone.
With HTML5, your browser will render the content on the spot, starting from the pure code that it is made of. This means that HTML5 doesn’t use stored contented that is already pre-made, but rather has to create the content every time you open the web page. If you want your website to look differently on different platforms, you should probably look into HTML5, as the code behaves differently on different platforms due to the reasons above.
While Flash has been around for almost 20 years, HTML5 is still in its first years, meaning that the user base for HTML5 is currently nowhere near that of the Flash technology. However, the numbers seem to be growing rapidly for HTML5, which is a technology that still needs a lot of developing, as its current capabilities have are pretty limited.
Flash content has to be uploaded to your server and accompanied by the correct code. Once you have that down, you still need your website visitors to have Flash player installed. If they don’t have Flash player, your Flash content won’t work. The player is free to download, but users still have to actually download and install it for Flash content to run on their computers and on their browsers respectively.
With HTML5, you don’t need a special player to put together the content for the users to see, as all that is handled by the browser once you have uploaded the files and code to your server. The downside here is the fact that older browser have issues with rendering HTML5 correctly or at all.
HTML5 is constantly growing in popularity, and one of the reasons behind that is the fact that the resources it needs for the browser to render the HTML5 content is a lot less that what the browser would need in order to run Flash player. This makes HTML5 a lot more suitable for mobile phones which don’t come with the processing power of a full-size computer. HTML5 also is a solution to the no-HTML5 Flash days when limited hardware capabilities for mobile phones would have a different version of a website built for them, so users wouldn’t get the full-size website on their phones, like they would on the PC, which could handle all those extra resource needs.
The bottom line is that Flash and HTML5 are great for different reasons and for different projects and purposes, so the correct solution for you might differ from the correct solution for someone else. That being said, it’s up to, taking into consideration what you’ve just learned about both, to determine which is of more help to you and what you need to do.