jqueryVSflashWhat is interactive design? It’s any moving element on your website like a flash intro, or a rotating image gallery. Making your design interactive can be the difference between getting leads and getting passed over. It’s that simple.

How do you know if you need an interactive design? Just Google your competitors, and come up with an action plan.

There are many different elements of interactive design you need to understand to make sure you are making the right decision. We have compiled the most common for you.

The Great Debate: Flash vs. jQuery Flash Benefits, Drawbacks and Considerations

Flash: You can do almost anything you can think of in Flash. It’s just amazing. You want a guy walking across the screen or a simple transition for your home page header? Flash can do them both. Of course with all good things in life there are drawbacks.

Flash Benefits: Flexibility, and Possibilities.

Flash Drawbacks: Not viewable on Mobile products (Iphone, and IPad) (You can view on Android). Not SEO friendly (If you make entire site Flash, A little Flash won’t hurt) Resource Hog (Can load slowly on low performing computers, or networks with low bandwidth)

Considerations: You need to consider whether or not your website needs to be seen on a mobile device. If not, then Flash is a great choice.

jQuery Benefits, Drawbacks and Considerations jQuery (JavaScript): A lot times clients will choose a jquery module over Flash depending on what they need. jQuery is strong where Flash is weak. jQuery has a fast loading time, and won’t affect any SEO efforts. There is one main drawback, jQuery just isn’t as scalable as Flash. jQuery (JavaScript)

Benefits: Mobile friendly, Fast, and SEO Friendly. jQuery (JavaScript)

Drawbacks: Not as scalable as Flash. jQuery Will not do near as much.

Considerations: Most clients use jQuery for page headers, portfolio projects, and any time you are using a mobile device. If you are looking for a interactive website to impress your customers contact Creative Options today to discuss your endless possibilities!