FlashBang is probably going to become one of the popular extensions to Dreamweaver MX, it allows for adding navigation elements (menus, buttons, pause/play controls etc). to web pages, but it could also become a tool to hide from search engines. An effect I doubt the creators either thought of or intended and I know a lot of its users will be equally ignorant to the problems and invisibility it will bring upon them.
Now, Dreamweaver MX already has the evil of Flash menus and text implemented, and allows for generation of SWF for your web site. How that can be misused has been discussed in detail on Flazoom.com, case in point was the use of Dreamweaver MXs “Flash text” feature in a site map over at Time Warner Cables corporate site.
It might be that eye-candy and other such “subtleties” is necessary to sell software to the general public, but I still think that it should be required to add big warning messages to stupid evil functions such as the Flash menu/text in Dreamweaver MX, and programs such as FlashBang.
So why the need for warnings and why is it evil to add a little Flash to a site? Well, as I have already mentioned – the regular Joe/Jane Schmo don’t understand that putting all your navigation in Flash leads to two rather serious problems:
- Search engines will have a harder time following your links, and indexing his/her site. Which in turn leads to less traffic to the site, and making it harder for any possibly usable information to propogate to the search engines.
- Users without Flash won’t have access to your site. Case in point, the FlashBang web site, which – without Flash, doesn’t allow any possible customers access to the order page without Flash. (Yes, I know its a bad example, since most of the people coming there probably will be Flashers on their way to get a cool new toy).
[Via JD on MX]