What do Visitors Want in a Website? Speed, Graphics or Compatibility?

One of the most frustrating things about visiting a website is when it takes a long time to load despite the fact that you know that you have a fast internet connection. One of the reasons behind this can be connected to the type of development platform that was used in order to create it and, as such, this article focuses more on giving the pros and cons of three different platforms in order for you to understand which would be the most suitable for your needs.

Flash Is Not Quick
Despite its name, Flash based web architecture is far from what one can describe as being quick. The reason behind this can be connected to its development platform that focuses on a graphics intensive user interface. While on the surface, a Flash based website may look impressive and very “modern”, the fact remains that the length of time it takes to load up can actually dissuade users from visiting the site in the first place. Not only that, Flash has a considerable number of vulnerabilities that have been identified, resulting in few developers truly choosing the platform for robust website development.

HTML
HTML is one of the most well known methods for website creation and its latest iteration, HTML 5, has shown great promise in implementing the necessary software to match the demand for ever more complex web applications. HTML based coding is seen in a vast majority of websites today due to the overall familiarity of web developers towards its usage. Do note, though, that due to its very nature as a flexible standard markup language, it has been integrated into other programming languages to create more complex websites.

PHP
Through the use of new development frameworks such as PHP Codeigniter, a PHP based website utilizing this platform is considered to be very fast and is somewhat “lighter” given the nature of its code. The end result is that this allows web developers to create websites that are lightning fast yet still continue to have the same level of detail seen in standalone HTML 5 based websites.

When it comes to your choice of development platform, be sure to select one that meshes with what you are trying to accomplish when it comes to drawing in customers. If you want Flash, use Flash. If you want PHP Codeigniter use it as well. The beauty of web development is that if one platform seems to be the wrong choice, you can always switch to a new one.

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    • Bernie Baltz