May 21st, 2008'But I want to use Flash....'

Many photography websites nowadays are obsessed with the use of Flash - but do you need it and should you use it ?

There are pros and cons for using any technology, however there are some key points to consider when deciding whether or not to use Flash for your website.

  • Your site will be more difficult and more expensive to update
  • Your site will not show up in search engines such as Google
  • The loading time for your site will increase
  • Visitors to your site - assuming that they find it - will not be able to bookmark specific pages to return to them
So, bearing those in mind, think of what you want to achieve with your website and then decide the right tool for the job.

But what if I need it for fading effects & animations ?

While Flash is a phenomenally useful tool for developing complex interactive applications, we have rarely seen a website requirement which actually requires Flash.

Nowadays, impressive fading slideshows and animations can easily be performed without using Flash, and our belief is that all of the key elements for a successful, dynamic site are best served by standards-compliant AJAX-driven websites, providing a website which can match most of the Flash-style requirements while avoiding all of the negative impacts listed above.

May 14th, 2008Website Upgrade for Gareth Byrne

We are currently finalising a website upgrade for Gareth Byrne.

Following a recent rebranding, Gareth had implemented a new Flash-based website which reflected the new logo and colour scheme, as well as having fading slideshows and the slicker overall feel associated with Flash sites.

Bearing in mind the negative impacts on three key areas: ease-of-update, search engines and usability, Gareth then consulted with ourselves and with industry experts in Google who agreed that the functionality within the new site could be relatively easily recreated without Flash.

Gareth proceeded to commission OnSight to use the new design as a template and recreate the website using the current industry best-practices for usability, ease-of-update and search engine responsiveness, while maintaining - and improving on - the slick "look and feel" which had been proposed within the Flash website.

During the project, we also improved the site's implementation to allow Gareth to caption images even easier than his previous site.

The result is a dream website: a slick new look, Flash-like functionality, easily updated, high responsiveness to search engines using image captioning, semantic markup, and industry best-practices.

[ www.garethbyrne.com ]

April 29th, 2008Ruth Foran Photography goes live

The new website for Ruth Foran Photography is now live!

The site offers the familiar SiteShell ease-of-update, and also contains predictive preloading to allow timely loading of full-size images.

In addition, the images on the site resize themselves to match the size of the screen, a feature which was previously only seen in search-engine limiting Flash websites.

And speaking of search engines, we have also added the image captioning search-engine add-on to the site, allowing Ruth, Martin and Eugene to maximise their search engine results based on the locations in which the photographs were taken.

[ www.ruthforan.com ]

April 22nd, 2008New Project for Quinn Property Management

We have commenced work on a new website for Quinn Property Management, based in Ennis in Co. Clare.

More information on this project will be available soon.

April 18th, 2008PhotoFest Ireland 2008

We are delighted to be once again attending the PhotoFest Ireland Event at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Dublin on April 20th.

Come visit us to see our latest technologies and offerings which will help make your website work better for you.

We look forward to meeting you & discussing your requirements.

Further details on this exciting event can be accessed via the link below.

[ www.photofestireland.com ]