I have a quick question around building your flash site. I am
building a few sites. The first one I am working on now. I
basically build a separate swf for each page (home, contact, about
us, etc.). I drop the flash into it's own html page and link
buttons within the .fla file.
However, I notice alot of people (not all) load external swfs
into one page (the URL doesn't change). I like this method and plan
to use it to build my second site.
My questios are:
1 - Is there anything wrong with having separate html pages
with their own swf (no loading externally)? I have used a preloader
in those pages that take a long time to load.
2 - When loading .swf files externally, do you put the
preloader in the .flv/.swf you are pulling into the main page. An
example would be a photo gallery. If I have a button for the photo
gallery and I load it dynamically, it will take some time to load.
Do you just put a preloader in the photo gallery .swf that you are
Hope this makes sense. I am very interested in building flash
sites. I just want to make sure the way I am doing the work is
Thanks for your reply. I guess that is what I am getting. So,
in my current site I have a swf for the home page (with
navigation). I then drop it in an HTML doc (I use Dreamweaver -
home.htm). Then I create other swfs for the other pages: contact,
photos, about, etc). It works just fine but I noticed that most
people either build a SINGLE .fla and call out to those frames to
load a new page/images OR use a loader for external swfs.
Is my initial way OK for now or should I rebuild the entire
Also, if I am bringing in external swf or calling out to
frames using labels..........how do you set up the preloader? For
example, If I have a photo gallery button. And I call out to the
photo gallery swf, where do I put the preloader? I have seen sites
where you click on a button for photos and a preloader pops up as
the photo gallery loads.
I hope this makes a bit of sense as I am fairly new to Flash.