2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 27, 2008 4:13 PM by el pescado

    General Flash Site Question

    el pescado

      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 loading?

      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 efficient.

        • 1. Re: General Flash Site Question
          Ken_Nielsen Level 1
          Why not just build the entire site in Flash? That way you could have a nav bar with buttons to call your separate pages in flash linked as named keyframes in your timeline.

          • 2. General Flash Site Question
            el pescado Level 1
            Hey Ken,

            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 site?

            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.