A client of mine is looking to have a website built for his
company. They have clients in both Europe / USA as well as
developing countries in South Southamerica and South East Asia. He
would love to have the site built in flash, since he is a very
design sensitive person, but he's concerned about viewers with slow
I'm used to building flash sites with little or no animation.
Most of the animation is created with code. I try using the flash
app simply as a shell and load all content only when requested to
keep initial loading time at a minimum. Still the main app with all
the main graphics and fonts ends up being in the 80-250k range
(that's not including any photos or xml files loaded on top of
files to accommodate deeplinking at enable the backbutton.
I guess we can always build 2 sites with different
bandwidths... but I'd rather just build one site that works for
everyone, mainly also to accomodate the budget.
I have a few specific questions,but I'm certainly open to any
advice regarding this problem.
1) Are there country specific flash penetration statistics?
2) Any opinions out there regarding flash vs regular HTML for
3) if we do offer 2 separate sites, are there ways to
determine where people are logging in from (what country or
continent) through the IP I'm guessing... or what their connection
speed is like and then depending on that auto refresh them to the
higher or lower bandwidth version of the site?
4) Would it make sense to get a serverspace in Asia and one
in America, we had other sites hosted in the past in Thailand or
SouthAfrika for example and they show up extremely slow here in the
US but acceptably fast their respective countries.
5) anyone know of any guidelines or stats in terms of
bandwidth / loading time for different countries?
Any insight or advice regarding this topic is very much
appreciated! We want to create something beautiful, engaging and
appealing but at the same time we want everyone to have access to