Flash intros to be precise. This used to be a common practice amongst many websites back in the day; having a super cool flash based main web page. In point of fact, today it is a big no-no unless your brand is world famous already. Search engines are not Flash friendly and can’t crawl Flash based sites, which makes it difficult for the website to rank. Companies like Pepsi or Apple can afford to have a Flash intro to their website because they are world famous organizations with hundreds of millions of followers. But a local start up using Flash as part of its web design will essentially set itself up for failure from the start. Even if you do wish to place a Flash intro, make sure that the main links of your web site are visible on the page so visitors can skip the intro and easily navigate to inner pages.
We are living in 2012, practically everyone is using the internet, can we agree on this? Great! Now that we have covered that lets look into Internet and Small Businesses and Website Design for Small Businesses shall we?
A recent study shows interesting statistics on small businesses and the internet, to be exact small businesses with or without websites.
The study reveals that 49% of small businesses currently have a website. Now that is all fine and dandy but if we look a little bit more in depth we can see very interesting statistics:
The percentage of businesses that have a website by their annual sales size: