So here comes the new “debate’. Back in the 90′s you would
email your edits to the company keeping your website and they would
update it for you. There are still some that do this, but it is
definitely not the best way to do things today. In the early and mid
00′s the new platforms of the mighty CMS’s came onto the scene. Programs
like Mambo, and eventually Joomla, as well as WordPress, Drupal, Xoops,
Typo3, Website Baker, and many more erupted onto the web.
During the same time Flash design saw a sort of “re-birth”. Flash
use to be really annoying as so many things moved on the screen that it
would make your head hurt. While you will still find some of these
annoying sites, there are more and more companies building Content
Management Systems built in flash. Flash is pretty and crisp. Many of
the limitations that plagued the flash world have gone away and now the
Flash CMS can be a legitimate contender to folks needing a website.
There is something to keep in mind though. If flash were the best
thing going then why do sites like MTV, Walmart, and the like use Open
Source content management systems built on PHP? Why have they not made
the “leap” into this “new” technology? You couls argue that Walmart is
made to be ugly and is just a nuts and bolts mega seller of products.
Why then do sites like MTV use php driven CMS’s?
While it is true that flash has come a long way, it is very limited.
The CMS programs that are built in flash are easy to use…. this is
true, but if you want to do something outside of the box, then the
system is very limited. It is made one size and it just does not fit
all. The best thing going today is to use a good flexible CMS that is
built off of a database that can use a combination of flash, php, html,
and database technologies. You get the best of all worlds, and the
future flexibility to boot!
Flash Church Websites are not the way to go with many other HTML 5 type options out there now… so stay away if you can….
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