Website requires FLASH?

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I got this email from a media source that is creating online ads for me:

I did change the link to the http://www.artsgp.org/ URL. However, the site says that FLASH is required and most modern browsers have stopped supporting that.

What do I need to do to solve this issue?

Libby Clawson - Grand Prairie Arts Council
gpac@artsg.org
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Flash used to be the preferred way to do slide shows and animations for a web site. Security issues and advances in HTML, has brought browsers to the point that they don't want to support it anymore. You can still turn it on, but must do it manually for each site, so it is desirable to remove any Flash elements on the site and replace them with something else. It would be pretty easy to take a screen shot of your header and just use a static image there, but it would not be animated.

The slideshow is a little harder. You would need to find a 3rd party HTML slideshow program, or you could use our image scroller.
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Thanks so much for your quick response.
So there is no other way to animate the header?
How do I use your image scroller for the slideshow?
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There are animated image formats, but you would need to build the image yourself in some software than supports their creation.

The image scroller is under Insert > More. It will add an element to the page and you can size it by dragging the corners and place it in the space. On the right side, you will see the buttons to add the images.
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Thank you so much, I appreciate your help and quick response!
I love my animated header - so it is OK to just leave that - correct?
I will try out the image scroller.
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You can leave it, but for many people it will show the Flash required message and they will need to click on enable to make it work. It will also affect you a little in search results. Google doesn't care for Flash. Lastly, Apple mobile devices don't support Flash at all. You may be able to find someone to build the animation for you. Unfortunately, our design team no longer works in Sitebuilder. They now do everything in the new Websitebuilder.
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The new websitebuilder - does it have these same issues?
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It isn't really a issue with the site. If you insert a flash element on the page of any website anywhere, you will see this, as it is a function of the browser. You have 2 Flash elements on your home page. The header image and the slideshow.

If you remove the Flash elements you won't see it. This is the same as the new Websitebuilder. It won't probably be very long until Flash just won't work anywhere.

That being said, the new builder does have a slideshow builder built into the photo gallery. You would still need to have the animated image made or do it yourself.

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