Over the past few weeks I’ve been doing a ton of reading about the IPad, IPhone, IPod Touch, and all “I” stuff. There’s a lot going on in the “I” world…..
One of the big issues of course is Flash. As you may or may not know, the IPad et all do not run Adobe Flash. That’s a problem. It’s a real problem, especially for photographers racing to pop their portfolios up on Flash based websites. And if you haven’t noticed, everybody is popping their portfolios up on Flash based websites!
What I decided to do recently was pretty straightforward. Take the Flash completely off my main site. Utilize the tools that I love the most. WordPress, NextGen Gallery, and my own customized CSS. The end result?
A new simple clean website that looks and feels like my blogging site. And a site that does not run into Flash issues when displaying on mobile devices. I’ve got to keep my audience in mind, and trends in my own web statistics tell me that 12% of my daily readership uses IPhones to access my site. Some days I see as much as 20% of my traffic here on the blog from IPhones and IPod Touches. I haven’t seen an IPad in the stats yet, but I’m sure that’s just a matter of time.
So, rather than duplicating effort, creating Flash based presentations and alternate mobile setups the final decision was a pretty easy one. I’m a one man show after all, and only have so much time available.
Of course, I’ll keep looking for better ways to present my portfolio, but for the time being I think NextGen Gallery really does a great job! Let me know what you think of the overhaul to the main site!