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In its (roughly) 30 years of operation, the internet has become a huge, bloated treasure trove of information. It’s like an enormous house, with each room overflowing with storage. Unfortunately, that house is falling into a state of disrepair. Coding and programming language has moved on, but sadly, it’s failed to take a lot of websites with it. There are some individuals and businesses – both large and small – who are still using last-generation websites.
If you’re running a website that hasn’t been given an overhaul for the past few years, there’s every chance we’re talking about you here – and doubly so if you’re still using Flash. Flash is all-but discontinued, and will finally disappear into the internet’s abyss in 2020, when Adobe will forcibly terminate it. We suspect that’s going to come as a shock to many sites which still rely on the archaic software to load video files, or interactive content, but the old plug-in is simply too big a security risk to be allowed to linger into the 2020s.
We could reel off a list of types of language or features that you shouldn’t be using anymore, but instead, we’ll cut to the chase and tell you what should be providing the foundation of your site – HTML5. HTML5 isn’t particularly new – it went live back in 2014 – but it’s yet to become the dominant webpage language on the internet, despite the fact that it almost single-handedly killed Java (and Flash with it). It’s what everybody should be using without exception. If you’re not sure why it’s time for you to start rebuilding your old site, here are the biggest reasons.
Uniformity Of Display
If you code a website in HTML5, it will look the same everywhere, and it will adapt to the display it loads on. It will optimize for your laptop display, your desktop display, and your mobile phone display. That’s why every single online casino website worth its salt uses HTML5 – and you should always follow the money when it comes to web design. Virtual casinos aren’t just about online slots anymore – they’re about mobile slots. For mobile slots to work, the person playing a mobile slots on website such as Amigo Slots needs to have the same experience when they’re playing on their phone as they do on their computer. In the past, casino companies had to create their online slots games first, and then come back to make a second, specialized mobile slots version of the same game. They don’t have to do that anymore. Nor should you have to make a special mobile version of your website. It’s a thing of the past when you’re using HTML5 – so save yourself the work of building two different sites.
Browsers Aren’t An Issue
Remember when a site would appear radically different on Internet Explorer than it would on Google Chrome, or Firefox? We say ‘remember when,’ because that shouldn’t happen anymore. If your website has this problem, it’s time to rip it up and start again. HTML5 makes no distinction between which browser it’s loading in – it will just work out which browser it’s dealing with, and load accordingly. No longer do you have to attach a notice to your homepage advising customers which browser your site is ‘best viewed in,’ and nor does your customer support team have to deal with phone calls from customers who are trying to access your site using Opera, and failing. Display disparities between browsers should be condemned to the internet’s distant past, and HTML5 makes that a reality.
The Code Is Cleaner
If you code your own website, HTML5 is going to make your life easier. If you don’t, then your chosen tech support person or company is going to send you a thank you note when you tell them to move onto HTML5. Writing HTML5 code is a walk in the park compared to dealing with the previous generation. Although programming will never be written in plain English – because it can’t be – it’s now easier to follow than it ever has been in the past. That makes it easier to spot mistakes, and easier to write in the first place. The biggest change is that the <div> tag is obsolete. All you need to worry about are <header>, <article>, <footer>, and <nav> tags. Divisions of code no longer need to be labeled with a <div> tag because they’re self-explanatory. We realize that we may as well currently be speaking in Latin for some of our readers, but we promise that this is an improvement – and one which will save web development teams a lot of time.
Videos Work Flawlessly
With Flash going the way of the dodo, a programmer who hasn’t worked with HTML5 before might be having nightmares about how they’re going to get videos working as part of a webpage. That’s because previous versions of HTML seemed almost as if they were designed to make the job as difficult as possible. It often felt like getting a video playing was as much to do with luck than judgment, and only came about after spending hours wrangling with <object> and <embed> tasks until they did what you wanted – usually accompanied by long, messy lines of code which would break with the tiniest encouragement. That’s no longer the case. Video (and audio) content is now as easy to embed as an image file – in fact it uses the same format! All you need is a <video> or <audio> tag, and some specifications to confirm the intended height and width of your video, and that should be it. You can even code it to autoplay with a single keystroke. What could be easier?
To revisit those points, then – HTM5 means that your website will look great on any device. It also means it will look great on any browser. You (or your web designer) will find it easier to code, and your multimedia content is no longer fiendishly hard to implement. That means a sleeker, better looking, and more efficient website for you. Don’t get caught out by the death of Flash. Step into the 2020s with HTML5, and never look back!