How to Build a Website in Flash 8

By Ty Arthur

  • Overview

    The Macromedia Flash software is an "all-in-one" program that can be used for building websites that are much more interactive than standard websites built with markup languages such as HTML or Javascript. By creating different layers that change when a user clicks on areas of the website, you can create the appearance of totally seamless transitions that are much smoother than on a standard website.
    How to Build a Website in Flash 8
    • Step 1

      Open up the Flash program by double-clicking on its desktop icon or by navigating through your computer's Start menu to your list of installed programs.
    • Step 2

      Choose the option to open a new Flash document and then click on the "Properties" tab when the new document appears. Set the canvas size to the standard screen size of 800 by 600 pixels. Enter in the six digit HTML code for the color that you want the background to be in the "Background" field. Type in the code "FFFFFF" for an entirely white background if you plan to use an overall background image.

    • Step 3

      Make a second layer and then select the "Square" button tool from the tools menu on the left side of the screen. Fit the square at just slightly smaller than the overall screen size. Right-click on the square and choose the option to "Convert To Symbol" option. Check the "Movie Clip" option in the "Covert To Symbol" menu just in case you want to add any sort of moving images to it later.
    • Step 4

      Create a third layer and then add in a second square again slightly smaller than the first one. Convert it to a symbol in the same way you did before so that the first square will act as a sleek looking border for the website. Place whatever background image you want on the second square and stretch it out so that it fills the entire square.
    • Step 5

      Put in extra squares, rectangles or circles to act as the buttons for navigating around the page. Place either straight text in them that indicate what section of the page they will go to or create new images with text inside them.
    • Step 6

      Bring up the "Action Script" menu for each of the buttons and then set them to change the main square to a different layer for each area of the page you intend to create.
    • Step 7

      Setup new layers in the same area as your main square and put any text or image content you need for them so that when a user clicks on a button the screen will change to the correct content.
    • Skill: Moderately Challenging
    • Tip: You can set the canvas to any size that you want but it has the best chance of appearing normally on most user's monitors if it is set at 800 by 600 pixels.
    • Tip: If your Flash website will have a lot of graphics, sounds, or moving images you may want to construct a "pre-loader" with a "now loading" message so that the user doesn't think that your page is entirely empty while everything is loading.
    • Warning:
    • Websites built entirely in the Flash program tend to show up in much lower rankings on search engines because the programs that search engines use to index websites don't view Flash objects in the same way that they view HTML tags or normal text strings.

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