The Complete Tutorial on How
to Build a 100% Flash Site
To build a flash site you first have to break down into pieces a regular site.
A. Interface, Navigation Menu, Any way you want to call it -> buttons that take you
from place to place.
B. Text, Information, Content!!!
C. Animation!! <-This is mostly in flash sites.
* Those are the three elements you will incorporate in your flash site. How do you do all
this using flash? Well that's what I'm here for. In flash you have Scenes, Frames, And
Movie Clips. All of them are built upon a timeline. Now how do we create a site using a
timeline. As you may know when you surf the web and visit sites It's interactive not like
a movie so the timeline is a strange environment for a web site but as you may have
noticed...it works! How you ask...well here goes:
* I'm going to teach you how I create a flash site, Its only one way and some of these
rules are based on my comfort and not yours so learn and adapt. First of all Scenes,
sound helpful right...well I don't use them. Actually, I do for one thing and that's to put
my preloader in them. One scene for the preloader and another for the rest. A page in a
flash site will consist of a frame or more. Only one frame if you won't have any
animation more than one if you have animation.
* If you create a large site it will get big (take a lot of space) and take a long time to load
because unlike a normal html based web site you load everything including images at
once. So even if the user wants to view only one part of your site he will have to load it
all and that means waiting for it all to load. We solve this problem by breaking up a site
into several files (swfs). I usually create a base file, that contains the main intro
animation, the main navigation bar, background graphics and music. And the content
will be added using other swf files that will be loaded onto the main swf.
That's enough background and theory, lets start building the site!
1. First you create or import an image that you want to use as your background image.