Adobe announced today that they are providing a method for the major search engines to index Flash content. eBlox has always recommended against extensive use of Flash for your site if you wish to be properly indexed and garner good search rankings. It looks like at least part of that problem is solved. We still recommend against using Flash for information-rich sites like e-commerce (it’s just too expensive to duplicate all that content for non-Flash users like mobile users) but for those of you with other sites that have mainly brochure-style content, this new method of crawling Flash sites might benefit you. Read a full writeup at TechCrunch here.
Last month, we added embedded media support to Banner Management. You can now embed multimedia files in any banner location on your site and manage them like you would any other banner.
To switch a banner to embedded media on a current storeBlox 2 site, just click the “Embedded” radio button and paste the code into the embedded box.
(If you’re creating your own Flash files, just use the Publish function and it will create the embed code for you. If you use a service like YouTube, the embed code can be copied from there.)
If the media file exists on a server somewhere (such as a YouTube video), you’re done. If you produced the media yourself, you’ll need to upload it to your FTP space. Make sure the links in your embed code refer to the correct URL for the file. That’s it!