Hey Billy Idol, Flash is Over Like MTV, Ever Look at Your Website on a iPhone?

Official Billy Idol Website BillyIdol.net

Billy Idol's website as viewed on a iPhone

I want to SCREAM every time I see stuff like this…


Ever thought that you could design a better website? That you have a great visual idea for a piece of web artwork? Well, now’s your chance to show us what you can do. The ‘BANNER’ of Billy Idol’s website is the rectangular piece of art at the top of every page – the one that reads ‘Official – Online – On Tour 2010′ – and it measures exactly 1000 pixels x 300 pixels. Obviously this is something that needs updating!! And who better to do that than YOU GUYS!!!… So we want you to design a new website header/banner for the rest of 2012. Anyone with a computer and an artwork program can join in although a FLASH banner (moving images like the text in the current banner – a .swf file) is preferred.

I was first applauding Billy Idol for involving his fans in a contest to create a new website header banner. But then two things jumped out at me…

1. The current banner says 2010. You haven’t updated your website header in two years? I guess your website is just not that important to you if you are fine leaving the message “On Tour 2010″ in the header when its 2012.

2. It’s 2012, why are you requesting a Flash banner? I took a chance thinking that the website detects the platform browsing and delivers a different version of the site so I went to BillyIdol.net on my iPhone. No change. Well not exactly true, the site did change in that the header, Billy’s name, his brand, what identifies the site is gone since it is Flash and as we should all know by now… Apple mobile devices (iPhone and iPad) do not support Flash. (FYI, in the second quarter of 2012 Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones and 11.8 million iPads.) The header is missing on every page of the site. And it has been like this since 2010, since we know they have not changed the header since then. Have you ever taken a moment to see how much traffic is coming to your site on Apple mobile devices? Look now, you might be surprised. Now remember, all of those visits see a incomplete website, see no name, see no brand. Is that the impression you want to make?

That makes me want to SCREAM! It’s not rocket science to correct this problem. Replace the Flash header with a jpg or gif file. Done, that’s it. Hey Billy, your website is built using WordPress, just drop in a plugin and your site becomes mobile ready. Need help, let me know.

Your lesson from this… go look at your website right now on a iPhone or iPad and see how it looks, see how it works. Then fix it if it is needed.

And, Flash is dead, over, history. Do not spend the time or money to create Flash elements on your site.

10 Responses to “Hey Billy Idol, Flash is Over Like MTV, Ever Look at Your Website on a iPhone?”

  1. Corey Koehler
    May 2, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    Speaking of flash, can you name some non-flash music players/plugins that are mobile ready that musicians can use on their site?

    • Michael Brandvold
      May 2, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Check out Bandcamp.

      • Corey Koehler
        May 2, 2012 at 10:17 am #

        Thanks! I ‘ve been using them for a few years now and didn’t realize the player worked across the board. Problem solved. Thank you!

    • Pierre
      May 3, 2012 at 8:05 am #

      SoundCloud also has a very nice HTML5 widget/embed/plugin thing.

      • Corey Koehler
        May 3, 2012 at 8:10 am #

        Thanks Pierre! I wonder which one would be the best to use. I can easily do both. Leaning Bandcamp since it is provides a point of purchase and will collect an email. Thoughts?

  2. Byron Ward
    May 3, 2012 at 7:01 am #


    Although I like the WordPress mobile plug-in it doesn’t give me the customizable attributes I prefer. A friend and I developed a new web based app geared toward maximizing the mobile web experience. Would love to know what you think: http://soulkhan.com (can be viewed from iPhone or Android).

    • Michael Brandvold
      May 3, 2012 at 8:42 am #

      So I went to mobile site for Mobile Meteor and a couple pages that had video on them did not display on my iPhone. I am more in favor of maintaining one site and making it mobile ready vs creating a second mobile site that requires separate upkeep.

      • Byron Ward
        May 3, 2012 at 10:25 am #

        Not sure why the videos didn’t work for you. They seemed to work fine on all the phones I tested. I’m going to look into this again.

        Do you know of any plug-ins that allow you to maintain one site for mobile and gives the visitor the ability to watch videos, play/purchase music, join mailing list, see tour calendar, and interact via social media? I haven’t been able to find any, would love to examine them. FYI, the mobile meteor link can easily be changed to main site URL but this current version doesn’t provide the analytics that I require just yet… #workinprogress

        • Michael Brandvold
          May 3, 2012 at 10:46 am #

          I haven’t played with the pro version of WP Touch so I can’t say what it might offer. I just know that with clients, it is difficult to get them to remember to update their main site, let alone also remember to maintain a mobile site. So a mobile site that changes content as the main site changes and has basic info is much better than not doing anything. Comes down to accepting the skill set and available time of clients. You need a WP plugin that pulls in select WP content.

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