I recently stumbled across an article discussing the view
that a flash / splash page is a poor idea. The argument made some decent
points. Then I came to this:
Hang on… that exists, doesn’t it?
All grocery stores around me have one. It’s where they keep
the carts. I have yet to encounter a person who walked in, saw carts, and
assumed that there was no store beyond the next door.
“Hmm… it says food is sold here, but there’s nothing
other than these metal partial cages on wheels…”
According to the article, 25% of people leave if they encounter a “double
entrance,” such as a flash intro or a vestibule.
Why do we have them if a quarter of people can’t figure them
“The Greeks and Romans both used vestibules in their
temples and public buildings. The vestibule often had religious or ceremonial
significance, marking a point of
departure from the mundane world, and it allowed builders to make
structures feel more formal.”
I put one on my site for that purpose- departure from the
mundane world. I wanted those who were interested enough to search for
information on my book series to have one minute to think. The various fonts
represent different voices, each proposing an answer as to what they think my
characters might be. The backdrop is outer space. My characters, for all that
they are, happen to be here. As my character Heath puts it, “That’s what
separates Earth from other worlds- it has us.”
For some reason, about 1% of
the people who visit my site can’t get the intro video to play without
refreshing. I’ve paid two teams of web experts to look into this. Both came up
with the always intelligent result of, “Huh, that’s weird.” Neither
was able to replicate the result of the video failing to play, despite using
several different browsers on various computers, phones, and tablets ranging in
age from so-new-it-is-only-in-Japan to a Packard Bell from 1995 with a dial-up
As a point of curiosity, I would like to know YOUR thoughts
on this matter. To make it more interesting, I’ve created a survey in a
contest. I’m looking for honest feedback. Your chances of winning are the same
if you like the video, don’t like the video, or are among the 1% who fail to
see it despite trying.
Update April 5, 2014= Thanks to the help here, I managed to get the intro video into a YouTube video!