Enable Adobe Flash Player for Chrome or Enjoy the HTML5 Experience?

If you frequently use Google Chrome, you need to know that the browser will no longer support Adobe Flash Player as much as it used to. Google announced last month that it will now focus on giving users an HTML5 experience and that this will be the default mode of the browser by the end of the year.

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So what does this mean for you?

Basically, if you visit websites that use HTML5, Chrome will automatically offer this experience for you. If you visit websites that primarily use Adobe Flash Player, the browser will issue a prompt, asking if you’d like to run the software for the site. If you give your permission, Chrome will refresh the page and present it to you using Flash, and it will also remember your preferences in future visits.



This change will have a bigger impact on you if you own or manage a website that depends highly on Adobe Flash Player. Since Chrome won’t automatically present your site the “right” way, people will most likely see are gray boxes or areas the first time they visit your site. They may not always turn on the Flash Player to view your content, so you run the risk of losing visitors, which will inevitably lead to reduced web traffic and lower earnings.

What can you do about this?

Everyone needs to accept that the move from Adobe Flash Player to HTML5 is inevitable. For one thing, Flash Player is plagued with vulnerabilities that are being used by hackers to steal people’s information and even hold sensitive data ransom. This alone is enough reason to switch to HTML5, which is safer and more secure. In terms of performance, HTML5 also trumps Flash Player since it consumes less power and has faster load times than the latter.

For the meantime, you can configure Chrome to automatically run Adobe Flash Player whenever you visit sites that are dependent on this software. Just open Chrome and type chrome:plugins on the address bar to go to the Plug-ins Page. Look for Adobe Flash Player in the list of plug-ins that would populate. Click “Enable” then check the box beside “Always allowed to run”.

If you own a website that’s dependent on Flash Player, you can take steps to convert your Flash-based content to HTML5 and ensure it can be easily viewed by all your visitors. You can get ideas on how to do this through this informative post.

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