Flash Creating A Simple Website With Flash

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  1. Blackveiled

    Blackveiled Formerly, Ban-Lord

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    Creating A Simple Website​

    With Flash!​



    (Mini Example: http://banlord.110mb.com (This is my experimental flash website, this is what I'm going to show you how to make, but yours may look better. I'm not good with graphics.)
    (Note: Sorry for poor quality in the pictures, Paint wont save stuff right, so i'm using .GIF for now.)
    Recommended Skill: At least some knowledge creating graphics and layer setups with Flash.

    INTRODUCTION
    Ever want to make a website with flash that has those neat little looks and catchy animations? This won't teach you how to make the neat graphics with flash, but it can help you get the scripting correct.


    SETTING UP THE WEBSITE
    1. Goto File > New > Flash Document
    2. Now goto File > Publish Settings then change the .swf file to: myWebsite.swf, and anything else.
    [​IMG]


    3. Now goto Modify > Document... Then change the WidthxHeight setups.

    I'm going to choose 400x400.
    OPTIONAL: You can also choose a background color.
    SUGGESTED: It is suggested to change the set FPS to 30-50 also.


    4. Create a new Layer and name it ActionScript [​IMG]

    CREATING THE GRAPHICS
    1. User-friendly websites, often have boxed up text boxes and such. So, create a banner, put your website name on it.
    2. Now goto Window > Common Libraries > Buttons, Then you will get a list of folders, use the button called Button Bar > bar <color>.

    NAVIGATION
    1. Some websites, you notice have their navigation categorized and such. Well heres how you do it.
    2. Name the button, Navigation.
    3. Change the properties of the button from, Button to Movie Clip.
    4. Now, create a box, with two arrows pointing down, .. Convert to Symbol > Button
    5. Now goto the Navigation Movie Clip, and add a layer called ActionScript [​IMG]
    6. Now add the following code to the first frame:
    Code:
    [COLOR="Blue"]stop[/COLOR]();
    7. Now add a new Keyframe to both the ActionScript frame and frame with the clip. Now place the button you created on the first frame, and then place it on the next frame.
    8. Now create a new button, same type as your movie clip, and then place it on the second keyframe of your Graphic.
    9. Now press the button with the arrows on it, or whatever you chose, and add the following script:

    Code:
    [COLOR="blue"]on[/COLOR]([COLOR="blue"]rollOver[/COLOR]) {
    		[COLOR="blue"]_root[/COLOR].<Instance Name>.[COLOR="blue"]gotoAndStop[/COLOR](2);
    }
    [COLOR="blue"]on[/COLOR]([COLOR="blue"]rollOut[/COLOR]) {
    		[COLOR="Blue"]_root[/COLOR].<Instance Name>.[COLOR="blue"]gotoAndStop[/COLOR](1);
    }
    Tip: Instance names are the names that you place on the object on the main pages. Click the movie clip, look at the bottom left of the Properties panel, and look for the text box that says <Instance Name> in it. Also take note, if the instance name isn't set correctly, the script WILL NOT work.
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    10. Now on place that same script, on the same button with the arrows on the second keyframe.
    11. Now, on the button that will come up on the next keyframe, place this script on it.

    Code:
    [COLOR="Blue"]on[/COLOR]([COLOR="blue"]release[/COLOR]) {
    		[COLOR="blue"]getURL[/COLOR]([COLOR="SeaGreen"]"http://"[/color],[color="SeaGreen"]"_blank"[/color])
    }
    [COLOR="blue"]on[/COLOR]([COLOR="blue"]rollOver[/COLOR]) {
    		[COLOR="blue"]_root[/COLOR].<Instance Name>.[COLOR="blue"]gotoAndStop[/COLOR](2);
    }
    [COLOR="blue"]on[/COLOR]([COLOR="blue"]rollOut[/COLOR]) {
    		[COLOR="blue"]_root[/COLOR].<Instance Name>.[COLOR="blue"]gotoAndStop[/COLOR](1);
    }
    This code below, will switch the frames you want to move to.
    Code:
    [COLOR="Blue"]on[/COLOR]([COLOR="blue"]release[/COLOR]) {
    		[COLOR="blue"]_root[/COLOR].[COLOR="blue"]gotoAndStop[/COLOR](24);
    }
    	[COLOR="blue"]on[/COLOR]([COLOR="blue"]rollOver[/COLOR]) {
    		[COLOR="blue"]_root[/COLOR].<Instance Name>.[COLOR="blue"][COLOR="blue"]gotoAndStop[/COLOR][/COLOR](3);
    }
    [COLOR="blue"]on[/COLOR]([COLOR="blue"]rollOut[/COLOR]) {
    	[COLOR="blue"]_root[/COLOR].<Instance Name>.[COLOR="blue"]gotoAndStop[/COLOR](1)
    }
    12. Now place the navigation bar onto your website, and then test to see if it brings down a menu. If it doesnt, you may need to place the Instance Name path you set to your script. Also, if it doesn't animate correctly, you may have done something wrong.

    TIPS
    Here are some tips to making your website look nice, and be more USER-FRIENDLY.

    Add a preloader - Some users sometimes use 56k internet connections, and if they visit your website and its lagging and the flash doesn't load, then they will just guess its glitched and leave.

    Use Custom Art - Custom Art will make your website stick out!

    If you see something on the tutorial and don't understand it, tell me and I will re-change that section of the tutorial.

    RESOURCES
    http://flashkit.com/ <--- You can find scripts, preloaders, and art, and a great flash support forum.
     
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  2. elmstfreddie

    elmstfreddie The Finglonger

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    Maybe explain how :rolleyes:
     
  3. Blackveiled

    Blackveiled Formerly, Ban-Lord

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    Added a resources part, u can get preloaders from that website.
     
  4. elmstfreddie

    elmstfreddie The Finglonger

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    Also, why do you need a separate layer for actionscript :p
     
  5. Blackveiled

    Blackveiled Formerly, Ban-Lord

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    Organizes better.
     
  6. elmstfreddie

    elmstfreddie The Finglonger

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    True, also, since this is a website tutorial, you might wanna mention internet navigation (getURL).
     
  7. Blackveiled

    Blackveiled Formerly, Ban-Lord

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    Its already in there :p
     
  8. elmstfreddie

    elmstfreddie The Finglonger

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    Bull!

    ...


    Oops. lol, anyways, +rep good tut.
     
  9. Dimaspy

    Dimaspy New Member

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    Nice tutorial!
    However..
    More pictures, please! :D
     

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