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August 14, 2012

Cabanova website builder launches HTML5!

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We have just launched an extension of our powerful online Flash website builder to automatically create an HTML5 version of every Cabanova website you publish. Your websites will now not only load much faster in HTML5 but also be viewable on mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones and other modern non-Flash browsers. This huge step in innovation is another example of our dedication to keeping your websites future-proof!

If you are not sure what this all means you needn’t worry – the sitebuilder still looks and feels the same, and your published websites do too.

Why did we add HTML5 publish?
The Cabanova Flash website builder was first launched in 2002. Back then using the Adobe Flash plugin was the only way possible to create and publish creative design-oriented websites in a drag and drop editing environment. It was the obvious choice because the Flash plugin was installed in over 95% of all desktop computers and there was no such thing as tablets and smartphones.
In recent years technology has progressed and aside from desktop computers and notebooks, an ever increasing amount of online time is spent on mobile devices such as tablets (e.g. iPads, Android, Windows) and smartphones (e.g. iPhone, Android and Windows). Most of these mobile devices do not support the Adobe Flash plugin. Flash web content can not be displayed in these devices.
At Cabanova we believe that your website should be viewable not only on desktop computers but also tablets and smartphones. That’s why our engineers have spent the last year programming a solution that will publish your website in HTML5, because that’s the format supported by these modern devices. One of the considerations that was most important to us was that you should not need to build your entire Flash website again from scratch in HTML5 in order for it to work on iPads and iPhones etc.
The result is that you still create and edit your website using the Flash plugin, and when you publish your site, both a Flash and an HTML5 version are generated simultaneously. The main benefit of this solution is that there is still a notable percentage of people who are using older web browsers on their desktop computers that do not support HTML5. Instead, most of these (99%, according to Adobe) have the Flash plugin installed. This ensures the maximum possible compatibility of your website in the various computer platforms and browsers. It will still take a number of years before HTML5 will have the same penetration in desktops computers as Flash does today.
The Cabanova website builder editing environment is still in Flash, because it allows us to offer you unparalleled ease of use, flexibility, control when building your website.

Already have a website?
To make sure your existing websites are published not only in Flash but also HTML5 all you need to do is log in to your website and republish it. You can also choose to display the HTML5 version of your site by default.

Want to create a new website?
Any new website you create will be published in HTML5 and Flash automatically. By default the HTML5 version will be displayed in browsers whenever possible, because it loads faster.

You can find more information regarding the HTML5 publish in our Help & Support Center.
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