Users visiting a Warm Forest site on an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch are automatically redirected to a simplified non-Flash mobile version of the site which is customizable. Users on other mobile devices and users who do not have the Flash plugin installed will see alternate content on the homepage urging them to upgrade their Flash Player as well as providing a link to the non-Flash mobile version of the site. This ensures your content is accessible to all users on all devices. Everything is even W3C valid XHTML 1.0.
I've had customers with absolutely zero web experience put together their sites with no problems. If you have any experience editing HTML/XML, then you will be ahead of the game.
As far as technical skills, all you need to be able to do is edit XML files and create JPG images of your work. An XML file is just a text file that holds the content for a website. The website reads the XML and builds the site according to what is in the XML file. Just open the XML file in any text editor and start changing the values. After editing, refresh the web page in the browser to see the results. For example, you might see something like projectTitle="Your Project Title" - just change the "Your Project Title" part to what you want. That's it!
All you will need is some type of image editing program (like Photoshop) to save JPGs of your work and a text editor like Notepad which any operating system will already come with. A more robust editor like Dreamweaver would be helpful but not required. I personally recommend Notepad++ as a text editor which you can download for free. Owning Flash is not required.
You do not need to own the fonts – the fonts are embedded in the SWFs. You can make changes to the XML and customize all the colors and content all without having to own the font. However, if you make source code customizations and try to republish the FLA inside of Flash you will need to have the font on your computer. Changing fonts is fairly easy inside the FLA if you have experience with Flash and AS3.
No. Customers download the complete sites from Warm Forest and upload them to their own sites. If you are looking for a cheap and reliable web host, I always recommend DreamHost.
Hello. I'm Jeremiah and I am a freelance Interactive Art Director & Flash Developer working out of the Washington, DC area. After six years working fulltime in the interactive industry, I set out on my own as a freelancer in 2007. I started Warm Forest as a way to earn extra money during slow times in my freelance business.
When not in front of the computer you'll probably find me either playing/listening to music or doing something outdoors like running, fly fishing or birdwatching.