Although we have heard that hype was not built for developing full websites we think it is possible to build very good sites with it. We tried developing 3-4 full sites for some of our clients and were quite happy with the workflow, ease and control over the look and feel of the sites. There were many hiccups on the way but those were because we were new to many workarounds and advanced techniques of hype. These hiccups got solved right here on these forums by many talented contributors like @DBear @Daniel @h_classen @JimScott @MarkHunte and others who cared and shared and solved issues. There are two issues that we are still struggling with which I would like to get help with so that we continue developing more complex sites with more features and better animations with hype.
Here are two current issues:
1> We need to know what we can do about on site seo from within hype. Hype generates 1 HTML and all the rest of the pages are actually scenes and not real pages. How do we get google to crawl those internal pages when there is no url to submit to google? Is there a way to make the inner scenes (pages) google friendly? Like adding keywords, titles, description and of course the url that appears in search results?
Right now for us it seems that only the top html can be listed in search results and not other inner pages. I hope we are totally wrong and there are ways to get those pages indexed and ranked.
2> Since hype is so good at animations and multimedia it usually inspires developers/designers to go overboard with rich media in sites and that makes it heavy to load. There are ways like splitting the project into multi parts and not preloading etc but it still remains an issue at times. We wanted to circumvent this issue by using animated custom pre-loaders using interesting css animations. There are some good tutorials here on custom pre-loaders that use fixed width hype projects and fixed width custom images but that is not what we are going for. We need light weight but interesting css animations that play while the project loads. We tried and succeeded to a large extent but we are not fully there yet. Most of it is because of css issues and our limited coding skills (most hype users are in this category i suspect and that is why we love hype so much because it makes us all non-coders develop good sites!)
I have already discussed this second issue here and would like more people to look at the sort of problems we are facing and suggest solutions that will help not only us but the entire hype community - after all we too have learnt so much from looking at how other issues were resolved on these forums
Here is the link to my post of this second issue - you can post solutions to first issue here in this post and second issue over at this post: http://forums.tumult.com/t/adding-custom-html-css-based-animated-pre-loader-for-slow-loading-sites/7763?u=sgibm