Flash animation provides your website visitors with rich and engaging interactive content. Once you've created the content, export it to SWF format and upload the file to your host server. A few lines of code will embed the file in your website so it automatically plays when the page loads. To disable this autoplay functionality, add parameters to the script -- which are essentially limitations for the element you're working with -- so the Flash file only begins when the user clicks "Play."

Step 1

Log in to the administrative controls of your website or blog. Upload the SWF file to the server or multimedia library.

Step 2

Launch the HTML editor for the page in which you're embedding the Flash element. Alternatively, you can download the HTML file and open it offline in a text editor like WordPad or TextEdit.

Step 3

Place your cursor in the location on the page where you'd like to add the Flash element. Add several hard returns -- in other words, press the "Enter" button -- to clear your workspace. This will not affect the formatting of the page.

Step 4

Copy and paste the following code, replacing "FILENAME" with your SWF's file name. You can also modify the video player's dimensions -- in both the first and fourth line of code -- if you prefer a smaller or larger viewing window.

<object width="320" height="240"> <param name="movie" value="FILENAME.swf"> <param name="autoplay" value="false"> <embed src="FILENAME.swf" width="320" height="240"> </embed> </object>

Step 5

Save the HTML code and preview your changes on the site to ensure your video plays only when you click the "Play" icon.