A lot of web developers are unaware of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and how to make their websites WCAG compliant. This means that many websites cannot be accessed by people with disabilities, resulting in lost customers and revenue. Fortunately, there are solutions that you can use to ensure WCAG compliance without sacrificing on speed or ease of use. Find out more about these solutions here.
Understanding Website Accessibility
All businesses need to take into account a potential global audience and provide websites that are accessible to as many people as possible. One way to do that is by understanding how certain design choices impact website accessibility, or compliance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). You can use one of several WCAG tools to test different aspects of your site.
Just keep in mind: The more complex your site is, or if you have a custom theme on WordPress, then there’s a good chance you’ll need help from a developer. Don’t worry! It’s likely not too costly and could be money well spent if it means customers in international markets are able to visit your site.
Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?
If your website isn’t mobile-friendly, it could be hurting your business. Users who browse your site on a smartphone or tablet may have difficulty navigating through cluttered pages and images that are too small to see. From lower search engine rankings to fewer leads, a mobile-unfriendly website could cause serious problems for your business. Take action by making sure your website is compliant with WCAG 2.0 AA standards. For more information about how W3C helps make web content accessible to everyone, click here .
Free Software Can Help
A wide variety of free software is available to help you ensure your website complies with WCAG requirements. There are a number of tools and scripts that can help, including free versions of popular commercial products such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Expression Web and Serif WebPlus. These and other options are detailed in our post, Free Tools That Make Website Accessibility Compliance Easy. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Accessibility Features in WordPress Plugins
A quick word on WordPress plugins. They are important and come in handy, but they can do more harm than good if you don’t use them right. If you run a WordPress site, it is crucial that you choose an accessibility plugin that has been approved by W3C. This way, your website will be up to code and will be accessible by all users regardless of browser or device used. Even better – choose a plugin from a reputable company so it doesn’t break everything as soon as an update is released.
WCAG Compliance Solutions for Businesses
If you have a website or are developing one, it’s important to create content that’s accessible to all. There are two rules of accessibility (also known as WCAG): Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). If you have more than 25 employees, you are required by law to comply with Section 508. Additionally, if your company operates in multiple states or countries, it’s also best practice to create compliant websites under WCAG. If you have already designed a site but need help making it compliant, there are many solutions available that can make compliance easier; here are some options