If you update the content on your website, it’s important to make sure that the text, photos, videos, etc., are accessible and usable by everyone.
What is web accessibility?
In general, accessibility on the web means making your website as inclusive to as many users as possible. This includes people with auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual disabilities.
Accessibility can also benefit people without disabilities such as
- people with small screens (mobile phones, tablets, smart watches), smart TVs, and devices with different input modes;
- older people with changing abilities due to ageing;
- people with “temporary disabilities” such as a broken arm or lost glasses;
- people with situational limitations such as in a dark room, in bright sunlight, or in an place where they cannot listen to audio;
- and people with slow, limited, or expensive Internet connections.
Finally, accessibility also affects search engines which must crawl through the links on your pages to read and index what’s there. This means accessibility may also help your website rank better in Google searches.
Tips for entering accessible content
Visit the Accessibility Support Documents page on wordpress.com to get tips on how to enter accessible content. This page explains how to
- write descriptive image captions
- use ALT text on images
- clearly describe links
- use appropriate headings
- choose fonts and colors wisely
You can learn more about web accessibility at the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) website. It covers these topics in a very easy to understand manner with text and short videos: why accessibility is important, what makes a website accessible, and accessibility examples.
We can enter accessible content for you at our standard design rate. Just open a support ticket for your website update on our Support page.
Are you interested in a new accessible website design? Contact us to see how we can help.