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Danny Trichter
Author
Hina Ilyas
Researcher
#webaccessibility #Equalweb #ADAcompliance
October 7, 2021
5 minutes

EqualWeb is a web accessibility solution that promises accessibility in one easy step. All you need to do is add one line of code to your website, and EqualWeb takes care of the rest. With over 100M installations to date, this is certainly one of the most popular accessibility tools.

Depending on the plan you choose, EqualWeb ensures your site meets the most recent web accessibility legislation, including ADA title 3 and section 508, AODA, EN301549, and others.

Background of Equalweb

With headquarters in Israel and two US-based offices, EqualWeb is a leading web accessibility solution for a reason. This organization has spent several years working directly with the disabled community to create a solution that will truly benefit them. 

To date, EqualWeb has built an impressive client list, which includes names like Lenovo, Zara, Coca-Cola, Adidas, and more.

Along with providing customers with an effective accessibility solution, the EqualWeb team is also dedicated to providing ongoing support, another reason why they stand out. 

EqualWeb
  • WCAG
  • ADA
  • AODA
  • Section 508 Compliant

EqualWeb, a fast and cost-effective plugin, can help you meet worldwide accessibility requirements.

AI technology creates a more tailored browsing experience with the help of 27 accessibility features and a choice of 32 languages. Some of the accessiblity menu options include:

  • Screen reader adjustment
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Numeric navigation
  • Blink block
  • Text reader
  • Voice commands
  • Color adjustments
  • Font sizing
  • Includes real-time accessibility scan monitoring to make WCAG 2.1 and ADA compliant
  • Automated AI-powered

Pros

  • Litigation insurance plan
  • Easy installation
  • Low starting cost
  • Free widget
  • 30% discount for nonprofits
  • 7-Day free trial

Cons

  • Confusing pricing model
  • Expensive remediation package
  • Weak customer support

Existing Clients

Equalweb Services and Features

Compliance

EqualWeb’s paid solution will ensure your website is compliant with the following legislative requirements:

  • ADA Title 3
  • Section 508
  • WCAG 2.1

* To understand the difference between the paid and free versions, and how the paid version ensures full compliance, you can visit Equalweb’s plans & pricing comparison page.

** If your site contains videos and/or PDFs, you may encounter additional costs in order to ensure they meet accessibility requirements.

Price Model

EqualWeb’s products and services vary, as do the prices. There are four auto-powered plans to choose from, which start at $390 a year for a website with up to 100 pages and end at $1,690 a year for a site with 100k pages.

EqualWeb also offers a 7-day free trial in case you would like to test out the product before making a long-term commitment.

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Platform Compatibility

EqualWeb is compatible with most major CMS platforms and has helped over 50K websites become fully or partially accessible, so rest assured- they have experience in this domain.

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Ease of Installation

To get set up, you just need to install one line of code on your website, or better yet, have the EqualWeb engineers assist you in as little as 24 hours.  If you experience any trouble, you can always reach out to EqualWeb’s account management team for assistance.

equalweb Ease of Installation

Technology & Features

Like other solutions on the market, EqualWeb used AI and machine learning algorithms to create an automated accessibility solution. A pop-up toolbar interface is also available once you click on the accessibility icon on your website.

The interface and icon are customizable and can be altered to fit your website’s design and brand.

Here’s the widget as shown on Iron Source’s website:

equalweb Technology & Features

Next, let’s dive into some of EqualWeb’s features:

Navigation Adjustments

One of the most important aspects of web accessibility and about 80% of the WCAG requirements involve the following navigation-related adjustments:

These navigation adjustments include
  • Keyboard navigation
  • Screen reader compatibility
  • Blink blocking for users who struggle with seizures
  • Text readers that read text out loud
  • Voice commands

 

equalweb Navigation Adjustments

Color Adjustments

Color adjustment features assist users with visual impairments such as color blindness or other visual problems.

equalweb-features

Content Adjustments

These features and adjustments are created for the elderly or users with cognitive related impairments:

  • Magnifier
  • Readable font
  • Image description that displays descriptions for images in a floating display
  • Dictionary
  • Text magnifier

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Customer Support

Chat Support ★★★★

Free 15 minutes with an accessibility specialist.

Tech Support ★★☆☆☆

The plan you choose will ultimately decide the amount of tech support you will receive.

Account Management ★★★☆☆

Contacting EqualWeb’s account management team is the best way to assess and understand what you need for your website and get all your questions answered.

How does Equalweb compare to competitors?

If you’ve been researching web accessibility solutions, you will know that many of them are automated. There are also a few that offer both automatic and manual remediation – EqualWeb is one of these solutions, providing you with greater peace of mind knowing your site is fully compliant.

Another area where EqualWeb stands out from competitors is the pricing. Users can access a number of EqualWeb features for free! Thereafter, the monthly price is still competitive, making this one of the most affordable accessibility solutions.

Lastly, there’s EqualWeb’s accessibility warranty, a unique offering that only a handful of brands have. When you choose a full remediation plan, you also receive a warranty worth up to $1,000,000.

Our Verdict

Like most web accessibility solutions, you’ll see banners for ADA, AODA, EN 301549 on the EqualWeb site. This is to assure you that their solution is geared towards full ADA compliance.

EqualWeb is considered one of the top five best solutions on the market with an impressive list of clients. What makes it unique is that it’s the only solution to offer an insurance plan for your website in the event of litigation.

If you’re looking for a company that offers more than an automated accessibility solution EqualWeb might be a good fit for you.

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