Reports provide you with an overview of exactly where your site stands.
An automatic audit is far more affordable and in some instances, free.
An automatic audit might miss important issues, leaving your site vulnerable to accessibility lawsuits. For example, an automatic audit can’t tell you whether your image alt tags are providing accurate descriptions or if your site structure is logical and practical.
Automatic scans can have lower accuracy rates, depending on the tools you choose to use.
You cannot interact with a person to find out more about how to fix specific issues.
Deciding on the Best Type of Audit for Your Business Website
Now that you have a better understanding of the pros and cons associated with each type of audit, it’s time to decide which route to take.
If you are just starting your web accessibility journey and want a general idea of the issues you might be dealing with, start with an automatic audit. The report that you get will provide you with a good starting point, helping you to lay the foundation for a more accessible and compliant website.
Automatic audits are ideal for agencies and other entities that need to scan multiple websites and would like a basic overview of accessibility issues on a site’s page.
Should you find that your site has more issues than you anticipated, it might be best to enlist the help of a seasoned accessibility expert. This way, you can be sure that you’re covering all your bases. It will also give you the chance to ask questions and gain a deeper understanding of accessibility requirements.
In the end, if you have a smaller, basic site, an automatic audit will give you everything you need to comply and avoid costly and unnecessary lawsuits. However, if you are a larger organization and service an international audience, a manual audit could be a worthwhile investment.
You could even choose to invest in a tool that automatically scans your website on a regular basis, helping you stay on top of accessibility errors before they become major concerns.
What’s most important is that you don’t leave web accessibility at the bottom of your to-do list and only take action once your brand’s reputation and financial status are at risk.
We all have a role to play in creating a more inclusive world for all and it starts with taking small, but significant steps.
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