1. Get an ADA Compliance Plugin for WordPress
When browsing accessibility plugins for WordPress websites, you are likely to come across a variety that seems temptingly helpful. Plugins like WP Accessibility, WP Access Helper, and Accessibility Poetry are easy to install on major hosting platforms. And the most tempting part of all? They’re free.
Be sure to read the fine print. These resources and plugins do not guarantee complete compatibility and will often encourage you, as the site owner, to seek outside assistance in reaching full website accessibility. In short, these plugins may add some functionality to your website, but you will still be missing some significant pieces related to WordPress ADA compliance.
2. Ensure Your Content is Easy to Read
Even without disabilities, managing tiny font sizes and eye-straining color schemes feels slightly abusive. Those with visual impairments can’t read your content at all—you may as well hang a sign, “We don’t serve the blind.”
Here’s what you can do to fix this:
First, adjust the column widths so there are roughly 7-10 words on each line. This ensures that your font size won’t set off flags. Next, adjust the color scheme of your website so that the text stands out from the background. You can use the WP Accessibility Plugin or other similar tools to test the contrast of the text against the background.
3. Use ALT Text on All Your Images
If you’re concerned about SEO best practices, you should already use ALT text on all your images. Regarding accessibility, ALT text allows higher comprehension for those using screen readers.
4. Refine Navigational Buttons and Links
Whether designing a table of contents, linking to a product page, or making a CTA button, it’s important to use specific and clear directions. For example, a CTA button that says “Read More” is pretty vague. A thoughtful alternative like “Read More About Web Accessibility” informs the reader where the link will take them.
If your website contains ambiguous links, it prevents those using screen readers from accessing the rest of your site.
5. Scan Your Site With AccessibilityChecker
The free web accessibility scanner we keep presenting lets you know where your website stands. In moments, it lays out a complete and up-to-date evaluation of your website in a tidy report. It instantly recommends at least one solution to fix each compliance issue—showing you precisely what you need to do next.
6. Automate Web Accessibility Compliance
Compliance is an investment in the longevity of your business and your relationship with your customers. Investing a reasonable and affordable sum in an automated solution is worth it. As a result, you will get a fully compliant website, security against lawsuits, the ability to reach a new audience base, and perhaps most importantly, peace of mind. After AccessibilityChecker scans your website, it recommends the most suitable accessibility software solution based on your local laws.