Making your WordPress site accessible is important for several reasons. First, it is the right thing to do, but it can also help you attract more customers. This blog post will discuss some of the best ways to make your site more accessible for everyone. We will cover topics such as making your images accessible, using headings and lists correctly, using tools such as accessiBe WordPress, and adding alt text to your images. We will also provide links to additional resources that can help you make your WordPress site more accessible.
What is accessibility and why should you care?
Accessibility refers to the ability of people with disabilities to access and use information and web resources. According to a recent study, over one billion people worldwide live with some form of disability. If you’re not making your WordPress site accessible, you could be excluding a large portion of your potential audience. In addition to being the right thing to do, making your WordPress site accessible can also help you attract more customers and improve your search engine ranking.
How can you make your WordPress site more accessible for everyone?
There are several ways you can make your WordPress site more accessible. Some of the best methods include:
Make sure your images have alt text
Alt text means “alternative text” and is used to describe images for people who cannot see them. When adding images to your WordPress site, include alt text that accurately describes the image.
Using headings and lists correctly
Headings and lists are important tools for making content more accessible. They help break up large blocks of text and make it easier for people to find the information they’re looking for. When using headings, be sure to use them in order of importance (H tag) and only use one H tag per page. For lists, you can use either unordered lists (ul) or ordered lists (ol).
Adding alt text to your images
Alt-text is used to describe images for people who cannot see them. When adding images to your WordPress site, include alt text that accurately describes the image.
These are just a few ways you can make your WordPress site more accessible. For more information on how to make your site accessible, we encourage you to check out the following resources:
- WebAIM’s Introduction to Web Accessibility
- WooCommerce’s Guide to WCAG Compliance
- The WordPress Accessibility Team
How can you test your site’s accessibility level?
There are several tools you can use to test the accessibility of your WordPress site. Some of our favorites include:
- WebAIM’s WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool
- The Axe browser extension
- The Chrome Accessibility Developer Tools
Q: Is accessibility only important for people with disabilities?
A: No, accessibility is important for everyone. Making your site accessible can help you attract more customers and improve your search engine ranking.
Q: I’m not a programmer. Can I still make my WordPress site more accessible?
A: Yes, there are many ways you can make your WordPress site more accessible without any programming knowledge. Some of the best methods include adding alt text to your images and using headings and lists correctly.