Making your WordPress site accessible
Now that we’ve covered some of the basic considerations for creating an accessible WordPress website, let’s dive into some specific techniques you can use.
One of the first things to do is to make sure all images on your site have alt text. Alt text is a short description of an image that is displayed in place of the image if it can’t be displayed, and it’s also read aloud by screen readers. Adding alt text to your images helps screen reader users understand the content of your site and can also improve your SEO.
Another important step is to provide closed captions or transcripts for any videos on your site. This will make your video content accessible to users who are deaf or hard of hearing, and it can also make your site more accessible to users who speak a different language or have difficulty understanding spoken content.
Clear and consistent navigation is also crucial for an accessible WordPress site. Users should be able to easily find the information they are looking for and understand how to move around your site. This can be achieved through intuitive menu structures, clear headings and subheadings, and descriptive link text.
It’s also important to make sure your site can be used with a keyboard only. This can be especially helpful for users with motor difficulties, as well as users who prefer to use a keyboard for navigation. You can test your site’s keyboard accessibility by trying to navigate it using only the tab key and enter key.
Finally, make sure the text on your site is easy to read and understand. Use a clear and legible font, and avoid using small font sizes or low contrast text. It’s also a good idea to use descriptive headings and subheadings to help users understand the content of your page.
Testing and improving accessibility
Once you’ve implemented some of the techniques above, it’s a good idea to test your site’s accessibility to ensure it meets the needs of all users. There are many tools available for testing the accessibility of your WordPress site, including:
WAVE: This tool analyzes your site’s HTML code and identifies any accessibility issues.
Lighthouse: This tool, developed by Google, analyzes your site’s performance, accessibility, and other factors and provides recommendations for improvement.
aXe: This tool analyzes your site’s HTML and CSS code and identifies any accessibility issues.
Once you’ve identified any accessibility issues, it’s important to take steps to fix them. This may involve modifying your site’s HTML or CSS code, or it may involve making other changes to your site’s design or content.
Improving the UX for visitors with disabilities on your WordPress site is an important goal that can benefit all users. By considering the needs of different types of users and implementing techniques like alt text, closed captions, and keyboard-friendly design, you can create a site that is accessible and enjoyable for all.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG): https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/
WordPress accessibility resources: https://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/
W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative: https://www.w3.org/WAI/
We hope these tips have been helpful in understanding how to create an accessible WordPress site. If you have any further questions or need additional support, Maintenance Press can help you streamline your WordPress web accessibility.