When building a WordPress website, you probably already have a laundry list of things that need to be done. Layout optimization, social icons, Google Analytics, SEO settings — to name just a few. Not to mention, content creation when the site has gone online.
Probably the last thing you want is to add more to the list. However, here is an important one, web accessibility.
What’s that you ask?
Making your site accessible means setting it up in a way that anyone can use it, regardless of limitations like visual, aural, or other cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and other things that makes them surf the web in a different way.
Why should you care?
Because (a) you are not a careless jerk and you care about others, I assume, and (b) because your audience is the life blood of your website, so why would you ignore a large part of it? After all, isn’t the goal of websites to appeal to as many people as possible?
In order to achieve this, we will look at what web accessibility exactly is and how to implement it on our WordPress website.
What Are Web Accessibility Guidelines?
The principles of what makes websites accessible for all types of visitors is formulated in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Your website needs to be:
- Perceivable – Meaning it presents info and content in a way users can perceive it.
- Operable – The interface components need to work under many different circumstances for many different users.
- Understandable – Users must be able to understand all content.
- Robust – That means the site is readable and understandable by many different user agents, including assistive technologies.