The WordPress team also keeps up with best practices for designers and businesses, to help them make their sites accessible to everyone. There are WordPress communities to join, as well as ideas and tips offered by WordPress directly to their users. Some of WordPress’ basic suggestions include:
Make sure images have descriptive captions that are creative and engaging for those people who physically can’t see the pictures and those who don’t have the proper technology for the images to load. The more descriptive the better – these captions will help the user “see” the image without actually seeing it.
The same goes for links. Be as descriptive as possible to allow all users to understand the purpose of the link, while also driving them to click on it. Our AKEA team for WordPress accessible design is well-versed in this aspect of the build and can add in these necessary details. Talk to our experts now!
Choose Your Accessible WordPress Themes Wisely
Not all WordPress themes are considered accessible; however, some are more complex than others, which could inhibit the experience for some users. For example, visually impaired users may have difficulty with certain colors. Depending on your audience, the WordPress accessible theme you choose can make a significant difference.
WordPress offers many accessibility-ready themes, but knowing your audience and messaging can help you narrow your focus to what will work best for your company or organization. Additionally, WordPress plugins help in adding features and functions to your site, beyond the template. These plugins are already compliant, which helps in streamlining the build process.
Some of these plugins include: contact forms, calendars and directories. Choosing which WordPress accessible themes and plugins would work best for you can be overwhelming if you don’t really know what you are looking for, or what you want. That’s where the experts at AKEA Web Solutions step in. Our team will ensure that your entire WordPress design is accessible and we will code your website so that you are compliant with industry standards.
Always Review and Test ADA Compliance for WordPress Websites
Different types of organizations have different standards and requirements to follow for accessible WordPress design. For example, education websites must follow the Section 508 Accessibility Guidelines. While WordPress cannot guarantee accessibility, users can test compliance using tools and by using the most accessible themes on WordPress, as well as header text instead of images.
Learn more about web accessibility, accessibility on WordPress and how AKEA Web Solutions can help.