If you want your WordPress site to offer a great experience to all of your visitors, you need to make sure that it’s accessible to people with disabilities. What’s more, in many jurisdictions it’s also the law, which means you can get in legal trouble if your site isn’t accessible (just ask Domino’s Pizza).
However, creating an accessible WordPress site can be difficult for two big reasons:
- You might not know what you need to do to make your site accessible in the first place.
- Even if you do know what to do, it can be hard to make sure that all of your content follows those accessibility best practices.
Accessibility Checker is a native WordPress accessibility testing plugin and WAVE alternative that helps content creators and developers solve both pain points by testing your WordPress site for WCAG compliance (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) and other accessibility issues.
It comes from Equalize Digital, an agency that specializes in building accessible WordPress websites and auditing existing sites.
The plugin will scan all of your site’s content to flag issues. Then, it offers detailed instructions to tell you exactly what you need to do to fix the problem.
In our hands-on Accessibility Checker review, we’ll show you how this freemium plugin can help you improve your WordPress website’s accessibility.
Accessibility Checker Review of Features
Accessibility Checker automatically scans your site’s content against 40+ different accessibility checks designed to help you meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 success criteria.
You’ll be able to quickly see issues using a visual summary box and then dig into each issue in detail. You can also ignore issues that don’t apply to clean up your summary box and streamline your tasks.
It’s important to note that Accessibility Checker will not automatically fix the issues that it finds by itself. This isn’t possible to do reliably, which is why Accessibility Checker only flags the issues for you. However, the developer does offer very detailed documentation that shows you how to fix all of the issues that Accessibility Checker might find, so it does give you all the tools/knowledge you need to fix your site’s problems.
Beyond that, it offers Flesch Kincaid grade level analysis and can help you add a simplified summary box if your content’s reading level is too high.
Accessibility Checker Pricing
Accessibility Checker comes in both a free version at WordPress.org as well a premium version with more features.
In general, the free version includes all the same accessibility scanning options, but the premium version adds new features to help make it easier to manage issues across your entire site from one spot and also analyze
This article was written by Colin Newcomer and originally published on WP Mayor.