Understanding and properly utilizing WordPress accessibility is vital to your site’s usability. If you’re new to this topic, accessibility is just what it sounds like: the degree to which anyone can access and fully use something.
“Accessibility is the practice of making your websites usable by as many people as possible. We traditionally think of this as being about people with disabilities, but the practice of making sites accessible also benefits other groups such as those using mobile devices, or those with slow network connections.” (source)
The more accessible your site is, the more people can use it. When a site is less accessible, or when accessibility isn’t prioritized, a portion of your audience is deterred or completely barred from getting all the information your site has to offer.
In this post, we’ll discuss why accessibility matters, what it means, the degree to which WordPress is already accessible, how site builders can make sites accessible, and how to test a site’s accessibility.
Let’s get started!
What Web Accessibility Means
Web accessibility means that a website is designed and developed so that all people can use it. This includes how they understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the website.
A good way to fully define and understand web accessibility is to bust some of its myths.
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Myth One: It’s Just for the Blind
A fully accessible website should be usable by people with auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual disabilities. People with disabilities are a prime focus for accessibility efforts. However, they’re not the only people who benefit from an accessible website.
Web accessibility improves the user experience for all the following kinds of people and situations:
- Someone using mobile devices with smaller screens and varying input modes.
- People with limited abilities, vision, or mobility due to aging.
- Someone with a temporary difficulty like an injured hand.
- A person using the site in an area with lighting that may change the contrast on their screen.
- Someone accessing the site with limited Internet connection or bandwidth.
Myth Two: It’s a Fad or Trend
Chances are, you have heard more and more about web accessibility in recent years. As the web is growing and more and more people rely upon it, web accessibility is becoming a more urgent issue. But it isn’t just a fad.
“Digital accessibility is a civil right and a human right of disabled people around the globe.”
Lainey Feingold, disability rights lawyer and author
As time passes and the use of the web becomes more ubiquitous, so does the need for widespread web accessibility. When a website isn’t fully accessible according
This article was written by Allie Nimmons and originally published on Blog – Kinsta®.