A few months ago, I was a guest on my friend, Michelle’s, podcast. We talked about our experiences in the WordPress Community here in Rochester, as well as my experience with WPCampus, a community for and by folks who work with WordPress in Higher Ed. I’m so honored that Michelle asked me to on her show, I’ve been a little scared to put this out there because, well, it’s scary! But here it is, and I’m so happy to be part of these communities, where I’ve learned more than I ever though I would and has put me on a path to make the world a more accessible place! (#a11y).
What is Web Accessibility (#a11y)
Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. View comprehensive explanation at w3.org
Why it’s important
- Avoid lawsuits
- Be more inclusive on your website
- Get more customers
You want all those things, right? Getting your website accessible will open your business to more opportunities and your site will work better for everyone.
Tools to check your sites
Start here to get the Wave tool for your browser. Install it for Chrome, and then check your website – how many errors do you get? This will give you a short view into what you can do to improve your website accessibility. Contact me to talk more about it, and help you get to the next level of accessibility for your website.
I am posting this tonight so that I don’t forget about it, and to show how much this organization means to me. I’ve learned heaps and heaps from these awesome people. They help me do a better job every day!
Gravity Forms (or other forms) Automation
Do you use Gravity Forms or other web forms to gather lots of data your processing center needs? Do you still send them individual emails from each form submission?
Let’s talk about how to automate that data collection using the Gravity Forms API!
Even if you don’t use Gravity Forms, you can still gain insight on how to work with your institution to deliver better data they can use without having to reformat or manipulate it to make that data useful.
You can create data formats for uploading into your SIS, create pdfs to index in your systems, and deliver that data to the folks who need it. Scripted. Automated. Done. They will love you.
I use ACF (Advanced Custom Fields) to create the field sets for the pages they want to create/update for and then created a divi global section template that pull the fields into the page. The client then updates the fields on the post, they never have to touch the divi editor.
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Gravity Forms is the Easiest Tool to Create Advanced Forms for Your WordPress-Powered Website.
SEOPress (Yoast Alternative)
Free and Premium WordPress Plugins & Themes. I love the Emmet Lite Theme. I’ve built a child theme for it.