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.
Over the years, I have found great online resources to help me with my coding work. Many have shared their insight and expertise with me through various resources. Below is a list I’m compiling for my own reference, and I hope you find some help in these resources as well! If you have any questions about building your website, leave me a comment or contact me.
Accessibility is not only important for your website to create a space where everyone can access your products and services, it’s also a legal issue. It can be an overwhelming undertaking to understand how to make your website accessible to all, but there are many resources to help you on your way!
WPShout – indepth WordPress Tutorials for Developers
WPCampus Library – growing collection of knowledge shared by members of the WPCampus community
I will continue adding to this list. Leave a comment with your favorite web development resources, and I’ll add them to my list! See my list of plugins, themes, and hosting recommendations, they are my affiliate links so I make a small commission if you use the links (and I appreciate it!!)