7 Simple Strategies to Make Your Website Accessible

By | September 1, 2016

make your website accessibleWhen a visitor comes to your website, you want every single visitor to have a positive experience on your website.

In order to make your website accessible to your audience, the design must be done in a way that makes it easy for people to read and usable to anyone who comes to your site.

Here are 7 simple strategies to make your website accessible:

#1. CAPTCHA

If you use a CAPTCHA to verify that a user is a person and not a computer or program, you may be eliminating some folks from a user experience.

Those who cannot read the CAPTCHA code may be unable to enter it correctly. Thus they won’t have access to the information.

You can add an audio element to your CAPTCHA so visitors can hear the code and then successful type it into their computer. You receive verification. They receive access. Win/win for both!

#2. Tagging Photos

If your images don’t load properly or a user has them blocked, they’re missing out on part of your website. If you simply add an alt tag to your images, then everyone is able to experience your website fully.

An alt tag tells your visitors what the image is if it cannot be displayed or viewed. The Americans with Disabilities Act dictates that all images must have an alt tag.

#3. Small Files and Quick Download Times

Large graphics and files slow a user’s ability to upload your website. Their system may simply not be able to access your site.

If you have large files, you’re therefore making your site inaccessible to many. Make sure website images, files and graphics are all as small as they can be. Quick upload times are appreciated by all.

#4. Standard Files

Make sure any content published or available on your website is available in a readily accessible format.

For example, PDF documents are easily viewed by any system. MS Word files or WordPerfect files are not.

#5. Accessible Navigation

Make sure each button, category, or action step is easy to find and understand.

The more straightforward your website navigation, the easier it will be for each and every visitor to access your site’s pages.

#6. Label All Form Input Elements

If you have a form for visitors to fill out, make sure each element of your form is labeled. This will ensure your visitors know what information is supposed to go into the form.

#7. Make Links Obvious

You must have links for visitors to click on and make sure they are obvious.

Text links, embedded or otherwise, all need to stand out from the rest of the content. Consider bold, underlined or colored formatting to set them apart.

The more you make your website accessible, the better your user’s experience.

Make sure each and every visitors, regardless of their ability or technology, can experience all your site has to offer.

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