Are you looking to increase traffic on your company’s website? Do you want to be sure that as many people as possible can visit your site, and stay long enough to make a purchase, or learn about your services? In order to do this, you need to be sure that your website is accessible to all, including those who may have a disability that creates accessibility issues.
The experts at accessiBe understand better than anyone how important accessible compliant websites are, as well as how to make it happen. With that said, they’ve gone ahead and identified 4 essential compliance tools for companies to use in their efforts to ensure everyone can use their website with ease.
Perform an Accessibility Audit
One of the best places to start on your quest to make your website more accessible is to have a professional accessibility audit done that takes a look at your current efforts, and clearly identifies areas of concern. This is something that the pros at accessiBe do for their clients, pointing out that it is ideal for any website that is planning a remediation project or is in the middle of one. It provides direction and a roadmap, if you will, to ensure you’re on the right track.
With any accessibility test, there are a few key areas that need to be looked at, such as:
- Do you offer full functionality via the keyboard?
- Are transcripts and captions offered on all the different types of media?
- Can you conduct a high contrast mode test?
Automated Tools Take the Guesswork Out
Another ‘must-have’ compliance tool as noted by accessiBe is any sort of automated tool. All you have to do is take a look at their accessibility interface which can automatically remediate about 30% of the issues currently on a website. With this specific tool, the user has full control, which means there are customization features they can make use of.
AI Tech Should be Used in the Compliance Tools
accessiBe also recommends that when looking for the essential compliance tools you look for those that use AI (artificial intelligence) technology. This is cutting-edge technology that truly is above and beyond manually making changes, line by line, and hoping that you catch everything.
Embrace Ongoing Maintenance Tools
While it’s great to update your site and ensure all content and features are accessible, this shouldn’t be seen as a one-time event. Instead, it’s important to keep up with ongoing maintenance to ensure nothing falls through the cracks and gets overlooked. As you move forward, posting new content, it needs to still be compliant.
This is another opportunity to take advantage of automated tools so that you’re not sitting there manually having to make changes.
Making a Website Compliant Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult
If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or intimidated by the entire process to make your website compatible, which makes it approachable for all and ensures it adheres to legislation in your area, it’s really time to just jump right in. With essential tools such as the ones accessiBe has identified, the process is both smooth and fast.