Imagine how many visitors to your website or blog you’ve had over the past month or year. Now imagine how many people have visited your site since it first went live. The numbers are probably in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions.
While each visitor to your site might seem like just another click or digit within your analytics, each visit is a real person. And if you were to look at the average of people using the internet, a decent amount of those visitors would likely have some form of disability which may impact how they use your site.
This is nothing new, but it’s gaining a lot more attention. Compliance is even now in place to make sure businesses and brands of all sizes have the necessary accessibility tools and usage capabilities on their site–thus making it easy and accessible for all audiences.
Just a quick glance at any of the recent news stories on ADA compliance will tell you how big of a deal this all is.
However, instead of just focusing on what’s happening in the news and where organizations in the past may have messed up, let’s instead focus on how you can make your website and blog ADA compliant. This will not only keep your site and brand protected against the new laws in effect, it will also provide a much better user experience for your audience as well.
To do this, we first recommend you read through these Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, so you have a good understanding of the rules and regulations in place. This will also help make sure you know why your site needs to be compliant to avoid potential disasters and fines.
How to Make Your Site Compliant with accessiBe.com
For this tutorial, we will walk through the process of how to easily add accessiBe to make an ADA website. Through the technology and AI-learning platform created by accessiBe, site owners can instantly be compliant to all ADA standards, while also providing their audience with the necessary tools to view, modify and engage on all sites to fit their needs.
When looking at any tool or solution on the internet today, one of the first things you will need to examine is what platforms it works well with. In the case of accessiBe, there are no worries. If you are using WordPress, there is a simple WP plugin to start using the solution right away. For anything other platforms like Wix or others, all it takes is a simple copy and paste of their code, and your site is ready to go.
Going through this process is quite simple. All you need to do is create an account, log in to the member area and grab the code for your site. Should you have any questions, there are also plenty of easy to follow installation views provided on the accessiBe site.
Creating and account and adding a line of your code to your site only takes a few minutes. And after that, you are all ready to go — however, the power and AI-learning capabilities of accessiBe is always working for you.
Just take a look at these simple five step process of how accessiBe is making your site ADA compliant, while also learning how to scan your site and make it better for each and every visitor.
Five Steps to ADA Compliance with accessiBe
- Create an account and install their single line of JS code
- accessiBe instantly displays their accessibility tool on your site
- AI starts to scan your site to improve usage
- In 48 hours, their AI is finished and your site is compliant
- New scans take place every 24 hours, checking for new content
Using accessiBe to Make Your Site ADA Compliant
Once the code is added to your site, it’s all about understanding how the process works, previewing the different visibility options and tabs for your audience, and making it easy for your site visitors to know where and how to use such features.
Instead of providing you with a list of benefits and features, we thought it would be better to provide you with some visuals and real life examples as well. With more than 30+ different businesses and brands featured on the accessiBe site, you can take a look at how well their solution works across a wide range of sites and blogs.
However, since we are in the internet marketing space, I also wanted to provide you with an example from a top blogger who is also using accessiBe on his own site.
Which would be NeilPatel.com.
Head over to his site and you will see a little icon on the bottom left corner that shows a symbol for a person in a wheelchair. If you were to click it, a tab like the one below will instantly appear on the page.
As you can see, this tab is the “Accessibility Platform By accessiBe” and offers a wide range of customization and viewing features for the many types of disabilities that might make viewing and usage on a typical website quite difficult.
One of the most common problems when viewing websites, is the inability to read smaller fonts and distinguish different areas of the site because of color features. Should this be the case, the accessiBe platform has all of these features and customization easily accessible for every site visitor.
Quick changes can be made in reference to the colors, contrast and saturation of content on your site as well. All it takes is a simple scroll down to the “Color and Display Adjustments” settings and you can change the colors, contrast, saturation and more.
You can see the cause and effect of such setting changes in the screenshot below.
As mentioned earlier, when you think about how many people have visited your site over the years, imagine how many of them might have left because the text was too small, the colors were weird to them or they just couldn’t properly use your site. Even that number was less than 1% of your audience, we could still be talking about tens of thousands of lost visitors, and a lot of lost revenue as well.
By providing your audience with a way to customize the look and feel of your site to fit their needs, not only are they going to be using your site, they are going to appreciate the user experience as well. This could also ultimately improve user engagement and revenue per user as well.
Disabilities come in many different types, shapes and sizes. You never know who might be visiting your site, so it’s extremely important to make sure it’s ADA compliant and goes out of the way to make sure every person can get the most of out your site.
How Much Does accessiBe Cost?
Creating a custom solution to make your site or blog ADA compliant would likely cost thousands of dollars in new design and programming work. Fortunately, accessiBe was created to make the process of ADA compliance not only easy, but also affordable.
Site owners, businesses and brands of all sizes can become compliant for a low annual fee of $490. Depending on the size and needs of your business, different plans are also available.
All accessiBe clients benefit from the following features:
- Certificate for making your website accessible
- Open your website to people with disabilities
- Monthly automatic updates from our cloud
- Compliance with WCAG 2.1 AA / ADA / Section 508
- Quick and straightforward one line code or plugin installation
Lastly, accessiBe is currently running a promotion where they are offering a free 7-day trial for anyone that would like to test out the accessibility tool on their site and see what the platform has to offer.
Remember, ADA compliance isn’t just a recommendation–it’s the law.