How to Make WordPress Website Data Accessible and Easy to Use
The advantages of a CMS (Content Management System) are numerous. The main advantages are that you don’t have to worry about writing the HTML and CSS for your website, and that you can easily add and edit content without needing to know programming. However, with all of the advantages come some disadvantages. One of the biggest disadvantages is that many CMSes are not designed for accessibility. In this article, we will discuss how to make WordPress websites more accessible and easy to use.
Use CSS To Make Websites Accessible For Everyone
One of the simplest ways to make your WordPress website accessible is to use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). CSS is a style sheet language that allows you to define a set of styles that will cascade (apply to) all elements on your website. There are already many pre-made themes and plugins for WordPress that come with accessible stylesheets, but if you are a beginner or just want to make tweaks to the website, you can easily do so using CSS.
Change The Way Forms Process Data On Your Website
Another disadvantage of many CMSes is that they don’t really offer good user experience when it comes to forms. For example, when a visitor fills out a form on your website, they usually have to endure multiple redirects just to get to the point where their information is processed. One of the simplest ways to make your WordPress website forms more accessible is to use a form processor. A form processor allows you to define a set of data fields for users to fill out, and it will take care of the rest. For example, you can collect user’s information with form fields such as name, email, and phone number, and define relationships between those fields using lookup tables (fields can be connected using foreign keys). Once defined, the form can be submitted to a third party (e.g. a mailing list or CRM) and processed without having to worry about the technical details of submitting forms.
Minimize Redirects To Increase Findability
When users land on a page of your website, they usually expect to follow a few simple steps to get to the content they are looking for. For instance, when a user lands on your homepage, they expect to see a big picture of a lighthouse with the text “Visit Our Website” below it. When a user clicks on the “Visit Our Website” text, they expect to be taken to a page that contains more information about the company or brand that owns the website. When a user clicks on that page, they expect to see more content pertaining to the product or service they are interested in, and so on. This is known as the “information architecture” of your website, and it is very important to designing a user-friendly website.
Use Video To Explain Content Better
Many websites use video content to explain various topics, both on and off-page. Video can help to explain complicated processes or concepts in a way that is easily understood by anyone. If you’re using video on your website, bear in mind that users with different accessibility requirements may not be able to fully enjoy your content if you don’t take the time to make sure that all of the video is accessible to everyone.
Create Content For Everyone
A CMS allows you to create different types of content (text, images, etc.) and schedule those content types to be published at certain times. This is an excellent way to ensure that your content will be available when users are searching for it. However, if you want to make sure that your content is accessible, you need to take the time to ensure that it is suitable for as many people as possible. When creating content for different user groups (e.g. a student group, business group, or an affiliate marketing community), it’s important to ensure that the content is structured in a way that is logical and easy to understand. If you do this, you will make your content accessible and engageable to everyone.
Use The Right Equipment
If you are creating content for someone with a physical disability (e.g. a blind user), you will need to make sure that they can have the same good user experience as everyone else. One way of doing this is by ensuring that all of the equipment (e.g. hardware, software, web browsers) that they use to access the content are accessible as well. For example, if the equipment they use to access your website is not available to people with different accessibility needs, then it won’t be easy or enjoyable for them to use your website. Always keep in mind that the equipment that they use may be outdated or unsupported by vendors and manufacturers.
Make Sure Everything Is Labeled
All of the content on your website should have text corresponding to it. Even if you’re using images to explain content, the text should match exactly what is being illustrated. For example, if you have a picture on your website of a dog, and the text reads “Our dogs are very friendly,” the text needs to read “Dogs are friendly.” In this way, the image will be more closely associated with the text it is accompanying, and it will be easier for users to locate the information they are looking for. This is a simple but crucial step that will help make your website more accessible.
Use HTML Tabs To Make Navigating Content Easy
If you’re using links to move from one page to another on your website, it’s a good idea to use HTML tabs. Tabs are a way of displaying related content on the same page without having to leave the page. For example, if you’re writing an article about the top 10 reasons why people get into blogging, you could include a link at the end of the article that will take the reader to a page containing that year’s top 10 blog posts. Using tabs makes it easy for users to navigate your content if they are following along using a keyboard.]
Use The ‘Skip To Content’ Button
If you have a lot of content on your website, and if any of that content is longer than a few paragraphs, you may want to consider using the ‘skip to content’ button. The ‘skip to content’ button is a link or button (typically found at the end of an article) that allows users to quickly navigate to the part of your content that they are most interested in. The content that they are skipping may be longer than what they are interested in, so it’s a good idea to include this button to allow users to quickly navigate to the part of your content that is most relevant to them.
With all of the information discussed above, designing a user-friendly website is fairly easy. Creating a CMS that is accessible is actually quite simple as well, so don’t be afraid to try out a few different CMSes to see which one best suits your needs. You can also use a tool such as Google Analytics to track how users are engaging with your content, and from there, you can determine which type of content is most successful and start incorporating that into your future content.