There are a lot of things to factor in when you are building a new website or assessing your existing one.
Page speed (how fast your website loads on both desktop and mobile devices), website structure, page titles and keywords, meta descriptions, images, and more! The list goes on and on.
In addition to aaaaall of those things, we’re going to add one more.
Make sure your website is ADA compliant.
ADA, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, requires certain businesses to make accommodations for those who have disabilities. If you’re a large enough business, I’m sure you are already well aware of the ADA regulations that you legally need to follow in your office and business, which can include things like wheelchair accessibility or providing braille menus if you are a restaurant.
But, no matter your business size, it would behoove you to have your website ADA compliant.
When your website is ADA compliant you allow it to easily be found by those who may be visually impaired or have other limitations in searching the web.
Other than making your website accessible to persons with visual, hearing, and even mobility handicaps, making your website ADA accessible will also allow it to be crawled more effectively by search engines and be found by the increasing number of voice searches that are happening on mobile devices. Win-win-win!
First, if you didn’t design your website and really aren’t sure if your website is already compliant, you can check it here: https://webaccessibility.com/
While there are no clear legal accessibility guidelines for websites to follow, there are some good practices that are wise to put into place.
There are many companies that can work with you on usability. As a Seattle Website Design Agency, we’re one of them, so give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about the usability of your website.