It may seem there are almost infinite options for various plugins that can better your site accessibility, and there actually are. But none of those options is something you should rely on as they won’t solve your fundamental problems.
If you haven't heard about web accessibility yet, it may come as a surprise to you. As internet access spreads and technologies of all kinds advance, accessibility practices come into play. Web accessibility is the practice of making your website usable for as many people as possible. This includes people with disabilities such as eyesight impairment, various kinds of hearing problems, motoric difficulties, or cognitive problems.
Two main reasons for accessibility implementation are:
Except for the traffic, branding, and legal reasons, by making your website accessible, you are helping those with barriers and increasing their digital experience. That's enough reason on its own.
Many ready-made solutions can easily be implemented on websites. Plugins are widely spread and easily obtainable. Sure, it sounds like a great and easy solution that might make you feel your web accessibility optimization job is done... But there's a slight problem — most plugins try to cram various disabilities in the same box.
The automated tools for finding accessibility barriers are also limited. Even with AI assistance and predefined criteria, they will be able to single out only about 40% of errors on your site. To avoid that, you need a manual check of the website's accessibility.
Here are some examples of problems automation won’t be able to find and solve:
And those are just some of the main points. Perhaps the best representation of human experience over AI when it comes to accessibility occurs in a situation similar to this one:
A humane approach to human challenges is the only way of obtaining a high-grade accessibility website. To prove it, we've made a list of potential issues you might encounter if you opt for an easy-to-get plugin.
The list is already long, and we've barely scratched the surface. Non-optimized websites and websites filled with predefined plugins pose major challenges to users with disabilities and, in the end, website owners.
This is why we pay so much attention to our work. Using automated processes, human audits, and QA experts, we check your website accessibility and tell you exactly what's wrong and how to solve it.
We also work hard to provide solutions that have above-average website performance in accordance with the Web Core Vitals and Lighthouse measuring tools.
Optimizing by the people, for the people is the only way to go. Feel free to reach us for any advice or website accessibility optimizations!