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Tips for Designing Your Website with Accessibility in Mind

Tips for Designing Your Website with Accessibility in Mind

Designing your website with accessibility in mind can be a daunting task, especially since there are so many options for making a website accessible. To get started, consider these basic design features, which meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Associate a label with every form control: Labels help readers understand the required input for the form field. Create labels by using a for attribute on the <label> element linked to the ID attribute of the form element or by using WAI-ARIA attributes. 

Include Alternative Text for Images: Alternative text describes images to viewers (and search engines). Include alternative text for informational and functional images. Decorative images should have empty text alternatives.

Identify Page Language and Language Changes: Identify page language and language changes of every page by using the lang attribute in the html tag.

Use Markup to Convey Meaning and Structure: Using the right mark-up for headings, lists, tables, and more will improve the structure of your content.

Help Users Avoid and Correct Mistakes: If your website will include forms, plan on including clear instructions, messages, and notifications to assist with completing forms. It also helps to give specific explanations, corrections, and to provide a very forgiving format.

Other helpful tips for designing your website with accessibility in mind include: 

  • having the reading order match the logical order of the information presented
  • helping the user understand nonstandard interactive elements
  • making sure interactive elements are keyboard accessible 
  • using code that fits the user’s technology
  • avoiding CAPTCHA, if possible

We found these tips to help you meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) requirements in the article Tips for Getting Started – Developing for Web Accessibility. Read the article for more documents, tutorials, and user stories. 

How to Ensure Your Website is Accessible for the Visually Impaired

How to Ensure Your Website is Accessible for the Visually Impaired

According to the American Foundation for the Blind, 26.9 million adult Americans report having trouble seeing, even with glasses or contacts, or they are completely blind. Any visual impairment can make it extremely difficult for someone using a computer to interpret what they see. It’s important that your website is accessible to the visually impaired. 

To ensure your website is accessible, follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and create user interface design and visual design using the most accessible and easy-to-interpret methods possible to assist the visually impaired. Below are some best practices to follow.

Provide Sufficient Contrast between Foreground and Background: If foreground texts and background colors are too similar, they can be difficult to read. Use recommended “Contrast ratio” for images, buttons, and other elements, but not for logos or text in a photograph.

Don’t Use Color Alone to Convey Information: In addition to using colors to differentiate elements, also use symbols (e.g. asterisk, bullet point, dashes), numbers, or labels to show differentiation between elements, areas, graphs, etc. Adding a pattern to a color is another useful method. 

Make Sure Interactive Elements Are Easy to Identify: For easy identification, change the appearance of links on mouse over, keyboard focus, and touchscreen activation.

Provide Clear and Consistent Navigation Options: Have clear navigation options by using consistent naming, styling, and positioning. Also use multiple methods of website navigation in addition to orientation cues, like breadcrumbs and clear headings.

Make Sure That Form Elements Include Clearly Associated Labels: All fields should have a descriptive label with minimum space between labels and fields.

Provide Easily Identifiable Feedback: Make feedback (confirmation, alerts, notification) easily identifiable. Feedback needing user action should use a prominent style.

Use Headings and Spacing to Group Related Content: Using whitespace, proximity, and style headings to group related content will help provide clarity.

Create Designs for Different Viewport Sizes: Change position and presentation of main elements (e.g. header, navigation) to optimize use of space. Adjusting text size and line width will maximize readability.

Include Image and Media Alternatives in Your Design: Use alternatives for images and media such as visible links to transcripts of audio, text with icons and buttons, and captions / descriptions for tables and graphs.

Provide Controls for Content That Starts Automatically: Use clearly visible controls to let users stop animation, auto-playing sound, carousels, and videos.

We found these tips to help you meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) requirements in the article Tips for Getting Started – Designing for Web Accessibility. Read the article for more detailed information on how to make your website accessible to the visually impaired. 

Protecting Photographers’ Image Copyright On WordPress Sites

Protecting Photographers’ Image Copyright On WordPress Sites


The web doesn’t have a native mechanism for protecting content from copyright infringement. Aside from complex digital rights management solutions, which aren’t really appropriate for photography sites, there’s little a photographer can do to prevent determined infringers from copying images and using them without regard for the photographer’s chosen licence.

This is a huge problem for photographers. The web is an essential tool for displaying and promoting photography, but anything published on the web is up for grabs — at least from a technical perspective. From a legal and ethical perspective, photographers have the right and the ability to protect their work. But many users either don’t understand or don’t respect those rights.

There are various routes a photographer can take to the reduce the impact of copyright infringement, but none is ideal and each has trade-offs.

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Track Inbound and Outbound Link Clicks Easily With Free WordPress Plugin: DW Shortlinks

Track Inbound and Outbound Link Clicks Easily With Free WordPress Plugin: DW Shortlinks

Today we are glad to introduce to you a free plugin which was built by the development team of WooBeginner/DesignWall with the name: DW Shortlinks. This plugin is currently being used in our WooCommerce Themes & WooCommerce Plugins listing. The main feature of this plugin is created short and clean URLs, with your own domain. Also tracking outbound link clicks, with internal reporting for hits per link.

 

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Raising Funds With WooCommerce Donation Plugins

Raising Funds With WooCommerce Donation Plugins

WooCommerce is a wonderful plugin that turns your website into an online store. You can use it to sell digital and physical products. But what if you are interested in accepting donations? These WooCommerce donation plugins below will help you do just that.

Premium WooCommerce Donation Plugins

SUMO Donations – WooCommerce Donation System

Price: $25

SUMO Donations is a Complete WooCommerce Donation System that provides options for the users to make donations on your WooCommerce site. It supports Recurring Donations (requires SUMO Subscriptions). Donations from visitors can be made in the Single Product Page, Checkout Page, Cart Page, Donation Form displayed in any Page/Post using Shortcode and On Exit Fly Box in Cart/Checkout Page. Donations can be Automatic or Manual.

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Woocommerce Donation

Woocommerce Donation plugin allows you to accept donations in WooCommerce with an amount specified by the clients, so your users can donate any amount they wish. Woocommerce Donation plugin easily integrates with the theme design you have already. Possibility to chose an existing no-taxable, non-shipping, not viewable OR to create a new product with the above properties from the plugin itself.

Price: $18

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Boost Your Design Skills by Developing Good Habits

Boost Your Design Skills by Developing Good Habits

There’s a lot more to designing a website than just the technical know-how. The technical details are important, of course, but so are a lot of other factors. Web designers develop habits, both good and bad.  There are particular good habits that can lead to considerably better website design, and these are some of the most important good habits that will improve your design skills.

Use a Good Computer

Before you even begin to design a website, there are some things you can do to make it the best website possible. Buy the best computer you can afford.  Computer technology advances quickly, and if you’re using an older computer with outdated technology, you’re not going to get the results you’ll get with a newer, faster computer that can support more advanced software.

Know Your Market

Do plenty of research on your target market. Know what your audience will be looking for in a website, and provide that for them.

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