Accessibility Plugins for WordPress

One of the first steps we recommend as you set up your WordPress site is to install an accessibility plugin. Accessibility plugins add a menu of options for users of your site to customize how they interact with content. An accessibility plugin can easily change font size, disable animations, or indicate links in a particular way, for example. Accessibility plugins are crucial for making a site welcoming and easy-to-use for everyone interested, and for increasing the reach and impact of your site content. 

This DS@UWB site uses the AccessibleWP Toolbar plugin. Try it out! Click on the accessibility icon in the upper lefthand corner of this site and experiment with the various options. You’ll see how you can interact with this blog in different ways.

There are several widely-used and highly-rataed WordPress accessibility plugins. Two we have used and recommend are:

To find an accessibility plugin, go to your WordPress dashboard and go to Plugins. Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page. In the search box on the right, search on “accessibility.” You’ll get free plugin options with quick info about ratings, numbers of installations, and compatibility with your current version of WordPress. You can also click on the plugin to find out more and go to the developer’s site to troubleshoot or ask questions.

Screenshot of WordPress dashboard "Add Plugins" area

Remember, the UW Libraries’ DS Platforms offers free and comprehensive WordPress hosting for faculty and graduate students.

Plugins are just one way to improve the accessibility of your site for all users. You’ll also want to be sure to always use alt text for images, transcripts for videos, provide content in multiple formats, and so much more. 

Read more about web accessibility at W3C’s Web Accessibility site.

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