This is Part 4 of our "Your Website Might Only Need A Facelift" series. Last week, we talked about Social Media Buttons and User Friendliness. This week, we'll talk about ADA Compliance and Updated Technology & Security:
The Americans With Disabilities Act Guidelines help orgs create sites that are accessible to the deaf, blind and visually impaired. An ADA compliant website is designed in such a way to facilitate easy navigation by users who use screen readers, text-to-voice or other assistive technologies...
What does an ADA-compliant website look like, exactly? ADA regulations do not spell out exactly what compliant web content is, but businesses that fall under ADA Title I or ADA Title III are required to develop a website that offers "reasonable accessibility" to people with disabilities. This means making sure your website is coded properly with visual an non-visual cues, the right graphics, the correct HTML tags, etc. ADA compliance can sometimes be achieved with a website facelift.
Updated Technology & Security
I know I don’t need to remind you that the world of technology is constantly changing. There are a number of reasons we need to keep pace with technological improvements in the world of website development (like improving website speed and functionality, or making your site easier to update). But the biggest reason is related to website security—protecting your site from security threats and hacks—especially if you run any kind of financial transactions through your website. Some organizations are not HIPPA or COPPA compliant. (And while I’m thinking about it, if you don’t have a “Donate Now” button on every page of your website, that’s another reason you need a website facelift.)
And that wraps up this series on website facelifts and whether or not you may need one. If you’re thinking your org needs some help in this area, please Contact Us. I’ll have some questions for your related to how your website is built, what platform it’s on, where it’s hosted, and of course, what changes you’d like to see. And then we can determine if a website facelift is all you need.