Are you thinking of a way to efficiently improve your website\u2019s search engine optimization? Have you maxed out your keywords and metatags, but you\u2019re still falling quite short in your expected rankings? Then you\u2019re probably lacking in website accessibility.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t know what website accessibility is? No worries because we\u2019ve got you covered. In this article, we are going to talk about what it is, why you should prioritize it, how to make your website more accessible, and much more.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s the method of making a website more accessible for those who are burdened with physical challenges and disabilities. These disabilities include (but are not limited to) visual impairment, neurological issues, cognitive disabilities, hearing impairments, etc.\r\n\r\nThe Americans with Disabilities Act (also known as ADA), a civil rights law signed in 1990, seeks to provide everyone \u201cequal access to the same opportunities\u201d. By not making your website accessible, your business is liable to face legal issues.\r\nTips to Make Your Website Accessible\r\nSo, are you ready to turn your website into a more accessible portal and make an ADA compliance audit? Then you can simply follow these tips below:\r\nMake Sure Your Site is Keyboard-Friendly\r\nThe computer mouse is one of the most convenient input devices to use with your PC. In fact, most of us can\u2019t imagine life without it. However, using a mouse also requires fine motor skills, which can be difficult for those who suffer from motor impairment. Not only that, but a mouse is also impossible for blind people, who rely on assistive keyboards and screen readers to navigate the net.\r\n\r\nYou need to make sure that all the interactive elements on every page of your website are keyboard-friendly, and not just your site\u2019s navigation. This leads us to the next tip.\r\nMake Sure All Content Is Easily Accessible\r\nThere are two ways to do this. First, choose a content management system (Wordpress is a popular option) that supports accessibility. The second part is carefully outlining all the content within the page. By doing so, the content written on it will be a lot easier to understand and read, both by screen readers and listeners alike.\r\nAdd Alt Text\r\nYou might be wondering: "but what about pictures?" That\u2019s what alt text is for. It is a concise yet understandable description of your images. What message do you want to convey with it? Is there a text on it? Include that in your alt text too. The only visual elements that don\u2019t require alt texts are decorative ones.\r\nDesign Your Forms for Accessibility\r\nSince we are already in the topic of visual elements, let us now talk about forms next since they are a combination of visuals and inputs from the online visitor.\r\n\r\nJust as how you\u2019ve carefully labeled your images, you should do the same with all your form fields. And don\u2019t forget to make sure that the form can be tabbed through all the way down to the submit button.\r\nAvoid Automatic Media and Navigation\r\nFinally, avoid putting any media be it audio or video that plays automatically when the page opens or refreshes. They are very challenging for screen readers to catch. In fact, most of the time screen readers don\u2019t catch them at all.\r\nConclusion\r\nBy keeping the tips we have shared with you in mind, we\u2019re sure that your website will be accessible in no time. Good luck!\r\nAbout the author\r\n\r\n\r\nDavid started Be Accessible because of his passion for website accessibility and ADA compliance. He spent much of his career working for financial institutions creating websites and mobile applications. He earned his Master\u2019s in Business Administration from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. David is an advocate for creating web interfaces usable by all people. He enjoys recording music and playing soccer with friends\r\n_________________________________________________________\r\nInteresting related article: "What is SEO?"