Common Questions: Creating Website Accessibility
Is there a certification or label I can get to prove my website is compliant?
Unfortunately, there is no current universal standard. However many companies that specialize in accessibility edits will offer a badge or icon after they are finished to “prove” your website is now accessible. However, the WCAG 2.0 guidelines state that if you choose to declare accessibility you must reach Level 3 AAA compliance, and every single page must be fully compliant. So while such a badge may make you and your customer/client feel more responsible, it isn’t required or necessary. Do not let a company try to upsell you or scare you into believing that a badge is the only way to prove that your website is compliant.
How much will it cost to make my website accessible?
While this depends greatly on how much content you have on your website, how many pages and how complex (just informational pages vs. shopping cart or online ordering) here are some ballpark figures:
Under $1,000 : Informational websites, minor changes, less than 10 pages
$1- 5,000: Websites with 20 pages, heavy media (videos + images), or custom plugins that need to be adapted
$5,000+ : E-commerce, custom coded websites and complex websites including subdomains
How much time will it take to update a website?
Once again, this depends greatly on how your website was built, how many issues there are and how easy it is to access the code to the website. Here is a general guideline to help with time allotment:
For basic content changes: text, font, settings for a website under 10 pages with only a few issues per page, about 6 hours
For structural changes requiring code editing and/or adding additional alternate content, about 12 hours
To add captions to one video, about 2 hours
To add alt text to 5-10 images, about 1 hour
Where can I hire a Freelancer and do they need to be certified in Accessibility?
There are many websites that offer tech help by the hour or projects, some you pitch and many people reply, others you simply hire the person you like after reading their profile. Either way, it is very important to ask out right if the person has any experience editing a website to be Accessible. You can even get more specific and ask if they know WCAG 2.0 and understand the guidelines. If they don’t or try to explain that it isn’t important, find another person. Yes, the guidelines can be read but that doesn’t mean they can be interpreted correctly according to your website. Meanwhile freelancers who have worked with Accessibility issues will have found solutions that work specifically with the needs of disabled customers/clients to use your website.