February 21st, 2012 / Web Design & Development

Is Your Website Accessible?

In the UK, if you build a website that is not accessible to disabled persons, then you could face criminal charges. That’s a good argument for allowing a professional webdesign company to build your website for you.

Even Google has met the accessibility standard for UK websites. If you go to Google’s classic search page, you’ll see a little microphone in the search box. Click that microphone and tell Google your search phrase. Speak it.

Google’s voice-to-text feature allows disabled persons to use their search feature even if they can’t use a keyboard. You don’t have to go to that extent, but you should make every effort to make your website accessible to disabled persons. And that’s where a professional web design company can make your website shine.

Besides making your website accessible to disabled persons, it helps to make it W3C compliant.

Website design has more than one element for measuring success. When you hire a web design firm for your UK business, don’t settle for second best. Hire a company that understands accessibility, W3C compliance, search engine optimization, and solid web design principles.

Here are a few more things to ensure when you build your professional UK business website:

  • Best coding practices
  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Easy navigation
  • E-commerce implementation
  • Shopping cart optimization
  • Excellent content implementation
  • Seamless blog and newsletter integration
  • Local geotargeting
  • Analytics incorporation

Website design is not easy. You want a company with experience, testimonials, and a solid track record for meeting all the necessary standards including UK legal standards for accessibility and W3C compliance.

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