My work prioritizes accessibility, which also improves usability and search engine optimization. Contact me if your organization needs help with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliance. My WCAG (Level AA) Accessibility Evaluations start at $800 per site.
A WordPress Theme rebuild for Alpha Supported Living Services – a non-profit agency providing supported living and group training home services to adults and children with developmental disabilities in King, Snohomish, and Spokane counties.
This latest WordPress website project involved helping a nonprofit to better comply with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (Level AA). By replacing the commercial paid Theme with an open source WordPress-approved Theme (_Underscores), accessibility benchmark scores improved markedly.
Scope of Work
accessibility testing front-end web development performance optimization security hardening search engine optimization WordPress training and consulting
To improve conformance with WCAG Level AA, 3 navigation features were added: a ‘skip to content’ link to help visitors bypass repetitive navigation; a keyboard-navigable menu; and site search. For low vision visitors, color contrast ratios were increased to meet the minimum 4.5:1 guidelines; a second visual indicator was added to body text links; image-based text was replaced with text; and the minimum font size was increased to 16 pixels.
Other accessibility improvements included removing an auto-rotating content slider (that did not include a pause feature); integrating more accessible social media icons; and making telephone numbers more accessible to assistive technology and mobile devices.
Ongoing accessibility efforts include improving alternate text for images; converting inaccessible PDF documents, like Annual Reports, to Pages and Posts; and maintaining content in semantic HTML.
Additional work involved optimizing page load performance. By optimizing images for web loading and reducing the number of web server requests (generated by Plugins and the former Theme) by 46% – page load speed almost doubled.
WebPage Test Speed Index: median = ~3.591; top 10% = <1.388 In 2020, the average page size = ~2.4 Mb and median page size = ~2.1 Mb. Database-driven websites, like WordPress, are more performance optimized when server requests are < 40 – 60.
Usability is a measure of how easy a system is to use. The goal of website usability is generally to satisfy 95% of site visitors.
Accessibility is a subset of usability. Accessibility means your content can be accessed by all — regardless of technological or physical means. This ranges from visitors with screen readers to those with mobile phones, tablets, or even slow Internet connections.
A redesigned website for The Family-to-Family Health Information Center – a nonprofit organization that helps families of children and youth with special health care needs, and the professionals who serve them, to find healthcare funding.
The 1.6 Mb Weebly homepage has been converted to a 625 Kb WordPress landing page (a 61% page size reduction), with 30% fewer web server requests, which results in better mobile performance.
ADA accessibility improvements included color contrast, ARIA elements, a keyboard-navigable menu with a site search option, reduced line widths for easier readability, and a Google Translate feature.
Scope of Work
ADA (WCAG AA) accessibility improvements
Mobile responsive theming
Google Lighthouse benchmarks Accessibility: 98/100 Best Practices: 98/100 Desktop Performance: 98/100 Mobile Performance: 70/100 Search Engine Optimization: 100/100
Scope of Work Accessibility Improvements Copyediting and content migration Front-End web development Performance optimization Security hardening Search engine optimization Visual redesign
Team: Cipalla Communications, Scott Marlow, Joan van den Berg
Dumas Bay Centre is a unique event & retreat venue owned by the City of Federal Way.
Before the website redesign, center staff were limited to editing existing website content using Cushy CMS, a WYSIWYG HTML editing tool. To add new content, city IT staff needed to upload files to the web host.
The website was migrated to a new host and WordPress was configured to allow full rich-content editing. The new mobile-friendly site features a more modern look, with image galleries, oEmbed video support, site search, SSL protection, and feedback and rental inquiry forms. All implemented with accessibility in mind.
Google Mobile Speed:
Google Desktop Speed
faster than 87% of tested sites
WebPageTest Speed Index
median = ~4,493 top 10% = <1,388
average score = 70
Web Page Size
In 2017, average page size = ~2.4 Mb median page size = ~1.9 Mb