Web accessibility, WCAG and ADA Compliance  for Duda

Duda is a professional website builder for web professionals and agencies of all sizes. 

The platform offers users client management tools and team collaboration functions that are designed to permeate business and website growth. Duda is known for its user-friendly interface and provides a drag-and-drop editor for beginning website creators.

Duda encourages its users to build accessible websites and is continuously adding accessibility features to make the task even easier. However, the platform clearly declares that it is ultimately up to the website creator to make sure that their site is accessible. The built-in features that the platform offers are as follows: 

Correct Semantics by Default 
Heading Tags
Alt Text
Keyboard Navigation (popups and widgets can be closed or used with the keyboard) 
Site Language Definition 

However, maintaining accessibility is another story. Solutions are available to help scan and remediate updated or new content on a website, automatically maintaining accessibility long term. This is something you risk when you must maintain built-in features that will occasionally have to be adjusted on your own. 

The importance of an accessible Duda website

When you build a website, it’s important to remember that you must include everyone in your digital adventure. In fact, one of your main goals should be to include 15% of the global population in your website’s experience. By making your website accessible you ensure that people with disabilities are able to access your content, and in turn, your client base may increase and your reputation as an inclusive agency will finally take off. 

Another reason to achieve WCAG 2.1 AA level compliance is to mitigate the risk of a web-related lawsuit. Simply put, if your website does not comply with the ADA, you are vulnerable to litigation. Plus, ever since the 2018 DOJ affirmation that websites are considered places of public accommodations according to the ADA Title III, web accessibility lawsuits have increased and show no sign of slowing down.

Using accessiBe with Duda

With accessiBe, Duda users don’t have to choose between beauty and accessibility. accessiBe’s AI-driven and automated solution makes existing websites ADA-compliant by remediating the website’s code according to WCAG 2.1 level AA guidelines. accessiBe’s solution is session-based, meaning only those with disabilities will see adjusted design elements, leaving your design completely intact.