Elementor is a website-building platform that provides users with a simple drag-and-drop interface. Users have the option to take advantage of the platform’s ready-made templates or can create a customized website without the need for development or coding knowledge.
Elementor also allows these users to build a page based on need or preference; landing pages, blogs, and eCommerce stores are all on the table.
Currently, Elementor does provide tools and plug-ins that help a user achieve accessibility on their site, although not without some issues with coding. Plus, the accessibility guidelines offered to users who wish to implement accessibility with the native route, really only focus on those with visual impairments. This will also require users to keep up with changing web accessibility standards(the WCAG 2.1 AA level), and calls for consistent maintenance - which will occur when a user updates or uploads new content.
These issues are paramount and could exclude a large portion of the user population trying to access or navigate a website created by Elementor. Automated solutions, like accessWidget, exist to offer website creators a cost-effective way of implementing and maintaining accessibility that includes every disability community in a website with its unique user profile selections.
The importance of an accessible Elementor website
Elementor has over 5 million active installs on its platform, making it one of the most relied-on website builders in the world. However, if the websites being made on Elementor are not accessible, then that means 15% of the global population is not included in the digital experiences created. This affects a business or website’s market expansion, reputation, and revenue potential. The Internet is massively essential to daily living, and people with disabilities deserve equal access
It is important to note that websites that fail to comply with the WCAG 2.1 AA are at risk of litigation. The recent DOJ affirmation clarified that websites are considered places of public accommodations, following a steady, yearly increase in web accessibility lawsuits that do not comply with ADA Title III.
Using accessiBe with Elementor
With accessiBe, Elementor 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.
The automated nature of accessiBe allows for a drastic cost reduction, making it affordable even for small businesses. accessiBe is session-based meaning that all accessibility adjustments will only be visible to people who need them, and not permanent, letting you stay true to your content.