Web accessibility, WCAG and ADA Compliance  for Weebly

Weebly is a free website builder for both evergreen sites and eCommerce stores. 

Websites created with Weebly are fully customized via a drag-and-drop builder and with a user’s chosen theme; the function includes custom fonts, an image editor, video and audio elements, and a site search option. eCommerce stores can be developed with a drag-and-drop builder, as well, but also hosts a set of key business features crucial to growth that include SEO and site metrics, inventory management, customer reviews, and more.

Weebly as a company encourages the prioritization of web accessibility and inclusion for everyone, regardless of ability, however, there are still a number of Weebly-made websites that are inaccessible or do not comply with the ADA. This is partly due to the fact that Weebly users are on their own when incorporating the practice into their website, and this is a costly or time-consuming endeavor.

It’s likely that an automated solution, such as accessWidget, can provide the help needed when a Weebly user is looking to integrate accessibility into their website and maintain WCAG and ADA compliance long term. A tool that does the initial and continuous heavy lifting for you will be worth the investment (although, at a cost-effective rate). 

The importance of an accessible Weebly website

If a Weebly website is not accessible, then that means 15% of the global population is not included in the digital experience you’ve created. This can potentially impede your website’s audience reach, your reputation as inclusive, and your revenue potential if you operate an eCommerce store. The internet is massively essential to daily living, and people with disabilities deserve equal access.

It is also 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 increase - of 320% over the past 8 years! - in web accessibility lawsuits for not complying with ADA Title III. Of these web-related suits, eCommerce stores make up the majority (65%).

Using accessiBe with Weebly

With accessiBe, Weebly 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.