I love WordPress. Its intuitive, easy to use, beautiful, and free. Sadly, it is not known for it’s accessibility…
As I am not a web developer, I haven’t crafted my own blog out of HTML and CSS with love and joy. Instead, I have been writing ALT tags and hierarchy into my code to make it as accessible as possible. Recently, I started looking into plug-ins to increase the accessibility of my many WordPress blogs. To my surprise, plug-ins are only available to WordPress.org sites – which requires you to have a unique URL and web hosting. So, I created another blog, a travel site in reaction to the success of my China blog, through WordPress.org to utilize WordPress’ accessibility options.
Here are some helpful links to guide you through the process:
- Move your blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
- WP Accessibility Plug-in
- WordPress accessibility directions
- Accessible WordPress themes
The WordPress.org Process
To help you along in setting up your own WordPress.org site, here is step-by-step directions and documentation from setting up my own WordPress.org blog, The Black Beret Abroad.
- Set-up a location for your WordPress (WP) installation (if it is a new website then you will need to arrange a domain and hosting).
- Decide whether your entire site will be WP or just a part of it.
- Load WordPress on your server.
- Go to your control panel to determine which database to run WP in.
- Input necessary information.
- Administer your new WordPress site by going to domain.com/wp-admin (if the entire site is WP) or domain.com/wpfolder/wp-admin (if WP is only part of the site).
- Log into your unique URL (ie: http://yourwebsitename.com/wp-admin/) and enter password. (Troubleshooting note: If you get an Error 500 message like I did, contact your server provider and they can fix it for you. Once they’ve fixed it, clear your browser history and re-attempt to log-in.)
Installing the WP Accessibility Plugin
- Go to the folder on your server where your WordPress folder is.
- Click the ‘wp-content’ folder in your WordPress folder
- Upload the ‘wp-accessibility’ plugin (link to download the plugin) to your ‘wp-contents’ folder.
- Log into your WordPress.org account through a web browser.
- In the left hand bar you will see ‘Plugins’ between ‘Appearance’ and ‘Users’. Click it.
- You should see WP Accessibility in this list. Select ‘Activate’ – and ta da, it is activated!
As always, suggestions and comments welcome below. Thanks!