3 Reasons Your Website Needs ADA Compliance; Not Just SEO

3 Reasons Your Website Needs ADA Compliance; Not Just SEO

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was developed in 1990 and is meant to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as anyone else. This means that your website needs to be accessible to people who have disabilities that affect their hearing, vision or in any physical capacity. The Federal Government has mandated that anything considered a “place of public accommodation” are required to be accessible to anyone with disabilities from accessing the business’ goods or services. There are 3 main reasons we wanted to look at in this blog as to why you need to make sure your site is ADA compliant. 1) ADA Compliance Improves Your SEO One topic that we have talked about at length in our blog is that ADA compliance helps your SEO. There are many reasons for this, but the easiest thing to remember is that search engines review the same type of code that makes your site ADA compliant when making their search engine rankings. 2)...
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ADA Web Compliance Isn’t Going Away

ADA Web Compliance Isn’t Going Away

As we mentioned on our page about our SEO services ADA compliance is something that has been a growing issue and something that web developers and owners of websites have to come to terms with. A couple of quick refreshers if you haven't seen our other blog posts about ADA Compliance. What is ADA Compliance for Websites This refers to the process of making your website accessible for people with certain disabilities covered under federal law. The rules laid out to be considered compliant have to do with some of the following things: Making sure the text is readable compared to the background color. Making sure images have been tagged so visually impaired people can have image descriptions read to them Making sure the site is navigable by other methods besides a mouse So What Does This Mean? If any of these things sound familiar to you it's because some of these have been the cornerstone of on-site SEO for years. So there...
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3 Simple Rules for SEO in 2019

3 Simple Rules for SEO in 2019

When we meet with clients and discuss SEO strategies there is always a question raised of how it works. What does SEO in 2019 look like? Why is it expensive and why is so important? Can't I just put the weather and NFL scores on my site to drive traffic? First off, NO do not put anything on your site that isn't part of your core competency. The challenge in digital marketing and website development is always finding ways to explain the incredibly complex and make it as simple as understandable as possible. There is no exception when it comes to SEO in 2019. There really isn't any other topic that generates as much confusion or skepticism when it comes to web development as SEO. In this post we'll try to make it as easy to understand without being patronizing. what are you selling, anyway? The first thing someone has to understand when building a website for themselves or a...
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Website Design in 2019: Part 4 – User Experience Best Practice

Website Design in 2019: Part 4 – User Experience Best Practice

Some of the easiest things to do to a website revolve around keeping user experience high. Some of them are very obvious and even easy to keep on top of. Therefore it's important to at least keep on top of everything you can. Mobile responsiveness Making sure your site is mobile responsive is imperative. This simply means that your site will auto-fit whatever device you are using. When you design a new site most platforms and CMS will automatically make your site mobile responsive. Convertible calls to action Make sure that there is something for your customers to do when they are on your site. Play videos, read bios, but most importantly give them an opportunity to reach out to you and become a lead. Your website should be one of, if not your primary, lead generating device. Write for the user not just search engines A lot of new websites get too caught up in worrying about SEO and writing their content...
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Website Design in 2019: Part 2 – SEO and ADA Compliance

Website Design in 2019: Part 2 – SEO and ADA Compliance

What is ada compliance Recently you might have heard about "ADA Compliance" within the digital space. What is that, you have probably asked. For starters ADA refers to the American's with Disabilities Act. It was enacted in 1990 to prevent people with disabilities from being discriminated in all aspects of public life.  This includes ramps at entrances of buildings, accessibility for the hearing impaired, etc. Lately this has started to cause a stir in regards to people's websites. The landmark legal case was GIl vs Winn-Dixie Stores when a man sued Winn-Dixie Stores because he was not able to navigate their website as a blind man. He argued, and won, that they needed to make their site accessible to him under the ADA. The courts found that Winn-Dixie is a "public accommodation"  and needed to be compliant with ADA guidelines. Since this time over 61 guidelines have been released and updated to make websites ADA compliant. So what? What does this mean for you, dear reader?...
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