Don’t Lose Your Site Visitors in the Labyrinth

If you’re running a large WordPress site with a complex page structure, it’s all too easy for your visitors to get lost in the maze.

Ask yourself honestly – how easy is it to navigate your site?

If someone arrives at your site for the first time, whether via the homepage or any other page, can they quickly get from A to B to C and find what they need?

Or will they disappear into a swamp of cluttered menus, endless subdirectories and broken links that lead nowhere?

Use a breadcrumb on your WordPress site

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How to Convert Text to Speech in WordPress

If you’re running a WordPress-powered blog, the Vocalyze widget is a clever little tool for converting text to speech and reaching out to a wider audience.

Vocalyze is a free mobile audio app which reads web pages aloud, in an artificial voice, allowing users to follow their favourite sites while they’re away from the computer or too busy to read. Vocalyze is typically used for news sites, RSS feeds and Twitter, but the app can read content from anywhere on the web. Vocalyze is available for all Apple iOS and Android devices, as well as any web browser.

Vocalyze Widget for Wordpress

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How to Enable Accessibility Mode for WordPress Widgets

The WordPress platform maintains a commitment to Accessibility so that anyone can have access to pages, including those who are visually impaired, handicapped, users on mobile devices as well as those trying to connect to the Internet with old browsers and dial up connections.

WordPress has a built-in accessibility mode that can be turned on and off for the widgets page. If you’re ever stuck in a situation where you can’t move your widgets through drag-and-drop, you can quickly and easily turn on “Accessibility Mode” through the Screen Options menu:

accessibility

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12 Free TwentyTen Child Themes For WordPress

TwentyTen child themes have been popping up everywhere and many theme designers are offering them for free. Child themes will soon have a designated place in the WordPress theme directory. One strong benefit of using TwentyTen as a parent theme is that you’ll always be able to update the basic framework without breaking your design. Check out a few of the free child themes listed here to see what’s possible when building on TwentyTen.

HTML5-ified TwentyTen

Download Theme

Speaky

Download Theme

Salju

salju

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25 Ways to Make Your WordPress Website More Accessible

Web Accessibility is important for anyone with a website to think about. While researching it I came across an excellent guide by Dennis Lembree on Web Hosting Guide about 25 ways to make your website more accessible. Dennis is a web accessibility expert, author of the Web Axe blog and of Accessible Twitter.  I’m going to piggyback onto the article and look at how WordPress users can achieve many of the steps outlined.

screenshot of wordpress image uploader with alt attribute

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WordPress: Is it Accessible?

This week I’m going to take a look at some issues relating to WordPress and accessibility. Are you aware that by using WordPress you are already doing wonders for your site’s accessibility?

Or have you never really thought about it?

If you haven’t you must be one of thousands of people who pay no attention to accessibility standards when designing, customizing or using a WordPress theme. However, since you’re reading this you’re already on your first step to learning more about web accessibility.

TwentyTenAccess

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