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Web accessibility is becoming a paramount consideration for online businesses, and BigCommerce, as an e-commerce platform, offers integration options to improve accessibility. Accessibly widgets, such as Accessibly, provide essential tools for website owners looking to enhance their sites’ usability for people with disabilities.

You can sign up for a free, seven-day trial of Accessibly and increase ADA and WCAG compliance. During your free trial you will see for yourself why Accessibly is already trusted by over 4,000 active clients. This widget can be installed onto BigCommerce websites to ensure compliance with web accessibility standards like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).


Why Choose Accessibly for BigCommerce Accessibility

Integrating an accessibility widget into a BigCommerce site streamlines the process of making a website more inclusive. Rather than manually adjusting BigCommerce website code to meet diverse requirements, widgets offer a straightforward solution to website accessibility. They can optimize a website for screen readers, enable keyboard navigation, and improve contrast, among other features. This not only benefits users with disabilities and ensures it comes as close as possible to full ADA compliance but also reflects positively on the brand’s commitment to accessibility.

By adopting such accessibility solutions, BigCommerce retailers take a significant step toward inclusivity and compliance with international accessibility standards. Having an accessible BigCommerce website opens the market to a wider audience while potentially reducing legal risks by adhering to guidelines like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The process involves registering the site with an accessibility widget provider and adding the widget through the BigCommerce dashboard, thereby making the site more user-friendly for all visitors.

That’s not to say a BigCommerce website is totally compliant; you still need an accessibility plugin. With more than 4,000 active clients utilizing Accessibly widgets, the trend towards inclusive web design is clear, emphasizing the role such tools play in creating equitable digital landscapes.

Accessibly makes it possible to increase compliance with ADA law and conform with WCAG 2.1 & 2.2 guidelines at every step of your web accessibility journey. Join the thousands who already trust Accessibly for their digital accessibility needs. Ensure you have an accessible site by beginning a free trial.

Understanding BigCommerce and Web Accessibility

In the realm of e-commerce and digital inclusivity, BigCommerce emerges as a prominent platform that integrates web accessibility features. This section elucidates the essentials of BigCommerce as an e-commerce solution and the paramountcy of web accessibility in today’s digital landscape.

Basics of BigCommerce

BigCommerce is a leading cloud-based e-commerce platform that enables merchants to create, manage, and scale online stores efficiently. It is known for its ease of use, extensive feature set, and flexibility, making it a popular choice for businesses of varying sizes. BigCommerce provides users with a robust set of tools to customize their storefronts and enhance the shopping experience without the need for advanced technical knowledge.

  • Core Features:
    • Customizable templates
    • Product management
    • SEO and marketing tools
    • Secure payment gateways

Relevance of Web Accessibility

Web accessibility is crucial as it ensures that online services and websites are usable by people with disabilities, often requiring assistive technology. Fulfilling web accessibility standards is not only a matter of legal compliance, such as with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but it also extends a business’s reach to a wider audience.

Implementing accessible features in BigCommerce stores, such as utilizing accessibility widgets, contributes to a seamless experience for all users, irrespective of their abilities. Focusing on BigCommerce website accessibility demonstrates a merchant’s commitment to inclusivity and a recognition of the diversity of their customer base.

Overcoming Accessibility Barriers

As an ecommerce platform, digital accessibility is crucial for an inclusive shopping experience. This section explores frequent hurdles that users face and the specific solutions offered by Accessibly to improve the accessibility of a BigCommerce ecommerce website.

Common Accessibility Challenges

Websites often encounter a range of accessibility barriers, which create obstacles for many users, particularly those with disabilities. Here are some of the common challenges:

  • Text-based Issues: Small font sizes and poor color contrast make it difficult for visually impaired users to read the content.
  • Navigational Difficulties: A lack of keyboard navigability prevents users with motor impairments from interacting with the site.
  • Non-Descriptive Links and Images: Users with screen readers struggle if links and images lack appropriate alt text and descriptions.
  • Multimedia Content: Videos and audios without captions or transcripts are inaccessible to hearing-impaired users.

Accessibly’s Solutions for BigCommerce

Our accessibility app works to remove barriers on BigCommerce stores through its widget, which enhances site functionality with several features. This is the one accessibility app you need! These tailored solutions include:

  • Text Adjustments: Users can modify text size, spacing, and color contrast.
  • Keyboard Navigation: The widget enhances keyboard navigability for more seamless user interaction.
  • Screen Reader Optimization: Alternative texts for images and descriptive links are provided to facilitate screen reader access.
  • Media Alternatives: By advocating for captions and transcripts, Accessibly ensures multimedia content is more accessible.

Accessibly’s approach on BigCommerce sites focuses on integration that simplifies the path to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and enhances the overall user experience, thus widening the market reach for merchants and validating commitment to inclusivity.

Accessibly’s Widget Features for Increased Compliance

When incorporating Accessibly’s widget into a BigCommerce site, website owners gain a set of tools specifically designed to enhance ADA and WCAG compliance levels, ensuring wider accessibility for all users.

ADA Compliance Tools

The Accessibly widget equips BigCommerce websites with tools that help in meeting the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. As an increased ADA compliance widget, it has features that focus on:

  • Programmatic Detection: Allows browser accessibility plugins and other assistive technologies to interpret the site’s contents.
  • Predictable Behavior: Ensures the website functions in ways that are anticipated by users with different needs.

WCAG Standards and Levels

The widget aligns with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), covering various compliance levels:

  • WCAG 2.1: It supports adherence to the latest guidelines which aim for content to be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust.
  • Compliance Levels: The widget features cater to multiple levels of WCAG compliance, from the minimum Level A to the more rigorous Level AAA.

Full Feature List

The full feature list of Accessibly’s widget enhances site usability with tools such as:

  • Readability Enhancements:
    • Key features provided by Accessibly include adding a reading line and tooltips to make the content more navigable.
    • Enlarge Content: Users can enlarge the cursor and text, catering to those with visual impairments.
  • Interface Customizations:
    • Users with dyslexia, vision challenges, and ADHD can customize the accessibility features based on their personal needs.
    • The widget offers a free trial that helps businesses assess the full range of its 55+ features.

Why Choose Accessibly for Your BigCommerce Site

Integrating Accessibly into a BigCommerce site is a strategic decision that can lead to a host of benefits focused on inclusivity and legal compliance. Accessibly is designed to enhance a website’s usability for people with disabilities, aligning with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards and WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).

Firstly, the ease of integration of Accessibly means that businesses can quickly deploy accessibility features without requiring extensive development time. This widget employs AI and various assistive technologies that can be tailored to accommodate users’ needs, such as visual or hearing impairments, dyslexia, and cognitive differences.

Features of AccessiblyImpact on Your Site
AI-powered adjustmentsImproves user experience for individuals with disabilities
Customizable settingsAligns with diverse accessibility requirements
Compliance with ADA and WCAGReduces legal risks and enhances social responsibility

Accessibly is a solution trusted by over 4,000 active clients, underscoring its reliability and effectiveness in the ecommerce landscape. By choosing Accessibly, a BigCommerce retailer can take a significant step towards creating an inclusive environment where all customers can navigate, interact with, and purchase from their website comfortably.

Moreover, by prioritizing accessibility, retailers demonstrate their commitment to equality and accessibility for all. Businesses not only widen their customer base but also establish a reputation for social responsibility. Accessibly serves as a tool to increase a website’s integrity, ensuring that each visitor’s browsing experience is considered and catered to.

BigCommerce Installation Instructions

  1. Log in to Accessibly Account:

Once logged in, copy the Accessibly script snippet from the home screen. Example:
<script src=”https://dash.accessibly.app/widget/[Your-Unique-ID]/autoload.js”></script>

  • Make sure to replace [Your-Unique-ID] with your actual unique ID.
  1. BigCommerce Setup:
    • Log in to your BigCommerce account and go to the ‘Storefront’ section.
    • In ‘Script Manager’, create a new script.
    • Set the script location to ‘Footer’.
    • Paste the copied Accessibly script into the script content area.
    • Save the script. It will now be automatically added to your store.

Tese steps will guide you through the process of installing the Accessibly app. Remember to replace [Your-Unique-ID] in the script snippet with the actual unique ID provided in your Accessibly account. This ensures that the widget functions correctly on your site.

What our clients say

Great experience with this app. User-friendly UI for both mobile and desktop and helps our website achieve Accessibility requirements. The support team is amazing with their hands-on assistance for any issues that come up.

BulbAmerica

November 22, 2022

This app is worth every penny. Not only does it provide the functionality that every website needs, but their customer service is beyond amazing. I submitted a question regarding the app and received the most detailed responses explaining to me what the app does, what it doesn't, and ways to maximize it. Sharing what I learned: Based on the published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), this Accessibly app can help your website achieve compatibility. Also learned that you should scan your website using this ADA compliance tool—https://wave.webaim.org and fix the errors. Such a great app and the most helpful customer service. Highly recommend!

Dermasuri

September 1, 2022

Für Ethical Made war es wichtig, dass alle Menschen unsere digitalen Angebote nutzen können, unabhängig von ihren körperlichen und geistigen Fähigkeiten. Das ADA Compliance Plugin von On the Map erfüllt alle unsere Anforderungen an die Barrierefreiheit im E-Commerce, so das auch Menschen mit Behinderung unsere Website uneingeschränkt nutzen können.

Ethical Made

April 23, 2022

It's a great APP that works perfectly and customer service team is exceptional. Also installing the APP with very easy. Thanks!

Ecuador

January 25, 2022

We do not normally leave reviews for apps unless something exceptional has stood out to us. The level of customer support for this app was above and beyond when it came to helping us implement the app. Highly recommend!

Pristine Sprays

November 17, 2021

Does exactly what I need for a fair price! Straight forward and I didn't feel ripped off like some of the other apps. This offers great accessibility with customizable colors and positions. The installation was easy and walked me through setting up my own accessibility statement page. Thanks for making this a no-brainer for us! You earned the 5-stars!

Kiln Frog

November 3, 2021

We know of another small company that just got sued for something like $30K for not having their website be ADA compliant, so we are glad this exists! The $5 version works great for us - had a small hiccup with the display/our search bar when first installed but Kaspars from their support team resolved it within a couple of days and was super communicative and helpful. Thanks for a great easy to use product.

Stonehouse Olive Oil

September 7, 2021

Developer is quick to respond with changes/upgrades (about 2 days). I requested some changes with ARIA based on issues with accessibility checkers (e.g. Lighthouse on Chrome Developer Tools). Changes made, badda boom. Two thumbs up.

Yolk | free range design

August 27, 2021

This app has helped me make my site more accessible to customers with disabilities. It was super easy to use and customize, definitely worth the premium subscription.

GleamnGlim

March 29, 2021

As a visually impaired creator, I wanted to accommodate all my customers/visitors when accessing my shop. This app works perfectly for that, gives the visitor control of what they experience, and adds even more accessibility than most other similar apps. I highly recommend it!

Deven Rue

October 24, 2020

Great support and app functionality for stores that need a non-intrusive solution to disability accessibility.

Detail Planet

March 27, 2020

Exactly what I was looking for to assist in ensuring accessibility compliance. They've also been very helpful in assisting me customize things so it meets our site needs. Highly recommended.

FORYOURLEGS.COM

February 21, 2020

Super helpful team! Very responsive and can implement quickly and as needed. Thank you, Kaspars, for all of your help!

Rumpl

February 20, 2020

Nice app that provides easy panel access for impaired users. Support was extremely responsive to a request for minor customization - We are excited to have this in place!

Brush Hero

February 10, 2020

The tool was simple to install and immediately provided a remedy to some of our accessibility issues as we worked to update our site. Kaspars was responsive and very helpful assisting with applying some custom display requests. Overall a wonderful app!

Snow Peak

January 15, 2020

Perfect app! We love what it does to help people with disabilities and works perfectly. Thank you to the developers!

Garçon Apparel

November 5, 2019

Everyone should use this app - it’s super simple, easiest way to help your store with WCAG 2.1, ADA, Section 508 and EN 301549 compliance

The Bang Shack

September 13, 2019