Checking website accessibility with Siteimprove

Do you want to make sure your website is accessible to people with disabilities? Accessible sites reach a bigger and more diverse audience, are easier for everyone to use, and comply with UC policy.

Now UC personnel have access to a great tool – Siteimprove – to stay on top of web accessibility. Siteimprove is a cloud service that enables you to systematically review your sites for accessibility.

Sites are crawled on a regular basis – every five days – and reports identifying accessibility errors and how to fix them are issued to the site owner.

Reports

Siteimprove provides several types of reports useful for website maintenance:

  • Accessibility: Problems with web pages and PDF documents in relation to the WCAG international standards.
  • Quality Assurance: Broken links, misspelled words, and readability issues, including an inventory of your pages, documents, media files, email addresses, and other content.
  • Search Engine Optimization: Technical, content, user experience, and mobile-related website issues affecting your non-paid search ranking.
  • Policy: Style-guide violations or other issues (e.g., terminology, branding/trademarks, file sizes, page structure) based on industry best practices or your customized policies.

Scanning Your Sites

UC has a systemwide contract with Siteimprove that provides for unlimited users and allows an unlimited number of pages to be scanned. To get a Siteimprove account and start scanning your sites:

Using Siteimprove

Note: Siteimprove monitors UC public sites only. To test password-protected sites, use the Siteimprove Chrome extension.

  1. To get started, watch Siteimprove User Training.
  2. Then log-in to Siteimprove for in-app training:

Information for Location Admins

Additional information is provided for designated Siteimprove location administrations in the admin guide.

Support

A lot of information is available in the Siteimprove app under the Help tab.

You may submit tickets to support@siteimprove.com.