Using the plugin is not hard but reviewing the results of a scan can be confusing at first. Issues may be found in posts, pages, widgets and even in theme files. Confusion sometimes occurs when issues found in posts are also found in archive pages or issues in widget text are found in a sidebar across all of your pages. The following steps outline the best approach to resolving issues on your website with as little confusion as possible:
- Click on “Error Report” under the Web Accessibility menu and choose, “Quick Scan” or “Crawl & Scan” if the link scanning option is enabled. When link scanning is enabled all of the links on your website will be inventoried and scanned. After the initial crawl choose “Start Scan” to skip the link inventory process and only scan known content.
- Place a checkmark next to “hide theme errors” and “hide duplicates” and choose filter.
- If desired you can also filter the list by widget, post, page or term.
- After filtering the list, review each error to ensure you understand the problem. Refer to the live view, help section, view code and reference material to gain a better understanding.
- Some issues may not require correction, if that is the case, choose “Ignore” and “This Error”. If the issue is found in multiple locations there will also be an ignore “Duplicates” option which will ignore the current issue along with any duplicates that were found. You may optionally ignore “This Rule” which will remove the error from all future scan of your content. Individual files may also be ignored by choosing “Ignore” and “This File”
- If the issue requires correction, choose “Edit” which will open the page in a new tab for editing. Once the issue has been corrected, close the tab to return to the error report.
- Choose “Refresh View” to clear any errors that were corrected.
- Once all the issues have been reviewed and appropriate actions taken, remove the check mark from “hide theme errors” and work through the remaining issues as you did with the other content. There is one primary difference. Theme errors can not always be corrected in WordPress. Instead you may need to make changes to the source files in your themes folder, update or replace plugins.
- Once all listed issues have been addressed complete the “Manual Checks” found under the dashboard “Web Accessibility” menu, use the WAVE Evaluation Tool and screen reading software to further enhance the accessibility of your website.