New tool improves accessibility of FSU websites

Wednesday 11/28/2018

Keeping websites with tens or hundreds of pages clean of broken links and accessible to all users can be a real challenge. Fortunately, a new tool offered by Information Technology Services provides an easy way to find and fix pesky website problems.

Siteimprove crawls websites checking for common errors—such as accessibility issues, broken links and spelling errors—then flags issues and inconsistencies and provides recommendations for fixing them. Siteimprove integrates with Drupal for easy editing and can also be used to analyze other WCMS platforms.

Within a week of launching Siteimprove, nearly 50 university webmasters had signed up for the service.

“Siteimprove has been a great tool to add to our design and coding process,” says Rodney Johnson, Assistant Director of Creative Services. “Its wide range of tools and insights will help us continually improve the web experience we present to all members of the FSU community.”

In addition to maintaining quality site content, making all university websites accessibility compliant ensures an inclusive user experience. These adjustments ultimately improve the overall quality of university websites and increase search engine optimization.

For more information and to request access to the tool, visit the ITS Siteimprove webpage.