Hammersmith Support clients have long enjoyed having their websites accessible to all users due to our implementation of accessibility-certified design. This year, we are thrilled to announce that we are offering website accessibility and remediation services through a tool added to your website that displays on the bottom of each page. This tool allows users to make visual and customizable changes right on their screen!

Web Accessibility Remediation

Website Accessibility and Remediation Solution - accessiBe.

According to ADA title III, every business website has to be accessible to people with disabilities, or it will be at risk of being sued and facing unnecessary legal expenses. We recommend the use of our web accessibility solution to solve this problem. According to our research, this is the most affordable and simple solution in the market today.

Our service provides:

  • ADA, WCAG 2.1 Level AA& Section 508 compliance
  • An accessibility statement and certification of performance.
  • Ongoing maintenance involving re-scan of your website every 24 hours.

How Does It Work?

Our new service can be applied to any WordPress website. Once in place, the service places an icon at the bottom of every page the user navigates to. With one click, the user can adjust the page to:

  • be a safe seizure view by removing flashes and reducing color
  • enhance visuasl for the visually impaired
  • an ADHD view with fewer distractions and clearer focus
  • assist with reading and focus
  • keyboard driven navigation
  • screen readers for users who are blind 

Why Is It Beneficial?

All Hammersmith Support designed websites meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines that are approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The WCAG ensures that a website meets all the criteria for consumers with varying abilities. Our latest accessibility service offering creates easier access to these tools that are so beneficial to website users.

In addition, website accessibility tooll:

Diminishing Discrimination

Making websites accessible to all can help to reduce the liability of discrimination against people wth disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals with disabilities and has created many of the standards with which companies are required to comply. If a company ignores those standards and/or refuses to comply, it can spell big legal trouble.

Promoting Business Ethics

It’s one thing to say that your business is open to all, it’s another to show it. Ensuring that your site can be navigated, and done so comfortably by just about anyone, is a demonstration of good business ethics.

Boosting SEO

Many functions required for a website to be accessibility certified are also beneficial for search engine optimization. Background information on images like alt text, captions, and titles are necessary for a visually impaired individual, but it’s also great information for web crawlers to use in evaluating and ranking your site.

Meeting Global Standards

Federal agencies and their contractors are required to conform with WCAG 2.0. Private businesses are not legally required to comply, but their websites do have to be accessible. While it is optional for private businesses in the United States, websites in the EU are legally obligated to be compliant—including mobile versions.

Ready to Get Started?

Our new accessibility services are available for as little as $500—and we offer competitive pricing for large-scale businesses based on volume. Schedule a complimentary 30-minute meeting to discuss how we can help ensure your website is accessibility certified.

As a website owner, you know how important it is to keep your site secure. Unfortunately, hackers are always looking for new ways to exploit vulnerabilities and gain access to sensitive information. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to help protect your site from getting hacked. Here are five easy ways to help protect your site from getting hacked:

1. Use Strong Passwords

One of the most important steps you can take to protect your site from getting hacked is to use strong passwords. A strong password should be at least 8 characters long and contain a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Additionally, it’s best practice to avoid using the same password for multiple accounts or websites. If you’re having trouble coming up with strong passwords, consider using a password manager like LastPass or 1Password.

2. Update Software Regularly

Another important step in protecting your site from getting hacked is to make sure that all of the software and plugins you use are up-to-date. Hackers often exploit known vulnerabilities in outdated software versions, so it’s important that you keep all of your software updated with the latest security patches and bug fixes. Additionally, if you’re using any open-source software or plugins on your site, make sure that they are actively maintained by their developers so that any new security vulnerabilities can be quickly addressed.

3. Monitor Your Site for Suspicious Activity

It’s also important that you monitor your site for any suspicious activity that could indicate a potential hack attempt. This includes monitoring for unusual login attempts or changes in website traffic patterns. Additionally, if you have an e-commerce store or other sensitive data on your site, make sure that all transactions are encrypted with SSL/TLS encryption technology so that any data sent between the server and client is secure and protected from potential hackers.

4. Use Secure Hosting Services

Another way to help protect your site from getting hacked is by using secure hosting services such as Cloudflare or Sucuri Security which provide additional layers of protection against potential threats such as DDoS attacks and malware infections. These services also offer additional features such as malware scanning and web application firewalls which can help detect malicious activity on your website before it becomes a problem. Additionally, many hosting providers also offer additional security measures such as two-factor authentication which adds an extra layer of protection when logging into the admin area of your website or online store.

Hammersmith Support maintenance clients enjoy secure hosting as part of our monthly service package. In addition, each of our maintenance packages includes:

  • Full site test each month
  • Site backups and live staging copy maintained
  • Security scans and malware prevention
  • Site optimization
  • Submission to Google Search Console
  • Premium hosting on a WP Engine dedicated server (premium package)
  • 2–4 hours of content updates each month

5 . Backup Your Website Regularly

Finally, it’s important that you back up your website regularly so that if something does happen (such as a hack attempt) then you have a recent copy of all of your data available for restoration purposes should the need arise. Many hosting providers offer automatic backups but if yours doesn’t then consider using an external service such as UpdraftPlus which will allow you to schedule regular backups of both files and databases on a daily basis so that they can be quickly restored in case something goes wrong with your website or server environment.

Hammersmith Support Maintenance Services Has You Covered

If you’re thinking that this sounds great but is too time-consuming or too technical, Hammersmith Support is here to help. Our team provides businesses of all sizes with services that are typically only available at larger web agencies. The difference is that our team provides a personal touch to everything that we do, unlike much larger companies. Schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation, and let’s talk through your questions.

It’s a new year and those timely New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for your exercise routine! Now is the perfect time to plan out your business goals for the year too. And an updated website is the perfect place to start those resolutions—here’s why:

Accessibility

This year will show an increased push for website accessibility. Differently-abled people account for nearly 15% of all those using the Internet. So if you had 1,000 visitors to your website, 150 of those would be differently-abled individuals. Being able to accommodate those needing accommodations such as larger font, non-moving objects on the screen, no flashing lights, or audible text is important for several reasons. First, accommodating the differently abled is ethically responsible. Second, an accessible website can help to prevent discrimination. And third, ensuring that your site functions optimally for all visitors is key to converting visitors to customers

Speed

If your website has slowed with time or isn’t able to keep up with your current customer demand it’s time for some updating. Areas that can cause your site to load slowly are:

The average user won’t wait more than 3 seconds for a website to load before leaving the site, so anything that can improve load time is a win.

Dated Design

If your site design is out of date, it could be doing more damage than you realize. Having an out-of-date design not only makes it challenging for visitors to navigate your site, it could also be hurting your business’s credibility. Internet users are far savvier than they used to be, and with prevalent scams, users are more likely to judge a book by its cover—or a business by its site. Out-of-date design can give the impression that your business is outdated or even dishonest.

Poor Functionality

While website functionality covers a lot of topics, it’s still relatively simple: if your site can’t be navigated easily to a clear end point (i.e., a purchase or even a sign-up), then it doesn’t function correctly. It’s important to look at your site’s menus, check for broken links, and the overall content on your site, including blogs, contact information, and copyright date as well.

Not Optimized for Mobile

If your current website isn’t mobile-optimized, it’s time to update. Mobile traffic accounts for approximately half of web traffic worldwide. A mobile-optimized site has all of the most important information visible and available on mobile. Without that mobile structure, important information may be lost, load time may exceed the user’s attention span, or the site may not be visible at all to mobile users.

Expansion

If your site has all of the above covered, maybe it’s time to expand on the current offerings. This could include:

We’re Here to Help

Our team works with companies big and small and provides them with resources typically only available at larger web agencies, except we provide them with a much more personal and accessible touch. We want to discuss any challenges and how our services can help solve your business website headaches. Our comprehensive website design services as well, as our ongoing monthly maintenance packages will make managing your website a dream for you and your team. Schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation and let’s talk through your questions.

Happy New Year! A new year brings new trends, this is true for websites as well. Think back to what some of the first websites you visited looked like compared to what you interface with today – quite the change, huh? The internet is constantly evolving, and web design is no exception. Each year brings new and interesting changes in website design – both visual and behind the scenes – continuing to capture our attention. As we look ahead to 2023, here are some of the top website trends to look out for. 

Motion UI

Motion UI is a library of animations and transitions that can be used to bring life to a website. Think of a Live image from an iPhone where it cycles the same few seconds of movement over and over. The result is subtle and draws the user’s attention to certain elements on the page, but is not distracting to the user. It can also be used to create more complex animations that help to tell a story. Motion UI is a great way to add a bit of flair to a website, and it’s becoming increasingly popular in web design. 

Video Backgrounds

Video backgrounds are a great way to make a website stand out. A video background can be used to create a unique visual experience that draws the user in. Video backgrounds are also a great way to communicate a message quickly and effectively. 

Voice Search Optimization

Voice search is becoming increasingly popular. Voice search optimization involves optimizing a website’s content and structure to make it more likely to appear in voice search results. This includes optimizing page titles, meta descriptions, and content for keywords that are likely to be used in voice searches. 

Accessibility

A website could be the most beautiful, innovative, and interesting, but if it can’t be accessed by all then the site has failed. We’ll see a big uptick in not only accessible websites but also in products to ensure accessibility, like the one you see in the circle on the bottom right side of our website. These products will not only make it easy for differently abled visitors to navigate the site more easily but they will also help to protect the company by avoiding discrimination.

Responsive Design

Responsive design has been around for a few years now, but it’s still one of the most important trends in web design. Responsive design is the practice of creating a website that automatically adjusts to fit the device it’s being viewed on. This means that a website looks great on a laptop, tablet, or smartphone, regardless of the size of the screen. Responsive design is essential for creating a great user experience, as it ensures that users can access your website from any device.

The Gold Standard

The good news is that some things never change! The gold standards of great site structure that enhance the user experience will still be essential in 2023. This includes:

Let’s Get Started

It’s a new year, let’s talk about your new website. Our comprehensive website design services, as well as our ongoing maintenance packages, will make managing your website a dream for you and your team. Download your copy of our “Top Questions to Ask When Hiring a Web Designer” and schedule your complimentary 30-minute consultation to get started.  

These are just a few of the top website trends to look out for in 2023. As the internet continues to evolve, new trends will emerge that will shape the way websites are designed and developed. It’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in order to create a website that stands out from the competition.