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From: Jeremy Echols
Date: Aug 9, 2019 2:33PM


It could be worth looking at static site generators like Hugo or Jekyll. These tend to be a lot less full-featured than anything like a CMS, but they also tend to mean very simple content administration. Somebody has to be willing to work with raw text files, but there are a lot more accessible text editors than there seem to be accessible CMS page editors. And when you generate the site, the output is raw HTML, so you can scan for accessibility locally without having to run a web server. You don't have to worry about the logged-in user's experience separately from the anonymous user's experience. Administration is all done in flat text files, which, though cumbersome, means again that accessibility isn't a problem you have to solve for admins.

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Sent: Friday, August 09, 2019 12:45 PM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] WordPress Accessibility

I had a WordPress site and used one of the Accessibility Themes and my website got hacked through WordPress. My web host said the hackers got in through the accessible theme I used. I got rid of the WordPress component to my website...I just used it to blog so not much was lost. Still don't trust WordPress although I know a lot of people use it extensively and inclusively.

Cheers, Karen

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Sent: Friday, August 9, 2019 2:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] WordPress Accessibility

Michael wrote: "Are there reasons why we should just stick to html and not put ourselves through the headache of WordPress?"

Well, yes.
For all the reasons you stated in your questions!

Plus, WP is open source, which really comes down to people doing whatever they want. There are few standardizations within the WP system. And people get burned out working on it for little or no pay, so they eventually give up and we end up with half-baked themes, widgets, and plug-ins created by well-intentioned people who don't know jack about accessibility.

Maybe only parts of your website could benefit from the CMS of WordPress, and the remaining sections could be HTML.

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From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of Michael Bullis
Sent: Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:09 PM
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Subject: [WebAIM] WordPress Accessibility

My organization is contemplating whether to move our website from html to WordPress for the reason that we would much more easily be able to update information in real time.

We absolutely cannot and do not wish to create anything that is less accessible than we currently have.

1. Does anyone have advice on what we ought to consider prior to making
such a move?
2. Are there consulting companies that really know the accessibility
themes in WordPress we should consider hiring in order to put a correct foundation on our site?
3. I hear some stories about WordPress introducing inaccessible editors
that might become a problem. Is that so, and, how can we avoid problems?

And finally,

4. Are there reasons why we should just stick to html and not put
ourselves through the headache of WordPress?

Thanks to all on this list. I am a lurker for many years and consistently find this list delivers high value content.

Michael Bullis
Executive Director,
The IMAGE Center of Maryland

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