You may wonder how much it costs to make your website ADA compliant. There are different price ranges depending on the services that you require. Sometimes you can make the changes and find tools for manual testing. In other cases, you need to hire an expert. The costs that you incur when making the changes can save you from a lawsuit in the long term.
Generally, redoing an established website to make it more ADA compliant is more costly and time-consuming than adding it to the framework initially. The reason is that a programmer needs to go into the backend and edit everything manually.
There are some time-consuming but free tasks that you can incorporate into your website if you don’t wish to outsource the tasks. Alt tags for images are one such task; you can click on every image and, depending on the platform, add alt tags to them. WordPress is one platform that allows you to manually add alt text images.
Text transcripts for videos and podcasts are other options that can be done fairly cheaply. Either you or a single individual can dictate a transcript and type it up, or a software can do it. If you have a fast typist, then the work can be done quickly so that there is available text related to your media. The potential drawback is that it can be time-consuming.
When you are hiring a web design firm to do your ADA compliance, a reputable team will often conduct an audit. This means they will evaluate your website to find out if your website’s age, templates, number of pages and frameworks. Store platforms may be a factor, if you are using BigCommerce versus volusion. An audit usually has a minimum cost of $1500 but it can go up depending on how much the firm will review.
For the work itself, redoing your website can cost between $3000 and $5000 at minimum, depending on how much needs to be changed. Factors can include the size of the website and the number of pages that you have.
It may cost less to rebuild your website from the ground up, or do a migration to another site that is more ADA compliant. A migration can cost $150 at minimum if you don’t have many plugins or add-ins. Either way, always get an estimate if you want to outsource this to a firm.
Does this seem a bit much? Consider how much an ADA lawsuit can cost a business. Some settlements can pay up to $50,000 to the plaintiff, and the damages fall on you. If you have a plaintiff suing dozens of businesses at once, then they can earn a large amount from filing lawsuits. That is why it’s better to pay a smaller upfront cost to handle the issues ahead of time.
At Site Compliance, we engage in regular testing to ensure that your website follows the WCAG 2.1 version. Our automated testing tool will conduct regular checks on your website, and we have engineers that can make manual changes.
Reach out to us today to get started. With Site Compliance, you will never lose sight of accessibility. Protect your website from law firms eager for a settlement from an ADA lawsuit.