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Elementor accessibility compliance – is Elementor ADA compliant?

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We are considering Elementor for our new website, but we are concerned about Elementor’s ADA compliance. Is Elementor ADA compliant?


The client would like to know about Elementor ADA compliance and to specifically know if Elementor is ADA complaint.

Elementor accessibility compliance – is Elementor ADA compliant?

Unfortunately, Elementor isn’t fully compliant–out of the box–and breaks many of the rules for accessibility. Thankfully, customizing Elementor and WordPress is easy to do. Building a WCAG/ADA compliant web site using Elementor today is possible, and there are numerous tools to help make it easy. 

The issue of accessibility is often a big question and an important consideration for organizations and their leaders. Some organizations would say Elementor is not the best choice for clients impacted by these legal requirements.

“The good news for Elementor users is that the editor has the technology needed for accessibility built into it.” explains the Elementor team in Make your website accessible. “There’s no need for any coding work or extra CSS. All you have to do is provide accessible content and we’ll take care of the rest.”

“Non-conformance to ADA requirements is, in practice, discrimination and can lead to serious fines and negative publicity” offers one ADA compliance specialist.

Some typical issues we see regarding ADA (or WCAG 2.0) compliance of Elementor sites:

  • Tab-navigation doesn’t work as intended, and a customized navigation is required.
  • Not all items are correctly labeled, such as search and menu items
  • Video widgets may not play nicely with requirements and/or play with keyboard controls
  • Non-textual content may not be labeled correctly for those without sight
  • Heading orders, depending on development models, may not be ordered correctly

Understanding Web Accessibility Success Rates

“The four accessibility principles listed” explains Dean Issacharoff, Product Marketing Manager at Elementor. Accessibility “can be measured using a success criteria level: A: The minimum requirement for accessibility, AA: A medium or good level of accessibility, AAA: The gold standard of accessibility.”

Additional reading

  • The Elementor team has compiled additional resources for users working to improve the accessibility of their organization’s website. They offer great information on the aspects of accessibility as related to the Elementor platform and outline some key information for overcoming some challenges in the platform. Explore this resource on the Elementor Help Center.
  • This is another resource from the Elementor team with more information regarding web accessibility design as relevant to Elementor. It isn’t the freshest resource, so some details about Elementor may have changed, but it does provide additional insight into ADA compliance for the Elementor page builder.    How to Design for Web Accessibility — Key Principles & Tips by Dean Issacharoff
  • This resource, also from the Elementor team, focuses on accessibility in WordPress more broadly, and covers some aspects of ADA Compliance in Elementor as well.   How to Make Your Website Accessible With Elementor by Donna Cavalier
  • Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)’s website: This site is the official resource for accessibility standards and techniques and is required reading for those tasked with understanding ADA compliance in Elementor-based websites.
  • Check out IBM’s Equal Access Toolkit: it includes several enterprise-level accessibility guidelines and best practices. This toolkit is very useful for enterprise organizations.
  • Check out What’s New in WCAG 2.2 on W3.org

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