Console Setup Guide: Video Tutorial

27 Jan 2021

Hello and welcome to accessible web

Today we are going to go over how to set up a new website in Console.

First, press the button labelled try for free

Then enter email, site url, and create a password. Finally check the checkbox agreeing to the terms of service and privacy policy

Now we’re ready to get started! You should receive an email prompting you to confirm your email and complete registration.

Press the link within the email to do so.

You can now log in using the credentials you provided and you will be taken to our setup guide

Press the button to continue with setup.

First you’re going to need to set up page monitoring. First we will choose our scan rules- we recommend using WCAG 2.1 AA because it’s the current industry standard, but we also provide options for WCAG 2.1 A, WCAG 2.0 AA, and WCAG 2.0 A. We would be happy to dive into more details about the different levels of success criteria if you have any questions.

Then, choose your frequency. We have options for daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly scanning, or not scanning at all. If you update your site frequently, for example by creating blog posts, then daily scanning might be right for you. If you don’t change your site that much, quarterly could be the option for you. 

Next, you’ll need to specify your XML sitemap. Commonly this is your domain slash sitemap.xml, but it could be different. 

Next you’re going to be setting up your accessibility badge. You’ll need to specify an accessibility advocate- providing their name, phone number, email, as well as their mailing address. This will be the person who is contacted when users experience issues on the site like if a user is unable to click a button because it doesn’t exhibit the proper keyboard interactions. 

Continue to the next step once done.

For the accessibility policy, you have the option to use the default or a custom policy that you can write yourself. Many clients choose to use our default policy, but if there are specific things you’d like to address within your policy, it could be helpful to write them in.

Some of our clients choose to publicly display an accessibility log which is essentially a record of all accessibility related efforts you have made on your site. This shows users that you’re actively making an effort to improve your site’s accessibility.

Lastly, when you’d like to activate your badge you’ll need to first install this snippet so that it can appear on your site. Once you’ve installed this snippet, you can check the checkbox labelled “Activate Accessibility Badge”  to activate your badge.

Once these steps have been completed you’ll be all set! You can proceed to Console. Check out some of our other videos for an overview of Console itself. Thanks for watching!