Menu Close Menu

Is your website reaching as many users as possible?

Imagine that you learnt there was a new web browser and 14% of users were using it. Downloading it, you give it a try and find that your own website is really difficult to use in this browser, there are sections that are broken and content that you can't even read. 

This is a big issue! That's a significant number of users that can't buy from your shop, use your product or learn more about your company.

You'd call up the developers of your site straight away and put a plan together to fix up the site to support this new browser. Crisis averted. 

Don't worry, there's no crazy new browser that most sites have issues with. The 14% of users I'm referring to are people with disabilities. Research commissioned by Microsoft showed that 9% of working age computer users in the US have a severe visual difficulty or impairment. In addition, 5% have a severe dexterity difficulty or impairment. 

Because we don't experience websites in the same way as a blind user navigating with a screen reader, the issues with our websites can be easy to overlook. The same applies to mobile websites and apps - iPhones have a built in screen reader called VoiceOver that reads content to you and allows you to control the phone using gestures. 

One thing that is simple to test - try using your website with only the keyboard. Some users have visual or dexterity issues that mean this is the only way they can get around on the web. Hopefully, your site isn't going to cause them a problem. If it does, it really is worth having the issues resolved. After all, you don't want to be missing out on 14% extra usage. 

If you'd like to discuss more about web and mobile accessibility, email me at 

More from the blog

Oadby Owls Presentation Evening 2019

Xibis are sponsors of the Oadby Owl U8 team and were proud to be part of the seasons presentation evening on the 18th May 2019 at Leicester Racecourse

Xibis Climbing Evening

A fun and physically challenging evening climbing session for those Xibis staff brave enough to dare at the Climbing Station in Loughborough

ESF Events - App Suite Launch

ESF Events have recently launched a suite of smartphone apps developed by Xibis. There are three apps for each platform and are dedicated to major brands: Tigers Challenge (Rugby Union), Rhinos Challenge (Rugby League) and ESF Festival of Football

Get in touch

Xibis Limited, 67 London Road,
Oadby, Leicester LE2 5DN

Or call us on

0116 272 9990