Are Homestead web sites ADA compliant?

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In California businesses are being fines for not having an ADA website. Is the Homestead platform ADA compliant?
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Hello,

Homestead sites are not ADA compliant by default. You can use an ADA compliant check list and make sure the site is up to the standards but that is something that will need to be done manually. 
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Please make WebsiteBuilder compliant.https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/atag/ Homestead puts so much onus on customers for the price. Also, develop a blog that actually has a comments section in Website Builder, like most other tools. You took this away in the WebsiteBuilder, and we have been requesting it since its inception. A Facebook plug in does not cut it. Not all of out clients use Facebook. That is a major assumption. Thanks.
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Hello,

I can share this feedback and request additional blog features, unfortunately we cannot guarantee implementation of the features but we have shared the this with the development team. 
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From what I read at 
https://blog.networkats.com/6-tips-to-make-your-website-ada-compliant
it seems that ADA compliance is something the site owner could do fairly easily. From my read the only time homestead would need to be involved might be concerning reviewing the websites code and CSS to ensure best practices are being utilized.

I also realize that ADA compliance is something that's not going to go away. All websites might be required to be ADA compliant sooner than later as is explaned in the link below.
https://www.cnet.com/news/why-the-fate-of-online-accessibility-may-rest-with-a-dominos-pizza-lawsuit/

And because google chrome has a tool/extension to check for ADA accessibility issues, in the future having an ADA compliant website will probably help your site in the search results. 
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Just did a little test using 2 sites. 1 built with websitebuilder and 1 built with sitebuilder plus. The tool worked with the site built with sitebuilder plus but the site built using the newer websitebuilder returned the following message. 

Error
An error has occurred when trying to access or analyze this page. Please check the URL and try your request again.

WAVE cannot evaluate pages that are not publicly available. For intranet or other non-public pages, or if the error persists, please use the WAVE Firefox or Chrome extension.

And I tried different variations of the url. I tried https, http, a slashie at the end of .com, a slashie followed by index, etc. Nothing worked

Does it mean anything? I don't know. But I do know that the sitebuilder plus site can be made ADA compliant with minimal effort on my part...according to the tool anyway. 

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