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WordPress and Web Accessibility Training

Learn tricks and best practices to keep your Boise State website up to date using WordPress.


Drop-In Labs

WordPress & Web Accessibility Drop-In Labs are intended for problem solving and consultation for people already familiar with using WordPress at Boise State, and for sites using the approved standard Boise State WordPress theme.

They are not intended as training classes for first-time users to learn the basics of using WordPress, or for sites that are not using the approved standard Boise State WordPress theme.

Drop-In Labs are scheduled:

  • Tuesday, June 19, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: Employee Learning and Development Classroom, Human Resource Services, Capitol Village.

No registration is required.

As an alternative, you can schedule in-person support and consultation for WordPress by contacting the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357 or helpdesk@boisestate.edu.

WordPress at Boise State

Learn how to use Boise State’s WordPress environment for creating and maintaining public-facing college and department websites. Topics include best practices for creating Pages and Posts, using media, leveraging shortcodes, search engine optimization, using menus, and foundations of web accessibility.

Siteimprove Training

Learn how to use Siteimprove to identify and review potential accessibility issues on Boise State University WordPress sites. We will provide an overview of the Siteimprove Accessibility Reports and allow time for participants to review data on their own sites. We recommend you attend the “Web Accessibility at Boise State” presentation first before registering for this session.

Web Accessibility at Boise State University

Boise State values inclusiveness and access for all students, faculty and staff. The Americans with Disabilities Act prevents individuals with disabilities from being denied the benefits of services, programs or activities at Boise State, which including content on our WordPress public-facing websites. This session will address how accessibility standards impact current web content, how you can help bring your content into compliance, and best practices for creating future content that both minimizes legal risk to the University and ensures access for everyone.

Create Accessible Documents for the Web

Web accessibility is not only limited to web pages, but extends to PDF files and other types of documents on Boise State’s WordPress sites. Participants will learn how to create accessible PDF and Microsoft Office documents, and repair existing documents.

Web Content Accessibility Micro-Certification Badge

The Web Content Accessibility Micro-Certification Badge is a free professional development opportunity for all eligible Boise State employees. The course is available in a flexible online format and designed to meet the needs of WordPress site administrators and web content editors to draft, edit, publish, and remediate accessible web content.

Using SecureForms with WordPress

SecureForms is the supported method used for WordPress forms development and management at Boise State. By ensuring web form data is transmitted and stored in a secure, reliable manner, SecureForms is an effective and reliable solution. Learn when to use a SecureForm, how to design forms, and how to manage form data.

Assistive Technology Presentations

Join Mike Gibson of the Educational Access Center for an active live presentation and demonstration using screen reader technologies with the modern web. Sessions will be held in the Educational Access Center conference room, which seats a maximum of 12 people.

Intro to Screen Readers and Magnification

This presentation will introduce participants to the Access Technology apps of screen readers and screen magnifiers used by blind and visually impaired computer users. Overview and evolution of the technology will be presented. Basic terminology, keyboard commands, and user strategies will be discussed. Examples of inaccessible and accessible webpage design will be demonstrated. There will be time for Q&A at the end.

  • Date: Tuesday, July 17
  • Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Presenter: Mike Gibson
  • Participant Limit: 12
  • Registration required.

Accessible Forms and Data Table Navigation

This intermediate presentation will introduce participants to web based forms and tables using keyboard navigation alternatives provided by the operating system and screen readers. Accessible and inaccessible examples from a variety of sources will be explored. Participants will see firsthand common barriers and frustrations experienced by blind and visually impaired access technology users. There will be time available where participants may have their own forms and tables evaluated.

  • Date: Tuesday, July 24
  • Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Presenter: Mike Gibson
  • Participant Limit: 12
  • Registration required.


WordPress Schedule



View the WordPress class schedule on Google Calendar.

Other Resources

Visit webguide.boisestate.edu for step-by-step tutorials, additional training content, and information about managing, using and securing WordPress at Boise State University.


Customized Training

Contact OIT Communications if you would like to schedule a customized group training session for WordPress.


More Information

For questions or help using WordPress at Boise State University, contact the Office of Information Technology Help Desk at 208-426-4357 (HELP) or helpdesk@boisestate.edu.