If you have been following us at HostAdvice, you know why we fully trust accessiBe with our website accessibility. While the company has excellent tools in its portfolio, it recently released an innovative upgrade, an all-in-one web accessibility platform for developers named accessFlow.
In this article, you can learn all about accessFlow, including its target market, company details, accessiBe features, pricing, plans, customer assistance, and more!
What is accessiBe?
accessiBe is a leading web accessibility solution for WCAG and ADA compliance, trusted by over 155,000 websites worldwide. It’s a revolutionary company with a vision to make the Internet accessible to everyone by 2025 by empowering businesses of all sizes to take the inclusive approach and comply with legislation.
accessiBe offers affordable and efficient solutions with 2-minute integration and immediate turnaround. Its portfolio includes the following products/services:
- accessScan – free auditing service
- accessServices – accessibility professional services
- accessWidget – AI-powered accessibility tool
- accessFlow – developer tool for medium and large businesses
Yet, what we love most about accessiBe is its goal to make the world a better place to live in, promoting website accessibility as the right thing to do, not only the beneficial thing for your business and attracting new clients.
An Overview Of accessFlow
I was thrilled when I got my hands on accessFlow. While accessiBe’s AI-powered tool is an excellent fit for just about anyone, including first-time users and beginners with no coding experience, the accessFlow tool specifically targets web professionals (such as myself). Yet, my first encounter with it proved it’s straightforward to navigate.
accessFlow allows you to test, monitor, and remediate the accessibility of websites and web apps by incorporating web accessibility in the source code. Naturally, it’s a web accessibility tool for developers, not for individuals using website builders without touching the code itself.
You don’t need to build your site and then come back to make adjustments; instead, you immediately build your software to be accessible by everyone and support the inclusion of all users, with and without disabilities.
But it doesn’t end there. You’ll also benefit from:
- Intelligent issue grouping and categorization to provide you with a workable list
- A structured workflow with a list of tasks grouped by type and organized by priority
- Affected source code for every issue (what to fix, how this issue affects users, and how to avoid it next time)
- Code suggestions for quick and effective remediation
- Built-in task and project workflow management with full team communication features
- Testing, remediating, and monitoring complete user flows
- The ability to keep track of your project’s success rate over time, and more
Who Is It For?
accessFlow treats accessibility as another pillar you need to address while developing your website, along with security, performance, and observability. It’s a time-saving and effective tool that allows you to natively incorporate accessibility into your software cycle. Furthermore, it creates a remediation project workflow and provides feedback in the form of ranks and scores that teams can follow to succeed in their projects.
Therefore, accessFlow is the perfect fit for:
- Developers and engineering teams: accessFlow simulates an assistive technology session to audit your website. You’ll get a remediation project workflow, constant feedback, clear instructions, best practices, and code snippets to implement in the source. (hint: remember that while engineers have the proper tech skills and experience, they mostly struggle with product planning and implementation). accessFlow will further monitor your apps to ensure you don’t ship accessible code, helping you design and develop software that all your users can enjoy.
- Product owners and managers: accessFlow will help you plan, test, and manage your websites and applications’ accessibility levels to detect vulnerability points before publishing. Launching a website that’s not accessible to every human being on the planet can significantly harm your reputation and profits. With accessiBe’s innovative tool, you can show the world that accessibility is important to you from day one, thus improving your market position and sales. In addition, accessFlow can help you widen your target market (thus, potential revenues) by including people with various disabilities.
- Accessibility experts and consultants: If you’ve been hired to improve a website or an app’s website accessibility, it only makes sense to utilize the best technology for the job. With accessFlow, you’ll receive the tools and workflows to execute and monitor successful accessibility projects.
Pricing & Plans
accessiBe is an all-In-one website accessibility platform for web developers and engineering teams of all sizes. Depending on your needs and budget, you can choose from four plans: Essentials, Advanced, Super, and Enterprise.
|Price||Starting at $49 per month||Starting at $190 per month||Starting at $1,149 per month||Flexible payment options per agreement|
accessiBe allows you to pay monthly without commitment, being able to cancel anytime. Also, you can commit for a year; this way, you’ll get a discounted offer.
Within the Dashboard, you can also calculate your monthly/annual expenses depending on the number of pages you need accessFlow to audit and monitor.
For instance, the prices for 100 pages are shown in the table above. If you double the number of pages to 200, the prices will increase to $65/mo for Essentials, $206/mo for Enterprise, and $1,165/mo for Super.
You can increase the number of pages to 100,000 from the Dashboard and contact accessiBe if you would like a further increase of the page limit.
Finally, we get to the most exciting part of the review. What can you expect by getting accessFlow?
#1: Auto-Generated, Crystal Clear Project-Specific Workflow
Before you start working, you need a plan. But that doesn’t mean you have to do it yourself. accessiBe will automatically create the tasks you need to address and group them by categories.
accessFlow will also explain in great detail how to fulfill the tasks. For example, you can get screenshots or code examples.
More importantly, accessiBe looks at the bigger picture. The provider organizes your project in four phases and prioritizes your tasks.
As you progress on your work, accessiBe introduces the next phase and the tasks within, granting you unmatched project clarity and control. This way, you can ensure to never forget anything or skip a crucial step that will negatively affect your further operation.
How can you track which phase your project has reached? Don’t worry; this is another aspect that accessiBe has made a piece of cake. You’ll get a real-time workflow screen that updates you on your project and issues with scoring and phase tracker completion by percentages.
At last, you’ll benefit from incredible collaboration with your team and spread the workflow among yourselves. Each member gets an individual Dashboard with their tasks ranked by priority.
#2: Robust User-Simulated AI-Powered Auditing
accessFlow recognizes different elements, such as menus, form validations, and page landmarks, and recommends how to remediate them on your website or app. However, you won’t get dry guidelines like other website accessibility tools. Instead, accessFlow grants you training, tutorials, and a guidance system to teach you the effects your issues have on people with disabilities, how to fix them, and improve the user experience. You can also visualize website accessibility implementations to better understand your actions.
#3: Accessibility Issue Monitoring and Alerting Schedules
Work never stops with this accessibility tool for developers. You might have reached a satisfactory grade in the workflow, but that doesn’t mean you’ve finished the project altogether. The tool will continue performing automatic monitoring and scans of new updates to inform you of newly discovered issues, thus helping you maintain your quality web development base.
As soon as accessiBe detects an issue, the provider will immediately notify you and your team via email. You’ll also get in-app alerting and notifications within the accessFlow Dashboard.
#4: Action Funnels & User Flows Remediation and Monitoring
accessFlow also enables you to remediate and monitor your action funnels.
The tool will set them up, execute them as a series of actions and evaluate the accessibility failures simultaneously with the standard scanning. In turn, you’ll access the outcome of each audit, whether failure or success, within the Action Funnel setup within the Dashboard for efficient management.
#5: Seamless Integration Into Your Existing Development Pipelines and Workflows
If I were you, I would go through any hassle to get the accessiBe features as explained. However, accessiBe will not allow that for its users. The provider eliminates any inconvenience, allowing you to seamlessly integrate accessibility testing and monitoring to your CI/CD pipelines and unit testing.
You can choose to work from accessFlow’s Dashboard or the one in your project management tool, whether it’s Jira, ClickUp, Slack, Asana, etc.
Last but not least, you can also integrate accessFlow into your UI component testing pipelines.
Help and Customer Support
If you ever need help with accessiBe, you can browse through its FAQ section, contact support, or sales. The live chat window is always available in the bottom right corner.
accessiBe’s FAQs are divided into nine categories:
- Product & Technology
- Installation & Integrations
- Account Management
- Legal & Privacy
- Customization & Design
- Technical Support
- Partners & Affiliates
- Payment & Pricing
- Accessibility Information
Once you choose a category, you’ll be able to review all questions within or switch between categories. I love that accessiBe has a well-organized platform that’s especially easy to navigate and understand even if you are accessing it for the first time.
If you have encountered a bug or are facing installation issues, you’ll need to contact support. To get technical assistance, you need to enter your name, email address, a direct link to the issue, and a full description.
If you are a potential customer with a pre-sale question, you can also contact accessiBe’s Sales.
Still, there are times when you need support immediately. And here’s where the live chat option comes into play. accessiBe states that its typical response time is under two minutes via live chat. So, let’s test it out.
See, it happens to be quite late at night, so the agents happen to be asleep.
It doesn’t seem that I will experience the typical two-minute response time. Instead, I got the following message from the live chatbot, asking me to leave my contact details so they could contact me, probably in the morning?
I have to say that it’s not my first encounter with accessiBe’s team. These guys are usually super helpful and knowledgeable. They have cleared up some things for me in the past and helped me resolve some issues I have been facing. I guess today’s not my day.
accessiBe has always been a revolutionary company with a strong vision. Yet, it managed to surprise me with its innovative accessibility tool for developers. accessFlow is a comprehensive platform for experienced professionals. And interestingly, while it includes advanced possibilities, it’s pretty easy to understand.
accessFlow makes the perfect fit for web developers, engineering teams, product owners and company managers, accessibility experts, and consultants. It can help increase your customer base by designing and developing software that all users can enjoy, with or without disabilities. In turn, you get to improve your reputation and profits and, most importantly, do the right thing!
Yet, what makes accessiBe #1 in website accessibility is that the company never stops. If you visit its site, you’ll realize there’s yet another upcoming feature. So, what’s left for us is to wait for the accessCampus release to teach us all about web accessibility in an easy and user-friendly way!