Many influential WordPress projects, such as Aesop Story Engine, PodsCamp, and WordPress Post Forking, found their beginnings and/or second winds on Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, or another crowdfunding platform. A successful campaign funded by passionate supporters can make an idea into reality or bring fresh momentum for another round of development.
Kayosey is the latest community project seeking funding for a good cause – the creation of the first 100% accessible theme for WordPress. The four-person team behind the Kickstarter campaign is led by WordPress developer Rafa Poveda, an organizer for WordCamp Sevilla and WordCamp Europe 2015. They aim to raise $6,770 to fund the development of the first AAA, fully-accessible and fully-responsive theme/framework for WordPress.
If successfully funded, Kayosey will be released as a free theme, 100% GPL v2 or later, and will be submitted to the official WordPress Theme Directory for anyone to use. The theme’s creators believe that it has the potential to make a major impact on the overall accessibility of the web. Poveda summarized the goal for the campaign:
Our goal is to create the first fully accessible, upgradeable and adaptable to all devices theme for WordPress. Today, 24% of the web works with WordPress, being the most used CMS by developers. An accessible parent theme for WordPress will virtually make 1/4 of the web accessible.
Although the existence of the an accessible parent theme is not likely to translate directly into 1/4 of the web becoming more accessible, it would provide a solid starting place for developers who are interested in producing accessible themes. The vast majority of WordPress themes lag in meeting accessibility guidelines and the official directory doesn’t have much of a selection listed under the accessibility-ready tag.
Poveda and his team plan to work closely with WordPress’ Accessibility Team and will propose changes to core as necessary to help make WordPress 100% accessible. They will be using the WAI (The Web Access Initiative) as a reference manual. The project will be documented publicly on GitLab and GitHub to keep supporters up to date.
The Kayosey team outlined a few stretch goals beyond the € 6,000 they are hoping to raise, which would enable the team to expand the parent theme into a framework and eventually add WooCommerce compatibility:
- € 6,000 – GOAL! We will make a 100%-a11y WordPress parent theme!
- € 12,000 – More than a theme – We will create Kayosey Framework, the first accessible framework, full of options to make the development easier.
- € 20,000 – WooCommerce compatibility! Everyone should be able to make a shop with WordPress without external help.
So far, the Kayosey project has reached 12% of the $6,770 goal. The campaign has one month remaining before the fundraising deadline.