The EasyWP Dispatch – Mullenweg’s State of the Word is here again

The EasyWP Dispatch - Mullenweg’s State of the Word is here again

Welcome to this week’s edition of The EasyWP Dispatch, your go-to source for the latest WordPress insights and updates! In this issue, we’re bringing you a trio of exciting stories that span the WordPress spectrum. First, we share details on the upcoming State of the Word 2023 event, slated for December. Then, we shift to web design, discussing the creation of neurodiverse-friendly websites that prioritize inclusivity. Lastly, we’ll unveil user-friendly methods to integrate Alipay payments into your WordPress site, opening doors to a vast market. 

State of the Word 2023 coming on December 11th

The annual State of the Word is set to take place on December 11th and with recent WordPress news related to Openverse and the Photo Directory, it’s sure to have some relevant insights on the future. WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg will be delivering the keynote address live from Palacio Neptuno, Madrid, Spain, celebrating the progress of the open-source project and providing insights into its future. The event can be watched on the WordPress YouTube channel, and those interested in attending in person can request tickets, although availability is limited.

For those unfamiliar with State of the Word, previous events can be viewed on This is the first time Mullenweg’s State of the Word address ventures beyond North America, bringing the WordPress community to a new and vibrant city that plays a vital role in the WordPress project. Curious WordPress users can submit questions for Matt Mullenweg to answer during the Q&A session, either by emailing [email protected] or using the Q&A app Slido during the event. 

Designing neurodiverse-friendly websites

Creating neurodiverse-friendly websites is crucial in today’s digital landscape to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for individuals with neurodivergent conditions such as autism, ADHD, and dyslexia. By embracing neurodiversity, designers contribute to a more compassionate and inclusive digital environment that values the unique strengths and perspectives of neurodivergent individuals.

A recent article in TechRound points out that visual design plays a pivotal role in creating neurodiverse-friendly websites. Ensuring sufficient color contrast between text and background enhances the user experience for individuals with visual impairments or those sensitive to specific color combinations. Maintaining a clear and consistent layout throughout the website aids users with cognitive challenges in navigating seamlessly. Minimizing the use of flashing or rapidly changing content prioritizes the well-being of neurodiverse users.

Overall, designing neurodiverse-friendly websites involves considering the needs of diverse cognitive abilities and sensory preferences, creating inclusive visual design, prioritizing accessible text and typography, incorporating multimedia content thoughtfully, and implementing interactive and navigational features that cater to the unique needs of neurodivergent individuals. Read TechRound’s full list of recommendations

Easy ways to accept Alipay in WordPress

Accepting Alipay payments on your WordPress site can help you tap into a large market of over 1 billion active users. Alipay is a popular digital wallet in China and is gaining popularity worldwide. Many domestic dropshipping stores and eCommerce giants like Alibaba and AliExpress use Alipay as their primary payment method.

Image source: WP Beginner

A recent guide from WP Beginner goes through two ways to accept Alipay payments in WordPress easily. The first method they recommend is to use WP Simple Pay, which allows you to accept payments without needing to set up any complicated APIs on your site. If you run a WooCommerce store, then WP Beginner suggests you may want to use a payment plugin instead. Both of these options can help you integrate other payment networks, as well. 

And that’s a wrap for this week’s edition of The EasyWP Dispatch. If you found these insights valuable, be sure to look into our archive of previous editions for even more WordPress news, trends, and updates. Keep an eye on this space for the most recent developments in the ever-changing realm of WordPress. Stay inspired, and stay innovative!

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