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A couple of weeks ago, I spent my Friday geeking out at Lyon’s first Wordcamp. Take all of Lyon has to offer in terms of WordPress fanatics, add some guests from Grenoble and Paris, spice up with visitors from Nice, Marseille, put all of them on a barge on the Rhône river, bring up the temperature and feed them with coffee and sweets… and you’ll have an idea of what went down that day. Among other very interesting conferences, I particularly enjoyed the plugins-related sessions which inspired this list of…

5 WordPress plugins that will change your site for the better

Easy Digital Downloads

Easy Digital Dowloads

Easy Digital Downloads is a complete e-commerce solution for selling digital products in a light, performant, and easy to use plugin. Rather that attempting to provide every feature under the sun, Easy Digital Downloads makes selling digital simple and complete by providing just the features you need.

Our favorite feature: the earnings and sales charts.

The ratings: 4.9 out of 5 stars

UpdraftPlus

Updraft Plus

UpdraftPlus simplifies backups (and restoration). Backup into the cloud (Amazon S3 (or compatible), Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, DreamObjects, FTP, Microsoft OneDrive, SFTP, SCP, WebDAV, OpenStack Swift and email) and restore with a single click.

Our favorite feature: the automatic backup on a repeating schedule

The ratings: 4.9 out of 5 stars

All in One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack

All in One SEO Pack optimizes your WordPress blog for SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

Our favorite feature: the built-in API so other plugins/themes can access and extend functionality

The ratings: 4.4 out of 5 stars

BuddyPress

BuddyPress

BuddyPress is a suite of components that are common to a typical social network, and allows for great add-on features through WordPress’s extensive plugin system. Enable registered members to create profiles, have private conversations, make connections, create & interact in groups, and much more.

Our favorite feature: the ability to showcase your community members by creating an unlimited number of profile fields.

The ratings: 4.2 out of 5 stars

SumoMe

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SumoMe will make it easy for your readers to join your email list, share your articles and optimize with analytics.

Our favorite feature: the simple email integration with MailChimp, Aweber, Constant Contact, and Campaign Monitor

The ratings: 4.1 out of 5 stars