PigPog Switches to Full Feeds

Update2: I couldn’t fix the problems with the main feed, but I’ve managed to add a full feed as an extra. Rather than redirect the main feed to this, though, I’m leaving the partial feed in place too, and adding the option of a full feed. It’s going to be labelled as ‘Ad Supported’. It actually isn’t at the moment, but will be eventually, and I don’t want to be seen as offering something then taking it away.

We’ve actually found a couple of ways of potentially gaining some income from the full feed anyway, by splicing in searches and Amazon links, but these won’t be big extra ads, just links in the text, and we’ll keep it fairly low-key. Anyway, if you prefer full-fat feeds, just switch to http://pigpog.com/rss-full. Sorry for the mess recently, but this will all be worth it for those who hate leaving their RSS Readers 😉

Update: I’ve had to switch this back over to partial feeds, I’m afraid. The trick given by Performancing outputs the full content of the article, but doesn’t pass it through the input filters, so readers are ending up getting the Markdown code, so none of the links or images worked, and the formatting is all screwed up. Sorry.

I’ve just made the change that should make our RSS feeds output the full content of the posts, not just the summaries. If you don’t subscribe to our RSS feeds, nothing changes. If you do, you’ll start getting the whole articles rather than just the first bits of them.

Why?

We’d only changed to partial feeds when we implemented the Drupal system because that’s all Drupal does – there isn’t the option of ourputting full feeds. Recently, though, an article on Performancing explained how to change that. I took a bit of time to think about it, but I’ve come to the conclusion that full feeds are better for us than partial feeds.

There’s two reasons I’d hesitated…

  • Bandwidth usage. The bandwidth used by RSS clients fetching the feed was fairly high anyway – outputting the full posts rather than just snippets of them would push that up even higher. We recently switched back to FeedBurner for our feeds, so that’s not really an issue any more – they cache the feeds and they deal with the bandwidth issue.
  • Content ‘theft’. Some people set up sites that just grab the contents of other people’s feeds, and republish them on their site – all automated, and often without even stating where the content has been taken from. But letting fear of somone else gaining from our work stop us from giving our most regular users the best experience we can seems stupid.

Anyway, it will probably mean a whole lot of reposting – RSS readers will probably think all the articles are updated again – sorry about that.

In the end, though, it’s about giving people the content they want, where and how they want it. I like reading full feeds, so our readers probably do too.