WordPress feeds: Full text or summary?
By now you probably know there is a WordPress widget that lets you subscribe to a blog via email. But I’ve only recently figured out why sometimes the email notification I get includes an entire post and sometimes only the first paragraph or so. If I don’t get the entire post, then I have to go to the blog to read it. I usually do that anyway because it’s more pleasant to read there.
It seems to me if you are the blog owner, you’d prefer to have readers come to your blog to read, and let the email simply announce each new post with a preview. To do that, go to Dashboard > Settings > Reading > “For each article in a feed, show” and click “Summary.”
This way readers will receive only a summary and will come back to your blog to read; it also improves the chances they’ll see something else of interest. It also counts as another hit (but who’s counting, right?). As a bonus, and possibly even more important, It also means your blog’s RSS feeds will include only summaries and not complete posts, discouraging scrapers. You may of course prefer to be thoughtful and accommodating and mail full posts to your subscribers. That’s commendable.