New WordPress Plugin for Full Text RSS Feed

One quirk of WordPress (starting at version 2.1) is the interaction between the ‘more’ tag and the RSS feed. Even if you choose ‘Full Text’ under Syndication Feeds | Reading Options and then use the ‘more’ tag, your post gets cut off after the tag. There are no options to disable this ‘feature’.

Why is this a problem? Social sites such Technorati and myFeedz index your site via the RSS feed. Your site will only get indexed partially and tags appearing after the ‘more’ tag will be missed. Yahoo! also uses RSS feed for indexing – although as an option. If you use Feedburners Email Subscription Service, your readers only get part of your post.

A WordPress plugin called CompleteRSS solves the problem nicely. CompleteRSS forces WordPress 2.1 to display the full article content in your feeds. In addition, it displays your feeds entirely free of the heavily-abused ‘content:encoded’ tags.

A few caveats…

In the WordPress Admin Dashboard, under Options | Reading, the selected feed setting is ‘Summary’ and cannot be changed. This is intentional, and is required for CompleteRSS to work.

The author mentioned a control panel and some options in v1.0. However, as yet there are no options. Actually, you don’t need any options. Just install and activate the plugin. Then, you are off to happier subscribers and better indexing! See the feed for this site as an example.

Update (June 16th): The plugin author’s site has errors preventing you from downloading the plugin. Until the site is repaired, I have put a copy here.

Update (June 18th): The author’s site is now repaired. See his comment below.

Addendum: I noticed that one of my blogs still on WordPress v1.52 had the same problem with truncated feed. I installed the CompleteRSS plugin and now it’s displaying full feed the way it should. No problems!

Alternatively, consider using the Better Feed plugin. It has an option to display the full post among a host of other features.