I love FeedBurner and I have been using their service for quite some time. I love their statistics and though I do not pay for the “Secret HallPass and Handshake” I really benefit from understanding subscription and and click patterns. However, Feedburner and consequently the FeedBurner Feed Replacement plugin suffers from a major flaw that has become quite irritating of late.
The feed replacement plugin and Feedburner have very little granularity, a flaw that WordPress does not suffer from. As a matter of fact, WordPress’ feed versatility is one of the best in the industry and though the system is not without its weaknesses, it provides some of the most useful and varied options to distribute feeds. When I use Feedburner, I completely lose that versatility.
Unless I can come up with a pain free method of re-instating the versatility (and it does not look good), I feel that the downside of losing subscription information is not enough for me to remove Feedburner and revert to WordPress’ feed management. I really wish Feedburner was intelligent enough to treat each feed request differently and grab the original feed from the blog on the fly. I imagine it would not be terribly difficult to do since once a feed location is discovered say via referrer parsing, Feedburner could cache it and refresh periodically while it continues to receive requests for it. Although I say it should not be terribly difficult to do, I probably should not assume I understand the complexities of the Feedburner backend and the load that their systems must generate.
I wonder if I can make feature requests?
[EDIT] It seems I did not explain myself correctly. With Feedburner, my blog only has one (or two, if you count comments) feeds. WordPress offers feeds for almost everything under the sun, such as categories, comments, single posts, pages etc. Thats what I mean by versatility and thats what I really miss.