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I was thinking of just adding a snippet for unregistered users and the full article and photos to registered users.
It will be free and instant to register. Each article on a particular town/city is about 2000 worlds and at least half a dozen photos. Would you register or press the back button?
Even though registration is free, you are turning away visitors(and possibly SE spiders). On the otherhand if registration was not free you would still be turning away visitors but you would be making money off of the ones who do register.
If you make money through advertising, forcing visitors to register decreases the pool of visitors who would likely click on an ad.
So it comes back to my first question. What is the benefit of having them register?
Oh and this assumes you are trying to make money :)
As for whether I would register... I probably would if the content was unique and interesting to me.
The Miami Herald comes to mind.
I have never understood the thinking behind being registered to read something that I can live without or just go to the next link to read it somewhere else.
With all the SPAM & virus problems these days there is a natural aversion to registering for something that should be free access.
IMHO leave it open and offer them a news letter or some other thing to get them to sign up.
"turning away visitors(and possibly SE spiders)."
That is half the reason I was going to go the registration way. The snippet of the article I would show the unregistered user/robots would also have a nice keyword density for a particular term.
On one of my websites, I really needed to have their contact information, so although I didn't make it mandatory, I offered some goodies for registering and created a registration form. Again, very few people bothered.
Then, I redesigned the form to include only the absolutely important information needed, it was a very short form. This did it, the registrations began coming in large numbers.