Create Print-Friendly Pages with Cool Plugin

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Nina East - Wordpress Customization & Setup Expert

Ever printed out a really cool article you found on the internet, only to end up with 15 pages of text, images, and advertisements, rather than the meat of the article?

Me, too. Very frustrating. Not only have I just contributed to the unnecessary destruction of a couple more trees, I now have a bunch of fairly useless pages because the content I want is spread out and not very reader-friendly.

Print-Friendly Plugin to the rescue!

You’ll notice at the bottom of the posts on this site, there’s a small green button that says “print” and “PDF”. Just click on it and you’ll see a much friendlier version of the page, with the option to show or remove images, print to your printer, convert to a PDF, or even send a print-friendly tweet.

How cool is that?!

And no worries about goofing things up, you can always “undo” any changes you make.

I’m sure you’ve seen the “printer friendly” option/link on lots of websites – mapquest, CNN, etc. – but didn’t know how to code it in properly.

That’s part of what is so great about WordPress! There’s a plugin for just about everything.
Remember, it is easy to go overboard on the plugins and slow your site down, but if you’re publishing posts that are full of meaningful, useful content, I suggest you check this one out.

Print-Friendly has multiple options. Yes, they are all green…it is part of the “green” movement, after all. But you can select which button works best for your site. And if you’re comfortable with coding, you can actually use your own button. If you use a blog excerpt page as your homepage, you can select whether you want the button to appear on the that page or just on the individual post-pages.

And, if you happen to be on someone’s site who doesn’t have the print-friendly option, never fear. You can go directly to Print-Friendly and put in the url and generate your own print friendly version. Or get a bookmarklet to put on your own browser bar.

Also, if you have traditional html pages on your site, you can also generate a button specifically for those pages. For those situations, it’s even easier to use a button you make or customize yourself.

All around…the print-friendly plugin is a good egg.

Nina East is usually described as being ahead of her time, and not at all what you would expect. She has had multiple careers and businesses - often described as a serial entrepreneur or serial expert. In addition to running two online companies, Nina has been a leadership and personal development trainer, a published author, the director of student development at a liberal arts university, a manager of a traditional retail store, the lead certifier for the International Association of Coaching, the senior trainer at the world's largest coach training program, a motorcycle safety instructor, and a firewalk instructor!

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3 comments on “Create Print-Friendly Pages with Cool Plugin
  1. Excellent post. I agree that the the print-friendly plugin is a good egg. Anyone who has had the “15 pages, where’s the stuff I printed” problem should take advantage, I know I will.

    Thanks much–you too are a good egg.

  2. Nina East says:

    Thanks Vannie – I don’t think anyone has ever called me an egg!
    Yep, print-friendly has saved me many a headache, and I’m sure many trees.

  3. This is great for printing out instructional blogs and similar things that use the plugin. I have used it for my class blog for handouts to my students, it’s a god send!

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