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.
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