Often I’ll go to a site and start reading a blog post and know that I really, really want a copy of that post. I want to be able to print it out. I want to be able to highlight important parts. I want to add it to a swipe file of information I collect for education and inspiration.
Some blog owners make it super simple for me to grab the post and print it out. Other’s don’t. When they don’t it means that I have to copy and paste into a text file and spend time removing stuff. That’s time that I could have spent leisurely digesting the info with my pink highlighter in hand.
To make it easier for readers to save your content and print it out you can add a print plugin to your site. All the plugins listed below are free in the WordPress repository and I’ve tested them all out using the Twenty Thirteen theme and WordPress 3.6. I should also mention that the top 7 of print friendly WordPress plugins does not include plugins that you can use to turn your posts into a pdf and focuses on printing only.
Print Friendly & PDF
One of my favorites. Just install it and activate it to use. You can go to Settings/Print Friendly & PDF to customize the icon buttons and text, color, size and positioning. It’s a great little plugin that gives the visitor the option of printing, creating a pdf or emailing the content.
The only downside for me is that it doesn’t include comments. Sometimes, I find the comments very worthwhile and worthy of swiping as well.
Universal Post Manager
This plugin is packed with features! Not only can you print the post but you also can choose to have options of downloading the post in pdf, xml, doc or html format as well! In addition to the printing features you can also turn on social sharing and polls. Once you install the plugin you will see a new menu called Post Manager where you can customize the settings.
If you have elected to have all the print and save options it will display on your site like so:
It really is a fully featured plugin and it’s difficult to believe that it is free
You can read more about it here:
Printer Friendly WP
This plugin has very little to customize. You simply have the choice of having a print button on posts, pages or both. That’s it! You will then see a cute little printer icon at the end of each page/post.
Print What You Like
Once you install and activate the plugin you can customize it by going to Settings/PrintWhatYouLike. You”ll find that you can customize the look and display easily. Advanced users can also customize the way their blog is formatted for printing.
this is another feature rich plugin. Not only can you save the file to your computer, google drive, dropbox or kindle but you can also save a pdf, print or email it. Two things I really like about this plugin is that not only can you edit the article to keep the bits you most want to remember but you can also append a logo to the clean print output file so your branding stays with the user. So many choices for visitors …
Genesis PrintStyle Plus
For use with the Genesis theme framework only.
Simple to use plugin with basic features. Although the plugin works perfectly you can’t help thinking that compared to some of its stable mates it’s a bit lacking. The two areas that I feel could do with improvement are some default icons and the ability to easily add your own icon as well as more control over the positioning of the icon/text.
There are quite a few other printing style plugins that I also tested – sadly they didn’t work 🙁 Hopefully, developers will release new versions in the future.