Developer vs. Average User: The Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly Arena

By |2018-05-06T18:33:48+00:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Developer vs. Average User|Tags: , |

Do your visitors want to print your content? Are you thinking about offering a printer-friendly option on your WordPress website?

Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly

Quick Review

The Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly works by integrating the PrintFriendly web application into your WordPress website as a plugin. It allows your site’s visitors to view and print printer-friendly versions of your posts and pages.

For more information about what Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly can do and how you can improve your visitors’ user experience using it, be sure to check out Rafay’s review. Joe Hackman has a great video tutorial on how you can get started with the plugin.

A Developer’s Perspective

If your client wants to add a printer-friendly option to their WordPress website then the best (and easiest) option available to you is the Print, PDF, Email by PrintFriendly plugin. And the plugin also lets users download the content as a PDF or email it without leaving the website. One huge advantage that this plugin brings to the table is that it gives the reader control over the printed version’s text and image size.

The plugin itself is super easy to set up and it lets you customize the front-end button so it fits in with your site’s existing design. You can choose to add the button to your site’s posts, pages, homepage, category pages, and taxonomy pages by default. Though if you wanted to add it to a custom template or specific posts/pages only, you could do that, too.

Pros

  • Lets you add a printer-friendly option to specific posts/pages and templates.
  • Allows users to download PDF versions of your content (with clickable links).

Cons

  • Free version doesn’t work on pages that use JavaScript to display content.

An Average User’s Perspective

As an average user, I’m a huge advocate of the Print, PDF, Email by PrinterFriendly plugin to offer a printer-friendly option through your WordPress website. The plugin works like it’s supposed to and is super easy to configure and set up.

One of the things I like best about the plugin is that it lets me deliver excellent user experience to my site’s visitors. When a user decides to print a document and clicks the print button, the printer options open up in a lightbox i.e. it doesn’t redirect my visitors to a different website or open the printer options in a pop-up window.

Pros

  • Easy to setup.
  • Launches the printer options in a lightbox i.e. without leaving the post/page.
  • Adds clickable links to PDF documents.

Cons

  • No cons whatsoever.

To Sum It Up

If your client wants to make their content printable then you should definitely use the Print, PDF, Email by PrinterFriendly plugin. It’ll let you make WordPress posts/pages and custom templates printer-friendly in a few clicks.

And if you’re an average user who wants to make their posts and pages printer-friendly, you should try out the Print, PDF, Email by PrinterFriendly plugin on your site. It’ll let you deliver a good user experience to your site’s visitors and help keep them on your site.

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