Friday, November 25, 2011

Make Your Blog or Website Printer Friendly

Although I might like to see the whole world go paperless, I also know that my blog posts are often printed by readers to give to their colleagues who might not be as tech-savvy as they are. If you are one of those people who has printed a blog post to give to your colleagues, thank you. I appreciate your willingness to share. Today, I made it easier to print blog posts by installing the Print Friendly widget below each blog post.

Print Friendly offers a free widget that you can add to your Blogger or Wordpress blog. With the widget installed, visitors can print an ad-free, sidebar-free version of any blog post. Printing with Print Friendly should save you paper and ink. Clicking the Print Friendly button also gives you the option to download a PDF of each blog post.

Installing the Blogger and WordPress Print Friendly widget is very easy if you follow the directions provided. You can add the widget to blogs and websites hosted on other platforms, but you have to be willing to edit the HTML of your site on your own.

Applications for Education
If you have a classroom blog or website that students often print articles from, consider installing the Print Friendly widget to save your school paper and ink. Print Friendly also offers a browser bookmarklet that will allow you to print an ad-free, sidebar-free version of any webpage even if it doesn't have a printer friendly option built in.