Published on February 20th, 2013 | by Anthonys0
Understanding the importance of printing technology as a means of effective communication
Better to print then read online
As the Web-page becomes highly complex with the ads, images, as well as links everywhere, it become tougher to be read by people. Most of the monitors cause a lot of eye-strain and thus people go for a print out of the Web-pages. Most Web designers consider that if the Web-pages redesigned for Web then it should be read on the Web. But sometimes the Web-pages become difficult to be read online. This is either due to the flashing-blinking images and ads, or as they are lengthy and it would be easier to be read in print. Moreover, it’s still not possible for people to take your Web-browser to your bathtub along with you, and especially to fall asleep in the bed with the computer is very uncomfortable.
Making Printer-Friendly Page
There are a few disagreements concerning how the printer-friendly page is to be written. Most people think that just the content of the article and its title is to be incorporated in the page. Others just eliminate the top as well as side navigations or just replace them by text-links. Some of the sites eliminate the all the advertisement, other sites eliminate a few advertisements, whereas some leave all the advertisements as they are.
Advise for your Print-Friendly Page
These are the following few tips for your print-friendly page:
Black text on white background:
Printer-friendly page ought to have a black text with a white color background.
Change the font to a serif face:
Most of the Web-pages are usually written in the sans-serif font as it is easy to be read online. But after printing the page the serif fonts are usually easy to read.
Watch font size:
If you write the Web-page with small font-size of about 11px or even smaller then you definitely need to increase the size of the font for printing. A text-size of 12pt or even larger is better.
Underline all the links:
As links cannot be clicked on printer-friendly pages, so by making it clear that it is a link will surely clarify page information. Changing color of the link to being blue is recommended for a color printer.
Eliminate non-essential images:
Images should be limited to images that are actually necessary for an article.
Side-navigation and advertising makes the page complicated to be printed. By removing Side-navigation and advertising there would be enough room for the text thus by making the text easier to be read after printing.
These make the web-page complicated to be printed.
With such simple strategy, you can easily create a printer-friendly page intended for the site to make the customers happy.
Implementation of the Print-Friendly Solution
You can use the CSS media-types to create a print-friendly web-page. It’s likely to write the script that can convert the Web-page to a print-friendly web-page. But why to use it when you could write second style-sheet for the page when it’s printed.
Creating a Printer-friendly edition of the “Word-press post”
It would be beneficial if you put a “Print the Post” button in the Word-press post. The major reason for doing so is to make it easier for the readers. Many readers print whatever is read by them online and by printing the logo as well as the themes along with the post is a waste of ink. Providentially the Word-Press print plug-in would make it really easier. Thus this would automatically generate an actual edition of printer-friendly web post.
Adding a Printer-friendly edition of the “Word-press Posts”
The various steps involved in adding a Printer-friendly edition of the “Word-press Posts” are as follows:
Download the most recent edition of the “Word-press Print”.
Extract all the contents in the file on the desktop. The folder would obviously be called “word-press Print”.
You can now login to the site’s files by means of the FTP (file Transfer Protocol) and then find the way to the plug-ins.
Upload your “word-press print” file to the plug-ins.
Go to your wp-admin >>Plug-in then click on “Activate” button under the “Word-Press Print”.
This article has been provided by James Stewart, who’s a freelance writer and loves to write about Computer Hardware and other similar topics such as Poster Printer. He has done a detailed research on the topic while writing the post.