Custom Print Templates for Print-Pro-Matic

Note: This post assumes a basic understanding of WordPress templates and that a child-theme is being used.

To create a custom print template we first need to define a query var to trigger the template.
Add the following to the child-theme’s function.php file:

function printpromatic_query_var( $vars ) {
	$vars[] = 'print_view';
	return $vars;
}
add_filter( 'query_vars', 'printpromatic_query_var' );

Now WordPress will look for something like /?print_view=true at the end of any url.

Next step is to tell print-pro-matic to use the current page with the print_view query variable tacked on the back as the target url. Simply set the url attribute using the %print_view% placeholder as its value:

[print-me id="some_id" url="%print_view%"/]

Finally we need to check for this print_view query var and either a) use a custom print-only template file or b) modify the current page template to switch to a print-only view.

Redirect to Print-Only Template

If a print-only template exists simply redirect to this template file by adding the following code to the child-theme’s function.php file:

function printpro_print_template($original_template) {
    if ( get_query_var( 'print_view' ) ) {
		$new_template = locate_template( array( 'print-template.php' ) );
        return $new_template;
    }
	return $original_template;
}
add_filter( 'template_include', 'printpro_print_template' );

This could be expanded further to support multiple print-only templates based on a value passed to print_view:

[print-me id="monkey_id" url="%print_view=monkey%" title="print monkey"/]
[print-me id="donkey_id" url="%print_view=donkey%" title="print donkey"/]
print monkey
print donkey

This would require that our function be modified to use the correct print template based on the print_view query var:

function printpro_print_template($original_template) {
    $print_view = get_query_var( 'print_view' );
    if ( !empty( $print_view ) ) {
        if($print_view == 'monkey'){
            $new_template = locate_template( array( 'print-template-monkey.php' ) );
        }
        else if ( get_query_var( 'print_view' ) == 'donkey' ){
	    $new_template = locate_template( array( 'print-template-donkey.php' ) );
        }
        if(!empty($new_template)){
            return $new_template;
        }
    }
    return $original_template;
}
add_filter( 'template_include', 'printpro_print_template' );

Modify the Existing Template

This method involves modifying the current page template to change what it displays based on the presence of the print_view query var.

In the page template being used, we need to check if the query_var is present:

$print_view = get_query_var( 'print_view' );

Now we need to simply wrap the existing template elements in an if statement:

//normal
if( empty($print_view) ){
   ...
}
//print only
else{
   ...
}