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Print-Pro-Matic Lazy-load Image Test

By default, WordPress will add loading=”lazy” to all img tags that have width and height attributes present. Normally this is desired. However, if a page has many images and is to be printed, often times images further down the page have not yet loaded, leaving large spaces as placeholders for when the user finally scrolls down that far and the image loads. Good for the web, bad for a PDF.

Print-Pro matic now offers the option to selectively turn-off this default loading="lazy" attribute for images for the entire site.

Below is a series of images with width and height defined. By default lazy-load should be enabled, but with the option turned on, the lazy-load is disabled, allowing the images to fully load on the page in preparation for printing.

The New Print View Method

The more advanced method is by using a custom print_view variable that turns off the lazy-load only when the print is triggered. To accomplish this, first add the following to the child-theme’s function.php file: (note, this is no longer required as of version 2.1.2)

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

function print_with_no_lazy_load() {
    if ( get_query_var( 'print_view' ) ) {
        return false;
	return true;
add_filter( 'wp_lazy_loading_enabled', 'print_with_no_lazy_load' );

Next we add the print-me shortcode with a unique ID and url using the %print_view% placeholder:

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

Ad of version 2.1.2 there is a new option to add the print_view query var from the plugin options page–so no need to manually add this to the child-theme’s function.php file. This option will also add the print_with_no_lazy_load function. Version 2.1.2 also added a url_target attribute to allow the print version to load in the same tab:

[print-me id="monkey" url="%print_view%" url_target="_self"/]
One, this is the loneliest number, according to some guys from Liverpool living in Hamburg in the late 60’s
Two is pretty bad to, it is often known as the loneliest number since the number one.
Three, oh it’s a Magic number. Just let Blind Melon sing you a song about it – Schoolhouse rock style.
Hollywood Hackers from the 90’s used 4 rather than the letter A, because… cyber?
Number Five is Alive!
“I see dead people”
A donkey in space?
A donkey in space!
Space Donkey!

Print-Pro-Matic Print External URL

This is a test to see if print-pro-matic can print an external URL:

[print-me url="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vSC6kmo4lmXRBc7QHMmg_s2Dq4LBg0FHclszFjAhCW_wYo814nBWM_mQhAryRayPNdQJLCXw0gNVbPo/pubhtml"/]

There will be an issue with cross domain origin, however a url on the same domain can be printed:

[print-me url="https://spacedonkey.de/donkey/donkey-in-a-bucket/"/]

Print-O-Matic External Print Trigger – Target by Class

As of print-o-matic version 2.0.1 the ability to use class to target a print element in external print triggers has been added. Basically it works the same as using the data-print_target attribute but instead uses a unique classname in the format of printtarget-<target_id>.

Step 1

Create a target element. The element below is a div with an id of ‘my_print_target’:

<div id="my_print_target">This is the print target wrapped in a div with an element of 'my_print_target' as explained above</div>
This is the print target wrapped in a div with an element of ‘my_print_target’ as explained above

Step 2

Add an external trigger using the new class-trigger method. We’ll use a simple button like so:

<button id="my_print_button" class="printomatic printtarget-#my_print_target">Print Trigger</button>

Step 3

Like in the original example, we need to add the hidden print trigger using a print-me shortcode with the same id as our external trigger and a printstyle=”external” attribute: 

[print-me id="my_print_button" printstyle="external"/]

Print-Pro-Matic Optional No-Print

In this example, the option to include a specific element is provide by using a checkbox. This feature was introduced in Print-Pro-Matic version 2.0-beta-210121

The default print target will be the article element. The image of the donkey has been assigned a class of ‘logo’. Now we need to create our print trigger and a checkbox:

[print-me title="Print Trigger"/]

<label><input type="checkbox" id="ppm_odnp" value=".logo">Donkey Free Print</label>

The checkbox must have an ID of ppm_odnp (because print-pro-matic optional do not print is a bit long). The value is the optional do not print selector, so .logo is for items with a class of ‘logo’, while #logo is an item with an id of ‘logo’.

Here is a working demonstration.

Print Trigger

Print-Pro-Matic Placeholder Attribute

The placeholder attribute is used to add the print-me data to the page when print trigger and target will be added dynamically, for example: via AJAX or a Modal Window.

[print-me target="#print_me" placeholder="true"/]

This will not add the trigger to the page, just the targeting info for when the trigger is later displayed.

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 a) define a unique ID for the print trigger and b) tell print-pro-matic to use the current page with the print_view query variable tacked on the url. Do this by setting 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' ) );
            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:

if( empty($print_view) ){
//print only