We have already shown you how to easily convert any website to PDF. But why would you even do this?
Tutorial: How To Convert URLs To PDF
In this article, you will learn why converting websites, blog articles and more online content to PDF might not only be useful, but actually necessary.
Why You Should Turn A Website To PDF
1. Offline Reading
Websites are, as the name suggests, stored on the web. This means that you have to be online in order to access them.
With PDF, this is not necessary. PDF files are stored locally and can thus be carried around and opened without wi-fi or using your phone’s data. That way, you can read Wikipedia articles or your RSS feed on
- your way to work
- the plane
and so on.
Many phones already have a PDF viewing app installed by default. If not, they are free to download in the app stores of Android and apple. Furthermore, PDF documents are supported by any e-book reader. Thus, you can easily read the documents on the device you prefer.
2. Printer Optimization
PDF documents have one big advantage over other documents: they retain formatting over all devices, platforms and programs/apps you open them in.
This is especially important if you plan on printing online information. The majority of things are, nowadays, processed with or on a computer. Still, many people prefer to have something physical to work with. On paper, it’s easier to quickly add notes or highlight passages that are of importance.
Printing a website directly can cause several issues. Most computer screens are in so-called landscape mode, which means they are more wide than high. Sometimes, when printing a website, this can cause the content of one page to be weirdly printed on two pieces of paper you would have to piece together. PDF documents, on the other hand, are optimized for printing, which makes this a lot easier and spares resources.
Some information stays on the internet forever. Yet, websites can be taken down and the information seemingly gets lost. Likewise, links can expire when the content is moved or the domain of the website changes.
This makes it very difficult to save online information in archive form in one way or the other. Thus, instead of bookmarks, collecting vital information in the PDF format can save them for later usage. You can save them both online in a cloud storage or on your (external) hard drive.
4. Battery Saving
Many things we used books for in the past have now been replaced by online resources. Encyclopedias, gaming walk-throughs, recipes… Everything is available online and accessible for everyone. Thus, while cooking, gaming or studying, you can have your phone, tablet or laptop nearby to check every once and again.
However, this is draining your device’s battery. Websites need loading, especially when they are image or ad heavy. This is not the case with PDF. All information you need is stored at once and you simply have to open the document to have them all present and loaded once.
5. Further Editing
Most websites and blogs are done by someone else with strips you of the possibility to edit them in any way. Even websites you can edit, like Wikipedia, are strictly monitored.
PDFs, on the other hand, can be edited further if you have the right tools. Rotating pages, changing the file size, merging different PDFs (websites or articles) into one or even editing the page itself are no problem. For example, you could white out images or parts you don’t need (header, navigation, etc.) to be a bit easier on your printer’s ink or get rid of distraction while reading.
And, of course, you can always convert the PDF to Microsoft Word (with OCR enabled) to use the text or parts of it directly.