Converting webpages to a portable and useful format can be extremely useful, and one of the easiest solutions is often to create a PDF. The benefit of this is you’re left with a single secure document containing all the necessary files and displaying the webpage exactly as you see it in your browser. There are many useful applications for this, especially for collaborative work which requires sharing designs, notes and other information that can be saved in a PDF.
For many users, a comprehensive piece of software that covers all their PDF needs will be a suitable option to help achieve this. Many leading programs incorporate the ability to download a website’s pages and convert them to PDF format with one click, although this software is usually paid. Sometimes this software may be a download that is installed and run on your own PC, and in other cases you may choose to use a web browser extension or even a fully online tool. As an alternative, a webpage to PDF API, which allows you to save a webpage as PDF or website for offline viewing, may be used by businesses and advanced users who want to incorporate this function into an external platform or a piece of their own software.
With either method, the principles of conversion are similar or identical. Typically, an HTML file is used to display any webpage, and this will include all the necessary information to display elements on the screen correctly. Although it may not contain media files and other resources directly, it will include links and references to these if they are in external locations. When using a specialist PDF conversion tool for a website, all these files will be collected along with the relevant style sheets and other information to reproduce the webpage as it looks to an Internet user, but in the form of a static document.
The end result is a copy of the webpage which may include many of its original functions, including working links, images and other media. A file created by this method offers all the benefits of any other standard PDF, meaning users can add notes, comments, forms and other advanced additions. Usually this is also done in just a few clicks, depending on how you specify the basic details such as where the new file is saved locally. As long as you are able to specify which areas of a webpage you want to save (some tools support partial page PDF creation), any tool like those described above should be an effective solution.