By posting handouts here, I won't have to worry about distributing papers in class. The information students need will always be at their finger tips.
I might make the handout available for download. Or I might scan the handout and place it here so students don't have to go any further than their favorite class web site.
If a handout is available online (e.g., a newspaper article) I might include the appropriate link to the information students need on this page.