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How to Add Custom Fonts to WordPress

How to Add Custom Fonts to WordPress

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Are you tired of using the same old default fonts on your WordPress website? Let’s spice things up and add custom fonts to your site!

Think about it: your website is like your online home or virtual store. Shouldn’t it reflect your brand’s personality in every detail? 

That’s where custom fonts come in. They’re like the secret ingredient that turns your website from average to amazing.

But, adding custom fonts to WordPress can feel overwhelming. Don’t worry; we’re here to help!

In this post, we’ll guide you through how to add custom fonts to your WordPress website.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in and get started!

1 Why Custom Fonts Matter for WordPress Websites

The importance of custom fonts for WordPress websites cannot be overstated. Custom fonts help to create a unique brand identity for your website and improve the overall design aesthetics. 

When you use custom fonts, you can choose the font that best matches your website’s niche and audience, making it more appealing to them. By using custom fonts, you also improve the readability of your content, making it easier for your visitors to engage with your message. 

Custom fonts also help to set your website apart from others. They give your website a distinctive look and feel, making it more memorable for your visitors. 

But where can you find these custom fonts? Let’s discuss this in the next section.

2 Where to Find Custom Fonts for WordPress

Adding custom fonts to WordPress can be challenging, especially when you have to find the right fonts for your website. Fortunately, there are resources available to help you find the right font for your site.

A great starting point is Google Fonts, which offers a vast library of free fonts optimized for web use. You can easily search for fonts based on category, language, popularity, etc. 

Another option is Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit), which provides high-quality fonts that seamlessly integrate with WordPress. Note that Adobe Fonts requires a Creative Cloud subscription to download it.

However, before using any fonts, check the licensing terms to ensure legal usage on your website.

Once you’ve selected the right fonts, you can add them to your WordPress site by uploading the font files, defining the font in your CSS stylesheet, and applying it to the desired elements on your website. 

There are two ways to do this: using a plugin or manually adding the code to your theme.

Before adding custom fonts to your website, check if your WordPress theme has built-in Google fonts and the ability to upload custom fonts such as Adobe fonts. If not, you can proceed with adding custom fonts to WordPress.

3 How to Add Custom Fonts in WordPress Using Plugins

You can use the Custom Fonts plugin to add custom fonts to your WordPress site.

It’s free to use and has no limitations. It is compatible with any WordPress theme and page builder, such as Elementor.

With this plugin, you can add any font to your website, whether from Google or local fonts from other sources.

3.1 How to Add Google Fonts as Custom Fonts in WordPress

To add Google fonts, you need to install and activate the Custom Fonts plugin.

For more details, refer to our post on how to install WordPress plugins.

After activation, navigate to Appearance → Custom Fonts and click the Add New Font button, as shown below.

Add new custom fonts using plugin

Next, navigate to the Google Fonts tab and click the dropdown menu under the Select Font option. Choose the Google font family you want to use on your website, as shown below.

Select font

The font family you select will be displayed in the Font Preview section. You can adjust the font appearance in px to ensure it matches your preferences perfectly.

Adjust the appearance of the font

To choose a font family, click the Add button next to it. The selected fonts will appear in the Google Fonts section, and the Add button will change to Remove. This simplifies managing the fonts you’ve chosen for your website.

Added font

And that’s it! You’ve successfully added a Google font to your website.

When using the Custom Fonts plugin, any added or uploaded font gets saved locally on your server. For optimal website performance, only add the fonts you plan to use. It’s suggested to choose at least two different fonts, as loading too many fonts may potentially slow down your website.

Let us now discuss how to upload custom fonts from other sources using this plugin.

3.2 Uploading Custom Fonts to WordPress 

Using the Custom Fonts plugin, you can also upload a custom font from sources like Adobe to your WordPress site.

To do so, navigate to the Local Fonts tab. Specify the font’s name, add a font fallback, and adjust the font display in the Advanced Options section.

Then, proceed by uploading the font you obtained from external sources using the Choose File field.

upload the font

When uploading the font, ensure it is in a browser-supported format, as the plugin accepts the following formats:

  • Open Type Fonts (OTF) is a popular web font compatible with most browsers.
  • True Type Fonts (TTF) are co-developed by Microsoft and Apple and are widely used for Windows and macOS.
  • Web Open Font Format (WOFF) is a recommended web page format by W3C.
  • WOFF 2 has better compression abilities but is not supported by Safari and Internet Explorer and works well with Google Chrome, Firefox, or Opera.

Once you’ve uploaded the font, the preview will be visible in the preview section. You can set the style and height as per your preference.

Upload font

Furthermore, if you wish to add another font simultaneously, you can use the Add Font Variation option.

Once you’re satisfied with the changes made, click on the Save Font button to upload the font to your website.

All the fonts will be added to your site.

Fonts added to the site

To optimize these fonts further, click the settings icon, as shown below.

Enable the Preload Fonts option, enhancing your website’s loading speed by preloading the selected fonts.

Preload fonts

You can set the typography by navigating to Appearance → Customize → Typography from your WordPress dashboard.

4 How to Add Custom Fonts to WordPress Manually

You can add custom fonts to WordPress manually using the @font-face CSS rule.

This method provides greater control over the fonts you integrate and is relatively simple.

Here’s a quick rundown: download the desired fonts, upload them to your WordPress site, and then add them to your website’s CSS file. Let’s break it down step by step.

Begin by downloading the font of your choice to your computer in the supported format from trusted sources. Extract the .zip archive if necessary.

Next, connect to your WordPress site via FTP or a File Manager, and navigate to your theme’s directory (typically found at wp-content/themes/your-active-theme).

Check for the fonts folder within the directory. If it doesn’t exist, create a new folder named “fonts” and upload your font files into this folder.

In the image below, you can see that we have uploaded the Honk font.

Honk font uploaded

Next, locate and edit the style.css file in your theme’s directory to utilize the @font-face rule. Alternatively, you can access it by navigating to Appearance → Theme File Editor from your WordPress dashboard.

Within the style.css section, scroll down and insert the following code to declare the @font-face rule:

@font-face {
    font-family: YourFontName;
    src: url(http://www.yourwebsite.com/wp-content/themes/your-theme/fonts/your-font-file.ttf);
    font-weight: normal;
}

Make sure to modify the font family and URL values to correspond with the font you used.

Add code

Once you’ve added the code, click the Update File button to save your changes.

It’s important to note that the font-face code loads the font every time a visitor visits your website. However, the font is still not applied to any element yet.

You need to edit the same style.css file to assign the font for a specific element. For example, the following code would apply the ‘Honk’ font to your website’s title:

h1.site-title {
  font-family: "Honk-Regular", Arial, sans-serif;
}

This code specifies the font family for the ‘h1’ element with the class ‘site-title’. It is setting the font to “Honk-Regular” first, followed by Arial, and finally, sans-serif as a fallback option. 

This means that if “Honk-Regular” is not available to the user’s device or browser, it will try to use Arial instead, and if that’s not available either, it will default to the generic sans-serif font family.
“Honk-Regular” is a specific font style or typeface of the “Honk” font used in this article.

5 Conclusion

Enhancing the visual appeal of your WordPress website through custom fonts is an accessible and creative process.

Whether using the built-in options within your theme settings or plugins, the flexibility offered by platforms like Google Fonts and other reputable font repositories allows you to build your site’s typography to align with your brand or design preferences.

Remember to consider performance and licensing aspects while selecting and implementing custom fonts to ensure optimal website functionality.

With the right approach, custom fonts can be a powerful tool in making your WordPress site stand out and leave a lasting impression on visitors.

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