You still might be living with small group of fonts called “Web-safe”. As the name suggests, these are the saved fonts that can be safely used as web elements. But looking at this group, we can’t help but wonder about the other side of the coin – the “Web-unsafe” groups which all the other fonts belong to.
Internet users had to accept whatever font was dictated by the browser. As you never know what fonts your visitors have, so to be safe, web designers just use the most common ones. Thus the term “Web-safe fonts” was coined – the fonts that every web user has in their computer.
The possible solution to this problem is to install the fonts that we want to use somewhere in the cloud and point the design there. While this might be the best alternative today, the method still poses some problems mainly about the access speed and endurance of the server, and also about the copyright issues.
There are already solutions to these problems, for professionals who don’t mind paying for good service from companies like Typekit, Kernest and Typotheque. For everybody else, we have Google. The web giant is kind enough to provide us with Google Font Directory.
If you have a blog and you don’t want it to be just another face in the crowd, you can easily give it a font-lift with the help of Google Font Directory. And if you use the self-hosted WordPress for your blog, everything is so much easier because of a WordPress plug-in called “WP Google Fonts”.
Go to the WordPress plugin menu and click “Add New“. Do a search for the Google Font plugin and WP Google Fonts will be at the top of the list. Click “Install Now” and click “OK” on the pop-up confirmation window.
The plugin will be installed in seconds. Click “Activate Plugin” to start using it.
WP Google Fonts “Control Panel” is located under “Settings – Google Fonts” on the WordPress sidebar menu.
Using and managing Google Fonts Directory with this plugin is very easy. The basic usage doesn’t require you to mess around with codes, HTML or CSS. All you need to do is select the font that you want to use and determine which web elements you want to assign the font to.