History of Google Web Fonts on WordPress

history of web fonts

Anyone who has been using the Internet for a few years will remember the bad old days when sites were very limited as to the range of fonts they could use. If fonts weren’t on a user’s system, then they couldn’t be displayed by browsers. If designers wanted to do something fancy, they were limited to using images or Flash, both of which are undesirable for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that having a site’s text in either of those formats is terrible for search engine optimization.

A major part of the evolution of modern web design has been the development of tools that make it much easier to design sites with proper typography. Typography and font selection has an enormous impact on the overall aesthetic of a site, as well as its readability.

In the last few years, web fonts have revolutionized online typography. Web fonts are fonts that are located on servers on the Internet and included in a site through CSS or Javascript. It doesn’t matter whether the user has a font on their system because the browser will download them from the server. Web fonts enormously increase the typographical scope of a WordPress site.

Before we go into the best ways to get web fonts onto your page, a word of warning: just because you can use dozens of fonts, doesn’t mean that you should. Two fonts should be considered a safe maximum for most purposes; perhaps a serif and a sans serif for headers and text. Unless you’re a design whizz (you probably aren’t if you’re reading this) trying to combine too many fonts will lead to a cluttered, inconsistent and untidy looking page. Check out this article from Smashing Magazine for some great advice on combining typefaces for the best effect.

Probably the best free source of web fonts is Google Web Fonts, with over 600 different typefaces to choose from. The interface is very simple to use. You can browse through the available typefaces, seeing what they look like at various sizes and as headlines or blocks of text. When you find something you like, you add it to you collection before reviewing everything you’ve selected. If you’re happy you’ll be given a snippet of HTML (JavaScript) to add to your page and some CSS for your stylesheets.

You can opt to add these directly to your WordPress site if you’re familiar with web development, but it’s far easier to take advantage of one of the many plugins that will do the job for you.

 

WP Web Fonts

This plugin is a little bare bones but it gets the job done. Once you’ve chosen the typeface you want in the Google Web Fonts Interface, copy and paste the code snippets into the WP Web Fonts dialogue, add some CSS styles, and you’re done.

WP Google Fonts

If you’d rather not tangle with CSS then this is the plugin for you. It features a comprehensive control panel with dropdowns for choosing fonts and the ability to pick which HTML elements to apply your choices too.

WordPress CMS: Info, Tips, & History

WordPress CMS Info Tips and History

First released in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little WordPress is now the number one blogging platform. 2020 statistics show that WordPress is now used by more than 455 million websites, which is more than 7x more than 60 million websites in 2014! How reliable is that, right? WordPress started to be well known in 2008 when it made a brand new release to the public. WordPress use to be a general blogging site at first, as people started to understand more and more about WordPress they understood that they can take on a zip file and upload it to their server and WordPress is up and running. WordPress has become so popular now that mostly any hosting company you purchase you’ll find a ‘quick install’ for WordPress. This means that with one click WordPress will automatically start running on the URL which you confirm to do so. So this means no FTP or zip file needed. As WordPress becomes more and more popular things become even easier when it comes to installation and of course customization.

WordPress Interesting Facts 2020

WordPress For Bloggers

WordPress is most recommended for bloggers. It has magnificent SEO and publishing admin dashboard that can’t go wrong. People have started celeb blogs, sports blogs, fashion blogs, make-up blogs, basically anything they like to write about and they make money while writing down their thoughts. This is the new era of 2014 everyone so I hope that you’re all catching along.

WordPress: Themes, Templates, and Websites

Templates, Themes, and Websites mean all the same in WordPress. Though the word sounds simple it can take years for a developer to develop a website that is compatible with all the WordPress scripting and requirements. This is where it gets a bit tricky. Going on ‘WordPress theme markets’ and such you will find a lot of good looking WordPress sites and some may sell in bulk and some may have a new batch of sites every day, but in my view quality is way better than quantity. Judging from my experience most sites that you get for a low price and look really good are usually built by ‘freelancers’ (people that upload themes with little experience and no rules) and these sites are usually very slow or defective. Now what I would look for in a website is something that has the good quality, company built, will sell you a commercial license, and is very appealing to the eye.

WordPress Tips

Some great WordPress tips that I can think of right off the bat :

One category and 5 tags. This is a simple method that works very well in terms of SEO when blogging.

Tags: Don’t use too many. May look really pretty, but don’t use more than 3 on a page.

Keyword Density: I know that you want to rank really badly, but play a little ‘hard to get’ with google. Don’t be so desperate because then they’ll call you spam.

Plugins: Avoid using too many plugins as they can make your server very slow! Fewer plugins = better speed. Keep what you must, what you need, not extra things that don’t do too much work for you.

Here are some interesting facts and statistics about WordPress in 2020:

WordPress is the Top Content Management System

35% of the Internet is Powered by WordPress

WordPress is Available in Over 100 Languages

WordPress Sites Make Up 14.7% of the Top 100 Websites in the World

WordPress Gets 20 Billion Page Views Per Month

There Are 54,000+ Free Plugins for WordPress

Over 30% of All Online Stores Run on WooCommerce