How to Add Custom Fonts in WordPress

Do you want to add custom fonts in WordPress? Custom fonts can help you freshen up your theme and stand out. In this article, we will show you how to add custom fonts in WordPress using Google Fonts, TypeKit, and CSS3 @Font-Face method. Using custom… Read More »

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Do you want to add custom fonts in WordPress? Custom fonts can help you freshen up your theme and stand out. In this article, we will show you how to add custom fonts in WordPress using Google Fonts, TypeKit, and CSS3 @Font-Face method.

Using custom fonts in WordPress themes has become a common trend. In fact, there are some themes that come fully loaded with hundreds of custom fonts. However loading too many fonts can slow down your website. That’s why we are going to show you how to properly load custom fonts, so it doesn’t slow down your site.

But before we look at how to add custom fonts in WordPress, let’s take a look at finding custom fonts.

How to Find Custom Fonts to Use in WordPress

Custom Fonts in WordPress

Fonts used to be expensive, but not any more. There are many places to find great free web fonts such as Google Fonts, Typekit, FontSquirrel, and fonts.com.

If you don’t know how to mix and match fonts, then try Font Pair. It helps designers pair beautiful Google fonts together.

As you are picking your fonts, remember that using too many custom fonts will slow down your website. This is why you should select two fonts and use them throughout your design. This will also bring consistency to your design.

Adding Custom Fonts in WordPress from Google Fonts

Google Fonts

Google fonts is an awesome free resource to add beautiful typography in your design projects. WordPress users can add custom Google fonts on their websites.

Simply visit the Google fonts library and select a font that you want to use. Next, click on the quick use button below the font.

Quick use custom fonts in WordPress from Google fonts

This will take you to another page where you will be asked to choose the styles you want to use. You should only select styles that you think you will actually use.

After that scroll down a little until you get to the embed code section. You need to copy the embed code under the standard tab and paste it in your theme or child theme’s header.php file right after <head> tag.

Google fonts embed code

That’s all you have successfully added a custom Google font in your WordPress site.

You can use this font in your theme’s stylesheet like this:

.h1 site-title { 
font-family: 'Open Sans', Arial, sans-serif; 
}

For more detailed instructions see our guide on how to add Google fonts in WordPress themes.

Adding Custom Fonts in WordPress Using Typekit

TypeKit Fonts

Typekit is another free and premium resource for awesome fonts that you can use in your design projects. They have a paid subscription as well as a limited free subscription plan that you can use.

Simply signup for a Typekit account and create a new kit.

Creating a new fonts kit in Typekit

Next, you need to select a font from Typekit library and add it to your kit. After that get the embed code for your kit and head over to your WordPress site’s admin area.

Now you need to install and activate the Typekit Fonts for WordPress plugin. Upon activation, simply visit Settings » Typekit Fonts and paste the embed code on plugin’s settings page.

Adding Typekit embed code in WordPress

That’s all, you can now use the Typekit font you selected in your WordPress theme’s stylesheet like this:

h1 .site-title { 
font-family: 'modesto-condensed', Arial, sans-serif; 
} 

For more detailed instructions check out our tutorial how to add awesome typography in WordPress using Typekit.

Adding Custom Fonts in WordPress Using CSS3 @font-face

The most direct way of adding custom fonts in WordPress is by adding the fonts using CSS3 @font-face method. This method allows you to use any font that you like on your website.

First thing you need to do is download the font that you like in a web format. If you do not have the web format for your font, then you can convert it using the FontSquirrel Webfont generator.

Once you have the webfont files, you would need to upload it on your web hosting server.

The best place to upload the fonts is inside a new “fonts” folder in your theme or child theme‘s directory.

You can use FTP or File Manager of your cPanel to upload the font.

Once you have uploaded the font, you need to load the font in your theme’s stylesheet using CSS3 @font-face rule like this:

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

Don’t forget to replace the font-family and URL with your own.

After that you can use that font anywhere in your theme’s stylesheet like this:

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

Loading fonts directly using CSS3 @font-face is not always the best solution. If you are using a font from Google Fonts or Typekit, then it is best to serve the font directly from their server for optimal performance.

That’s all, we hope this article helped you add custom fonts in WordPress. You may also want to checkout our guide on how to use icon fonts in WordPress and how to change the font size in WordPress.

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