Wait, Google fonts? another Google product? this is what you might be thinking if you haven’t heard about Google Web fonts. Google fonts is one of my favourite service that i have been using for more than a year. Google Fonts allows you to add & use fonts into website and make your site beautiful without any hassle of hosting the font, licencing the font, etc.
Let’s see what Google font’s official about page says:
Google Web Fonts makes it quick and easy for everyone to use web fonts, including professional designers and developers. We believe that everyone should be able to bring quality typography to their web pages and applications.
After i got really excited about Google fonts, i thought what about licensing stuff?. People don’t know what licenses does fonts have and font packs are expensive to purchase for personal use, then i saw the line ‘All of the fonts are Open Source’, i immediately understood the concept behind it and i know that it is going to be huge because i could totally see myself using it.
All of the fonts are Open Source. This means that you are free to share your favourites with friends and colleagues. You can even customize them for your own use, or collaborate with the original designer to improve them. And you can use them in every way you want, privately or commercially — in print, on your computer, or in your websites.
Here are some top plugins that would help you get Google fonts.
The WP Google Fonts plugin allows you to easily add fonts from the Google Font Directory to your WordPress theme.
The WP Google Font plugin makes it even easier to use Google’s free service to add high quality fonts to your WordPress powered site. Not only does this plugin add the necessary Google code, but it also gives you the ability to assign the Google fonts to specific CSS elements of your website from within the WordPress admin. Or if you would rather, you can target the Google fonts from your own theme’s stylesheet.
Fontific allows you to use Google Fonts on your WordPress website.
Fontific gives you a really simple way to use fonts from Google Web Font library on your WordPress-powered website.
To use one of those fantastic fonts, you just need to add a new font rule in Fontific panel(Appearance/Fonts admin menu), specify css selector to which this rule will be applied, setup font settings and save changes you’ve made. That’s it.
This plugin integrate Google WebFonts v2 to your website. Support nearly all of Google Webfonts.
This plugin provides access to google API for fonts to provide access to these fonts on your website.
Simple plugin gets list of fonts available from google fonts via API and can selectively be added to CSS. Check out the Google Web Fonts Manager Plugin for WordPress Video.
With this Google fonts plugin you have more than awesame 90 open source fonts at your disposal! Choose and customize Google fonts directly from your WordPress admin panel!
Enable only font you really want to use! Check text effects examples direcly in your admin panel. Text that use beautiful Google fonts is selectable. For more info and examples of text effects go to the Ultimate Google Fonts‘s page.
Allows you to easily include fonts from the Google WebFonts library.
This plugin provides an easy way to include fonts from Google WebFont API. This plugin does not write CSS for you but call all the fonts selected in the backend page, making them easy for you to use by just changing your CSS file.
Here are some tutorials that will help you add the Google fonts in your site.
Excerpt from the article: Google Web fonts are amazing free resource for web designers. In WPBv4, we have started using a popular Google Font combination: Oswald and Lora. Some of our users have asked us how to add Google Web fonts in WordPress themes. If you remember, we showed how to add Google fonts in WordPress Post Editor. In this article, we will show you how to add Google Web Fonts in your WordPress themes the RIGHT way, optimized for performance.
Excerpt from the article: Gone are the days when the design of your blog was limited to just a few select fonts. There are many new solutions to help you implement just about any font that you desire. This can range from hosting the font on your server, paying for a service, or tying into an API such as Google Web Fonts.
A video tutorial on How To Add Fonts Form Google Font Directory To Your Website
If you are having issues with Google fonts, here are some places that you can get help!
StackOverflow on Google fonts
Css-tricks forum‘ search on Google fonts
WordPress.org forums‘s search on Google fonts
Or you can also join our Website Help forum and get help