Having great content is one of the requirements for having a great WordPress website – in other words a successful blog or business. But even the most excellent site with the most engaging content needs an equally great visual attractiveness. Many web builders spend many hours building or selecting a theme that fits their vision or a brand manual.
One thing that often gets overlooked is the font used on the website. When it comes to an advertisement (printed to digital), we tend to scrutinize the font used as much as the imagery and copy. It’s strange not to want that same level of control for your WordPress website. Here are some plugins that can help you do just that.
Google Fonts Typography
This plugin is a great place to start. The Google Fonts Typography plugin is an effortless way to customize your website. It offers the extensive Google Fonts library to use on your WordPress website. The downside is that the plugin doesn’t have great preview options, so you might end up flipping through the extensive Google Fonts library. The plugin also doesn’t offer to upload your own fonts, either. For some, this plugin will be enough, others might need more control.
Custom Adobe Fonts
If you have a particular font that you use from the Adobe Font range, and you want strict control of your appearance, then this plugin might be suitable for your needs. It currently works with specific page builders (mainly Astra, Beaver Builder, and Elementor) and beyond if you don’t mind working in your theme’s CSS yourself. This plugin is excellent for those who already have considerable assets (advertisements, printed assets) that use Adobe Fonts and want to continue the house style online.
This plugin is perfect for those who want to unleash all their creativity and where the standard Google Fonts are just not enough. Fontsy.com is an all-in-one web font management plugin that allows you to import your own fonts or download free and premium fonts from their extensive library. You can find fonts that work together and create quite a unique look. For web builders who want to stand out, Fontsy is a great plugin that will ensure your website will look unique.
There are a currently 2 free font options. It is quick to install, and you can browse the dash and check out a range of fonts.
If you just want to be able to upload your own custom fonts (and don’t need a marketplace type library), then this plugin might be for you. As the Custom Adobe Fonts plugin currently works with Astra, Beaver Builder, and Elementor. This plugin allows you to upload your own custom fonts in multiple formats (WOFF2, WOFF, TTF, SVG, EOT, OTF). Make sure to upload multiple formats to ensure compatibility across browsers and platforms. This plugin is for those who have spent the time to create their own font and want to ensure this is embedded on their website.
If you are looking for a plugin that lets you take control of icons, then consider a plugin like Font Awesome. It provides you with intuitive and easy to use icons to use on your website, without having to jump into the CSS or adjust them in Photoshop or Illustrator. You will have style options, responsive sizing, and even hover effects at your disposal. This plugin is great to add icons that help users understand and navigate your site better, improving the overall site experience.
When creating content, the images that you use are the glue that pulls the whole piece together. It gives the reader a break from the text, and adds more than just colour. The theory behind great fonts is something that every content creator should take into consideration.