Bet you haven’t really thought much about what font to use for your website.
Most people will default to something generic. Almost like defaulting to that old comfortable pair of shoes.
But choosing the wrong font for your website design is like wearing sandals in a snow storm. It isn’t functional and it can really hurt your chances for survival.
Choosing the Right Font Matters — A LOT
You may not realize it, but your font does a LOT of the heavy lifting in communicating your brand.
Want to show people your business is creative? Choose something down-to-earth for your sub-headings like Mansalva
Or, stay solid and traditional with Montserrat
I’m just about to make it easier for you.
Just stick with Google Fonts.
What is Google Fonts
Google fonts are web fonts. That means that they will look exactly the same on all computers and this will make sure that your website design looks exactly as you intended it to look.
Why Should I Use Google Fonts?
There are three big reasons to use Google Fonts. They are consistent, free and can be a bit faster than the alternatives.
Google Fonts are Consistent Across All Devices
The number one reason to choose a Google Font is that it will look the same across every device.
You may not have realized that fonts are actually FILES that you download onto your computer. So if you choose a custom font and download it onto your computer. YOU will see it correctly, but your audience will NOT.
This is a problem.
Google Fonts live on a cloud server.
When you use a Google Font, there is code in your website that goes up to the server and pulls down exactly the font you specified.
This is how you maintain a consistent brand and look across all of your marketing assets.
Google Fonts are Free
Who doesn’t like free? But like most things Google, you’re not sacrificing quality for price.
Google fonts are licensed as open sourced. That means that you can use them for both commercial and personal use without paying a licensing fee.
Google Fonts are “Faster”
The font style you choose can really slow down your site. While there are other web fonts out there, Google Fonts libraries are just a bit “lighter” and will download a tad bit faster.
How to Combine and Pair Google Fonts
Choosing the right fonts for headers, sub-headers and body is called font-pairing. A good font-pairing will make your site easy to read on any size screen.
You don’t have to be a designer to pair Google fonts. There is a website for that. Check out FontPair. All you have to do is scroll through some of their featured pairings or click around until you see a pairing that best communicates your brand.
You can never go wrong with a traditional serif/sans serif combination like this:
How to use Google Fonts
To access Google fonts, head on over to https://fonts.google.com/
If you already know which fonts you’d like, just search for them in the toolbar
You can select as many fonts as you like. After you click on the “+” those fonts will be added to a “cart” at the bottom of the screen.
Now, you are ready to add these fonts to your computer.
There are two ways to do that.
You can upload the files to your “fonts” folder. Or, use Skyfonts. Skyfonts will download all the fonts to your machine and synchronize them from your computer to the cloud.
So click on “Use Skyfonts”. Download it to your system and the rest is automatic.
Your system will need a few minutes to synchronize with SkyFonts. So if you don’t see your fonts immediately don’t worry.
Don’t ignore the power of using fonts to communicate your brand. Check out Google Fonts and create a font pairing that will show your customers what your brand is all about.