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How to Add Top WordPress Google Fonts Manually & With Plugin

Farhan Ayub — November 13, 2019 9 Minutes Read
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Let’s learn how to add Google fonts in WordPress.

Your website’s design plays an integral part in delivering a great user experience to your visitors. And while there are many ways to give your design a great look, we’re going to focus on fonts!

Fonts play a crucial role in your site’s design and choosing the right one is crucial. In fact, if you choose a good font that fits your site’s personality, it can have a real-time effect on your sites bounce rate and conversion rate because a neat text presentation provides an engaging experience to your web visitors and helps you to boost user engagement.

I am going to show you how you can easily add Google fonts to your WordPress site in two easy methods; Adding Google fonts to WordPress manually & with a plugin.

But before embarking on the installation process, I would like to share some fundamental knowledge about Google’s official fonts in case you’re familiar with them.

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About Google Fonts

Google officially launched its fonts in 2010 as Google Web Fonts, is a library of free licensed fonts that provides an interactive web directory of fonts for users to use on their websites. All the fonts are available and free to use.

So why use Google Fonts for your website? Well, there are a few reasons:

Benefits of using Google Fonts:

  • They’re free to use even for commercial purposes.
  • They’re pre-hosted and all resources are served from Google server.
  • Google Fonts are easy to use. Just embed the script code in your website or use a plugin (for WordPress).
  • They’re downloadable and can be uploaded on your localhost.

Now I’ll show you how to add Google font to your WordPress site.

  1. How to Add WordPress Google Fonts Manually
  2. How to Add Google Fonts WordPress With a Plugin

There are three ways to add Google Fonts to your WordPress manually, and I’ll cover them as well.

Now, let’s get started!

How to Add WordPress Google Fonts Manually

Adding Google font manually can be a little technical and involves a bit of code, so if you aren’t familiar with coding, I would suggest that you skip this method and go how to add Google font on your WordPress website using a plugin directly.

Step 1: Find the Best Google Font For Your Site

First, go to the Google fonts website and choose a font for your website that you want on your WordPress site.

Find Google Fonts

You can use the search bar if you already know which font you are looking for. Also, you can be selective by filtering it fonts category, language and font properties to get exactly what you’re looking for.

List of Google fonts

Google provides a quick preview feature lets you preview the fonts you want to choose. You just need to click on the font field then mark the text and type anything to check the display.

I will use Montserrat font in this tutorial and will show you how to use and add this Google font to your WordPress.

Step 2: Selecting & Adding Google Font

Since I’m going with Montserrat, I am going to select the font by clicking on the plus sign (+) as shown in the below image.

Select and add Google font

When you click on the “plus sign” of any font, a bar will appear on the bottom of your screen (as shown below) showing the number of font family that you may have selected for your site. It basically acts as a shopping cart and you can add several fonts if you wish to.

google Family font Selected

Step 3: Choose Style and Customize the Font

When you open the selected family tab, you will find two options: EMBED & CUSTOMIZE. You need to open the customize option and select the font styles (size, bold, italic, etc.) and languages.

You can select the different font styles which you want to add by just ticking the checkboxes. You can see in the picture below, I selected the “regular 400” and “light 300 italic” style.

Choosing Font Style

Note: Load time shows or indicates the time it takes to load on your site page.

Make sure that you only select the styles that you need, because the more styles you select, the higher the load time will be.

google family font setting

Step 4: Adding the Google Font to Your WordPress Site

Now it’s time to add the Google Font to your WordPress site. For this, click on Embed and you’ll see the script code for your selected fonts as shown in the image below.

embed font

From here on, there are three ways to add the selected font to your site:

  1. Adding Google Fonts — The WordPress Way
  2. Embedding Google Fonts Code to Header.php
  3. Adding Google Font via Import

 

A. Adding Google Fonts — The WordPress Way

This one is a WordPress recommended method of adding Google Fonts to your WordPress site. Go back to the Embed tab in Google Fonts and copy the URL (not the whole script as shown in the image below) of your Google font. In my case, the URL is  https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Montserrat:300i,400&display=swap.

google font api

Now you need to add code in your function.php file. If you are working on the localhost then it will be in your theme folder. In my case it’s in Disk > Xampp > htdocs > wordpress > wp-content > themes > twenty nineteen.

theme functions

If you’re working on a live site or in any hosting platform then you need to access it by using any FTP client. Again, in my case, it’s in:
Applications > MyDB > public_html > wp-content > themes > twentynineteenfunctions.php font settingNext, open your functions.php file and add this code to it:

Note: Don’t forget to change the URL link with your own.

Now Save the file because you’ve successfully added the Google font to your WordPress website via the WordPress recommended method.

B. Embedding Google Fonts Code to header.php

In this method, you can add Google font by simply copying the code that you have on your Embed tab and adding it to the header.php file of your theme.

You’ll find this file in your theme folder:
Disk > Xampp > htdocs > wordpress > wp-content > themes > twentynineteen.

Embedding Google Fonts Code to header.php

Now, Open the header.php file and add the following code in it:

Note: Add this code inside the <head> section.

Just click on save and you’re now done with the embedding process!

C. Adding Google Font via Import

If you don’t want to load the fonts on your server and instead you want to call it from somewhere else, you can use this method. The easiest way to add Google font on WordPress, in this case, is to load them inside the stylesheet. Google provides an easy solution where you need to just click on Import to find the CSS script:

Adding Google Font via Import

Now you need to copy the script without the <style> brackets and add this at the head of your theme’s stylesheet. Congrats! You are done with this process, but keep in mind that even though it seems like an easy way to add Google fonts to your WordPress site, it can affect your site’s performance by increasing the load time of your page.

Adding Google Fonts to WordPress With Plugin

Another way to add Google font to WordPress is through a plugin and it’s easier compared to the manual approach.

There are several plugins that can help you add fonts, but for this tutorial, I’ll use the Easy Google Font plugin.

Step 1: Install Easy Google Fonts Plugin

To install this plugin you need to visit your Dashboard and go to Plugins > Add New and type Easy Google Fonts in the search bar, click on install and activate it.

easy google fonts wordpress plugin

Step 2: Using different Google Fonts

After the plugin is installed, you will see a new Typography tab added to WordPress customizer. To check out typography, go to Appearance > Customize as shown in the below image.

font customization

At first, we have default typography settings on our site, i.e., our active theme fonts. But now you can control the typography on your site by selecting and assigning any font for any attribute.

font typography

Let’s take a look at the font customization feature and how it works. For example, click on the Paragraphs menu and you’ll see the various style options for paragraphs in style tab like Scripts, Font Family, Font Weight, etc.

You can select any Script, choose any Font family, and select the Font Weight you like.

font style changing

You can also change the paragraph appearance by simply changing its color, background, font size and much more.

changing font color

Also, you can play with the positioning as shown in the image below.

font position setting

When you’re done, just save the changes and the changes will appear on your site.

Best Google Fonts For WordPress Site

Choosing the best Google Font for your WordPress site isn’t easy. After all, there are so many options out there, it can easily get really confusing. Hence, I’ve highlighted 7 of the best Google fonts for WordPress based on factors like readability, popularity, purpose and many more.

Let’s take a look at them.

  1. Roboto

roboto font

Roboto is one of the most popular and widely used fonts for android and web applications.

  1. Lora

Lora font

Lora is a popular font family due to its readability and variants

  1. Montserrat

Montserrat font

Montserrat captures the beauty of urban typography and is another really popular font.

  1. Lato

Lato font

Lato is a widely used font family and gives any site a professional look.

  1. Open sans

Open sans font

Open Sans is a humanist sans serif typeface and which has a friendly appearance and is easy to read.

  1. PT Serif

PT Serif font

Another widely used font family which is more popular for web and print documents.

  1. Rubik

Rubik font

Rubik is another widely used font-family due to its clean and clear outlook.

These Google Fonts are highly popular fonts and if selecting from the huge library is confusing you, just select one from above and you’ll be good!

Conclusion

Custom typography and design makes your site more attractive and unique and it also helps boost user engagement. As you saw in the tutorial above, there are multiple ways to add Google fonts to your WordPress. You can do it manually using three different methods, or you can do it using a plugin.

If you’re still wondering how what font and colors to choose for your website, here’s an article that will relieve you of some confusion: How to choose the best design and colors.

If you find the tutorial useful, don’t forget to share it in your circle. And of course, if you need a guide on anything related to WordPress, just comment below or you can email me at farhan@wpblog.com.

 

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Farhan is a community manager at WPblog. He loves to work with WordPress and has a passion for web development. Mostly, he spends his time interacting with the people in the WordPress community. Apart from his work life, Farhan spends his time gaming and playing sports. Feel free to contact him at Farhan[at]wpblog.com.

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