Adding fonts to your website has become a far easier process than it used to be from the early days of the web. Back then, due to tech specifications, there were a limited number of fonts that were available for very limited websites.
As technology continues to grow, however, there has been a boom in the number of different types of fonts that are available online. For instance, there are tons of free fonts – Fontsly.com is one place in particular – and there is a massive array of fonts that one can choose from to use on their website like never before.
Yet with the advent of things like HTML5, CSS, XHTML, and other web design services that have allowed for a far better looking and more comprehensive feel, adding font has become a more difficult endeavor.
But it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few easy tips for implementing fonts into your own website.
Inserting font directly into the HTML
The HTML is essentially the bare bones in the structure that is your website. It is what holds the website up, so to speak, where the design code can hang on it.
Back when HTML was really the only way to define the characteristics of your website, it was imperative to change your font styles and types in the HTML coding itself.
Adding a font tag and defining the characteristics (like Helvetica” size = “10”>) would be the way that you defined the type of font that you wanted to use. You could call out a standard font that was commonly used or you could link to a font stored somewhere online. In any event, this was the way to call out your font.
This could be a huge pain but also incredibly versatile. If, for whatever reason, you wanted to implement different fonts into your layout, you could add a number of different tags to define whatever paragraphs you want. Having one HTML font tag could tell you what a paragraph would look like and, if you desired to, you could change each word. That’s how versatile the HTML font tag could be.
But that is a truly archaic way to do it and most web browsers likely won’t even support that kind of outdated method. Now, things are a bit different.
Implementing font changes in your website
The HTML has become a bit outdated and is used fully as a structural method. Where all of the design changes come into play is with the CSS. The CSS lies in the header of the HTML and tells the page what it will look like.
CSS is far more dynamic than HTML and allows for a much wider array of choices to be made in the design aspect. There is no need for dictating this in the font tags of old; now you would do it in the CSS code to declare every bit of your font (colors, size, strength, etc.) by declaring different tags within.
Much like with the HTML of old, you can call out to font files within your directory to find the fonts that you want to use. This allows you to collect a huge array of fonts and implement them within your website seamlessly.
The pain of having to declare a font for each and every paragraph tag in your HTML structure is no more. Because of CSS and the far more advanced HTML5, you can declare these in the CSS code in the header. Within that code, you can quickly and easily declare a universal font type, size, color, etc. without having to re-type the code over and over.
This progression in the way fonts are implemented has added flexibility and convenience to the process of creating a website. It has never been easier to go out and find the right font for your website on the web and to implement it into your design.
Familiarizing yourself with CSS and the way it works within the HTML is important as it is the way to create the visual structure of your website and to get it to look exactly as you’d like.
Customizing your website has never been easier that it is today and making it catch the eye of anyone visiting is just a few clicks away.