You don’t need thousands of fonts to create a great-looking website. But you do need to make sure that the fonts you use are visible to everyone who visits your website. And that’s where web safe fonts come in.
And if you could find web safe fonts which are a) 100% free to use and b) don’t need to be hosted anywhere else for your visitors to see them, it’d be a homerun for you.
That’s exactly what this post has been written for: we’ll cover the 31 best-looking web safe fonts and show you exactly how to implement them into your WordPress site.
Use the links below to navigate to the section that interests you the most, or jump directly to our list of web safe fonts:
What Fonts are Web Safe?
Including variations, there are over 650,000 different fonts available online. Fonts that are supported by the majority of web browsers and operating systems are considered to be web safe. The operating system automatically includes the font files, so visitors don’t have to download fonts from your servers.
An example is the ubiquitous Arial font that birthed thousands of “spin-offs”.
Are Web Safe Fonts Necessary in 2020?
Sure, the vast majority of users now use Google Chrome, both on mobile and desktop. But that doesn’t mean web safe fonts are a thing of the past.
In fact, supported fonts vary based on the operating systems, including the current version a user has. So if you design a website with a font only supported by the newest version of Windows 10, most users will see something else.
In addition, if you choose to use and host a custom local font, or font hosted by a third party, it can slow down your website. So, switching to web safe fonts can speed up your website. And that’s a great thing. Because nearly 70% of consumers say page speed influences their purchasing decisions.
Are Google Fonts Web Safe?
Google Fonts aren’t inherently supported by your operating system, so by definition, they aren’t web safe fonts. Rather, since Google, a third-party, hosts them, a Google Font is called a web font. Confusing, we know, but the difference is that your browser needs to load a file before it can show Google fonts.
Web safe fonts already have font files ready on the majority of devices. But, don’t worry about the lack of the word safe. Google Fonts are completely safe to use to enhance the design of your website. But, the extra HTTP requests to an outside server could slow down your page loading speed.
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31+ Best Web Safe Fonts
We’ve compiled a list of over thirty different great-looking web safe fonts you can use to design your website.
Let’s jump right into it.
This article was written by Matteo Duò and originally published on Blog – Kinsta Managed WordPress Hosting.