In order for fonts on websites to display properly on a visitors browser, the font needs to be either INSTALLED on their computer or mobile device (we call these web safe fonts), OR it needs to be HOSTED on a web server (either the websites’ own hosting server or a 3rd party server like Google Fonts offer).
Web Safe Fonts
Web-safe fonts are fonts that are pre-installed on the majority of computer operating systems and mobile devices. There is a limited choice of Sans-Serif, Serif, and other fonts, although Sans-Serif fonts are by far the most popular with Arial being the primary choice for most websites.
Free Hosted Fonts
Google Fonts is an online library of 850+ free to use hosted fonts that can be used on any website by simply referencing the font family on Googles’ servers.
Adobe Typekit offers 950+ free fonts for the web under its FREE plan, so long as they are used on 1 website with a maximum of 2 font families used, and a maximum of 25,000 pageviews per month. See https://typekit.com/plans for more information or click the button below to view the free fonts.
Free Self-Hosted Fonts
Free fonts can be downloaded from sites like fontsquirrel.com and then uploaded to your own web hosting to use on your websites.
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Buying Licensed Fonts
Most commercial fonts have usage restrictions and you will need a license to use them on your website. Three of the most popular sites for buying fonts are:
MyFonts is the #1 place to buy and download licensed @font-face web fonts and desktop fonts. For more information about web font licensing visit https://www.myfonts.com/licensing/webfont or click the button below to see fonts available and perform a font search.
Adobe Typekit has paid plans from just $49.99 per year with access to 7500+ fonts for the web to use on unlimited websites. See https://typekit.com/plans for more information or click the button below to view their full font library.
Fonts.con has paid plans from just $9.99 per month with access to 2200+ fonts for the web to use on unlimited websites. See https://www.fonts.com/unlimited for more information or click the button below to view their full font library.