Refine Your Blog’s Voice with New Fonts

Using the perfect font gives your blog personality — and just might be the design element that inspires you to find your own voice. We’ve added a bunch of terrific new fonts for users of our Custom Design upgrade from our partners at Typekit.

Infuse some retro-future attitude in your headlines with Brandon Grotesque Medium, or make your text effortlessly elegant with the incomparable Chapparal Pro:

brandon-and-chapparal

Or, you might want to try the sophistication of LTC Bodoni 175 Italic paired with the pleasantly readable Open Sans—our most-requested font—for your body text.

ltc-bodoni-and-open-sans

Several of our new families have weights beyond the usual, letting you reach new heights of unified expressiveness. Jubilat Light for your headlines pairs perfectly with Jubilat Regular for your text:

jubilat

Or, you might go for something more modern and fun! Behold the rounded Omnes Pro Black in this bold headline, and Source Sans Pro performing admirably in the text:

omnes-and-source-sans

As the saying goes, “In with the new; out with the old!” In order to make room for these beautiful new fonts, we’ve retired some of our older, less used fonts. If your currently chosen font didn’t make the cut, breathe easy: it will continue to work just fine.

The examples above show the expressiveness of just a few font pairings in a single theme. We’re really excited to see what you can do with the power of beautiful, well-crafted fonts—old and new—across over 200 beautiful themes.


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  1. terriblychic

    oh God thanks! Can’t really find the one I am really into so far. Keep them coming! :D

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  2. PiedType

    New fonts! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

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  3. belle.beckford

    OMG, I already spend so much time testing out the various fonts, and now I’ll have more. I’m like a kid in a candy store! :)

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  4. M. R.

    Delighted to learn of new ones – can never have too many fonts. Yesyes, I know: they slow down one’s computer. But in the case of WordPress, they could only possibly slow you down, not me! [grin] Just joking …

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  5. jesh stg

    Calluna is beautiful -the f and g are distinct, yet clear in regular as well as italic. Too bad it’s only for a month. Me thinks that the price per year is too much for a personal blog.

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  6. thekikaymountaineer

    fabulous fonts! I look forward to using one! :D

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  7. John Hayden

    Fonts rule!

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  8. Midwestern Plant Girl

    Finally! :-)

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  9. Russian Universe

    I like the Chapparal one. Reminds me of Castaneda ;-)

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  10. Clare Flourish

    I do not use a custom upgrade, but a line of code:

    style="font-family:Pristina;text-align:center;font-size:30px;color:#ff00ff;"

    The only problem is having to format it myself, finding where the line ends

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    • Matt Wiebe

      Clare, adding inline font-family styles to HTML elements in your post editor will indeed work. :) But, only to an extent. Your technique is only effective if your blog’s readers already have that font installed on their computer. Plus, it would make it really tedious to make a change in the future: you’d have to edit every post. Custom Fonts makes the font available to all your readers, and makes it really easy to change everything in the future with just a couple of clicks!

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  11. Ludwig

    What good are fonts and outstanding layout when the posts are shown in tacky pop-ups? Get rid of this “innovation” in Reader – it is in the way!

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    • Matt Wiebe

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! The Reader is one of our many ongoing projects to make both reading and writing great on WordPress.com on any device. Opening posts in the Reader does mean that readers won’t see your site’s fonts, but it’s also a great way for people to discover your blog in the first place, no matter the device they’re on.

      You can also click on the time at the bottom of a post in the Reader to be taken to their site instead of the popup.

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  12. Socialkenny

    Those fonts are ridiculously bland and I don’t see anything abstract of different to any other standardized font. Not trying to be a critic but expected a bit more abstraction within reason.

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  13. Mad Queen Linda

    How could I not want to use a font with “grotesque” in the name. It simply screams me.

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  14. Niejan

    This comes in really handy. Thanks.

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  15. naivasna

    Alright, yay, fonts! But you would not believe how much it bugs me that, yes, even though I know the point here isn’t the Lion and the Tinman, it truly bugs me that I can’t read the entire story. :)

    It was a great example of fonts, though.

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  16. Intricate Thoughts

    Fonts can be expressed as emotion when typing out your message. Including the right one can effectively set the mood for your audience to interpret your message.

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  17. kiersonfarmnj

    This is great!

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  18. Crash MacDuff

    Fonts are great and I certainly have a tons of them on my dedicated drives, but I prefer using creative fonts in my graphics, not in my pieces. The inclusion of well-designed & relevant graphics go far beyond a simple matter of including fonts in posts. It’s not worth the upgrade.

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  19. Greener Pastures

    Brandon Grotesque Light also has a good feel to it.

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  20. sharon

    awesome!

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