Google Fonts are now available on your blog — for free!
Google Fonts: Free Typefaces for Your Site
We’re really happy to announce that we’ve added over 30 free Google Fonts to your Theme Customizer. Even better, you don’t need any upgrades to access them; these fonts are free for everyone.
Go to WordPress.com → Customize to see the new Fonts section in the sidebar. From there you can browse and preview typefaces like Gentium Book Basic, Libre Baskerville, Merriweather, and Ubuntu. When you select a font, you’ll immediately see your site in the preview with that font applied. For most font choices, you can also change the size and style of the text.
We can’t wait to see what you do with the new Google Fonts on your site! If you have suggestions for other typefaces that you’d like us to consider adding, please let us know in the forums or in the comments below!
Hi Payton, you wrote “all the Typekit commercial fonts are still available for those sites with the Custom Design upgrade.” but is this correct because I have an Adobe CC subscription with full access to all Typekit fonts but the ability to use them seems to be prevented – maybe you could clarify? Thanks!
@paytonswick: Well, for texts on main column and side headers, handwriting fonts really is not cool for reading. However, on the Title and description, those fonts would give title and description a more stylish look. I think mainly the sans-serif fonts leave the title and description too formal, lifeless, impersonal. Standard fonts are not pleasant everywhere, but only where we must read. Some places on the Home are to be viewed and tasted, not read.
I hope to find out some more stylish fonts soon. But, for a while, those in the Customizer are good.
I have paid for the custom upgrade so are you now telling me that everyone has access to those fonts without having to upgrade? Also are the Adobe fonts free to use or do you have to pay for those too?
Can you add Tahoma font for RTL language. Thanks.
I’ve found in the past that non-standard fonts will only display correctly on a website if the site visitor’s computer has that font installed. Is that not the case with these fonts?
Wow, thank you so much for this!🙂 It’s great to have so many styles to choose from! Just one problem I had – when you make the Blog title huge or bold, it also happens for all the headings in the text, which is not what I wanted. Is there a possibility to change the size of the blog title independently from the post headings? Tangerine is a lovely font, but it only works in my title when I make it big and bold. But then all my other headings get big and bold too …
Awesome! Can’t wait to experiment
Woooohooooo!!!!! Great news!
This is a wonderful new provision!🙂 I like the Homemade Apple font for titles, as it looks like my own handwriting. Since you have been asking what other handwriting fonts everyone likes, I thought I’d chime in. Also, I love the Special Elite font that looks like it could have come from an old typewriter. I’m not sure if that’s a Google font or not.
So glad this has been implemented. Fonts (and color schemes) are the most problematic elements with some themes. This will go a log way to solving one of those! Just changed templates and instituted custom fonts on our main site. Only 4 more to go!😉
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!
(‘scuse me for shouting!)
In many ways, this is what a cheap bastard like me who won’t go premium has always wanted. That said, I noticed that with my theme (Black Letterhead), adjusting the text fonts to ‘large’ caused the comment font size to increasingly adjust upward from ‘large’ to ‘holy Jupiter.’ This happened with the comments only, and in your test viewer.
Thank you very much.
Yes @Audrey! More handwriting fonts … and I need some grunge for a skateboarding site!
Are these fonts available in self hosted WordPress sites?
Thanks for this gift🙂 That’s great!
There is a little problem : when I want to enlarge at “large” the Titles, the main one is decreased? and the post one is enlarged – If I use “Huge” the main one is re-increased a bit and the post one is really Huge?!
“Little & Tiny” are working correctly – I’m in “Twenty Ten” (and french)
Thanks for your help
Fonts customization? Wonderful!
More choice for everyone is always welcome, thank you!
This change seems to have broken the previously grandfathered Typekit account kit that I’d used on one of my sites since before the introduction of Custom Design on WPcom. FWIW I didn’t find it confusing-I set the kit up once on Typekit and my WPcom site and it was quietly running well since then. Adding my vote to bring it back. TIA
Great feature, thanks.
However, I do have one concern. I gave the new feature a run on my test blog and changed the font/increased the font size. It looks great on my desktop but the font size is still microscopic on my mobile device. (The test blog’s theme is Piano Black, which has a tiny font size as the default.) Any chance there will be an option to let the changes carry over to mobile viewing?
A very good new addtion to the customize feature. I will be pondering which font I might use over the next few days. But what about introducing colour to fonts and body type?
Can you add Devnagri google fonts too?
Wow. Yay! Thank you! This was the customisation I wanted. I love my theme, and this makes it perfect. It is now just as I want it, and I like those fonts; I may ring the changes now and again.
I can’t wait to try😀
Great news! Question please: will any of the new free fonts change the fact that some things in my theme, Suits, are set to only be in capitals? Ie. header title (not using one right now), post titles, menu titles. Or is that a set thing in my theme that isn’t changeable regardless of font used? I do know I could change this by using a different them, but generally otherwise happy with Suits for now at least. Thanks, Marianne
Finally, a much awaited update.
What a great addition and a lovely surprise! Thank you. I’ve changed my fonts and my site looks much clearer and more modern. Well done!
Thanks for this – a good, helpful addition!
This is a great idea. I would have preferred to be able to just change the site title as I am not sure if I like the change to the other headings in the side bar when using a fancy font. I am using 2015 and I read the other comments re relative size.
I was unable to edit “my” (the sample) “first post” to see how a full alphabet would look with these typefaces. However, the one I was hoping for, which I believe is called GOTHIC (It’s all capitals, larger for the capitals, and smaller for the minuscules) was not one of the choices, alas.
Thank you very much for this update! It gave my blog that is using an old template (The Redoable Lite) a more updated look! I’m just curious why the size goes from ‘Normal’ to ‘Large’ without a ‘Medium’ in between. I would’ve wanted a bigger font size but ‘Large’ is just too large!
Our previous limitation when it came to font changes re: the requirement for CSS editing upgrades was an annoyance to me, but now I’m having fun making font selections for my blogs. Woo hoo! Thanks so much for this great addition to our free features. I appreciate it very much.
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I have not been inclined to purchase custom design upgrades for my blogs and the requirement for CSS editing upgrades was an annoyance to me. However, I’m having a great time now trying out new font selections for each blog. If you haven’t tried out this new free feature for WordPress.com blogs, why not head over to the customizer and give it a whirl?
This is a nice idea, but as is it’s pretty much useless. Because there are only two categories (Headings and Base Font), changing the style/size in one place also changes it in a bunch of other unexpected places. So like, if you want “Huge” post titles, you end up with equally huge menu links, widget titles or commenter usernames, depending on the theme.