Have you noticed that, out of the many fonts available in the world, websites use only a handful of them? This is not because all websites out there share a mutual love of very specific fonts (we all have our favorites, though!), but rather to ensure that the specified font can be read on every computer. These are known as web-safe fonts.
You see, when you are reading website content, the browser is told to write the text using a particular font that is stored on the computer. If the coding on the website calls for a font style that is not stored in the computer, the browser will display a default font instead - and default fonts are not very pretty. Rest assured, your content will be visible, but at the expense of your beautiful web design.
Despite the large number of fonts installed on your computer, each computer operating system uses its own set of fonts. The two most popular systems, Mac OS X and Windows, share only a handful of fonts, which means the remaining fonts available through Mac will not show in Windows - and vice versa. To further complicate matters, some older operating systems don't offer some of the web-safe fonts, and Android mobile phones don't have any.
Five fonts that are considered universally web safe are Arial, Courier New, Georgia, Times New Roman, and Verdana. With the exception of Android users, you should be able to view these fonts as intended on any device that has an internet connection.
If you are determined to use a flowing, eye-catching font to entrance your readers, we encourage you to select a few fallback fonts that the browser can display on incompatible operating systems. By building these fonts into the webpage code, you can ensure that viewers will not have to suffer through whichever generic sans-serif font their browser prefers.
Does the thought of choosing just one font, much less two or three, make your eyes cross? Don't worry, Business Promotion is here to help you develop a gorgeous website, from designing the overall layout to ensuring your webpages include web-safe fonts. Give us a call at 866.664.5216 today to get started.
Author: Jaxon Carroll
Position: Development Manager
Jaxon has worked in the SEO industry for nearly five years and has been a front end web developer for three. Jaxon loves web development almost as much as he loves his wife, movies, the gym, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup shakes. Jaxon is the Development Manager here at Business Promotion, and he enjoys what he does and the people he works with.