What fonts can I use on my Website?

February 1, 2008

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Twice this week I have been asked what fonts can I use on my website?

Not that many is the short answer.

You might have hundreds of fonts available on your computer, this doesn’t mean everyone else does. Depending on the operating system (Windows, Linux, Apple) , web browser (Firefox, IE, Safari) and programs installed (Office, Photoshop etc) will effect the range of fonts you have. You can certain download more, but people visiting your web site aren’t going to do that. So what fonts are general safe to use on your blog or company website?

From some digging around the general opinion seems to be around 8-10 fonts are pretty safe to use. It doesn’t mean you can’t use images for headers and sub headings etc, but for the bulk of text you are pretty much limited.

What are the Options?

So here is a quick sample of the options available to you, but make sure you have a glance over the next section, as you will see that this still varies from computer to computer, web browser to web browser.

Verdana

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Georgia

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Tahoma

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Arial

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Times New Roman

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Courier New

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Helvetica

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Lucida Console

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Palatino Linotype

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MS Sans Serif

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Impact

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Trains, Planes and Operating Systems

And just to confuse you more, these fonts can also vary in style depending on the web browser, computer settings and version of the operating system you are running. Although, to be honest don’t worry too much about this, its impossible for any web sites to look identical on every machine out there.

Linux Operating System

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Windows XP

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Apple Mac

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For more information on this subject check out…

Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents

and

Web-Safe Fonts for Your Site

What is your advice about fonts and websites, I’m no expert on the subject so I would love to hear your thoughts?

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3 Comments »

  1. With all these new standards being developed for HTML, CSS – Web 2.0, you would think that they would do something about increasing the core font repository eh? After all Web 2.0 was making everything look chic and seamless, yet we are still restricted by the amount of typography we can use to make cool interfaces.

    I’m not an expert in this field, but can’t the browsers agree to bundle a few more fonts with their installation? Create a standard for web fonts possibly…

    I’m just ranting because I’ve been designing 3 different sites over the past 2 weeks, and creating cool typography is my biggest struggle.

    Comment by Puraz — February 1, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

  2. I’m no expert here, Jamie, so it’s interesting to read your font article. Thanks.

    Off-topic, did you make it to BarCamp yesterday?

    Comment by David Airey — February 3, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  3. Well, its probably an easy sell when someone has been reading your blog for a year or so!

    Comment by Kimberley — February 4, 2008 @ 12:24 pm

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