Download Google Fonts Locally

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WordPress Theme Review team release the Webfonts Loader to download the web fonts like Google fonts and host them locally.

We are going to see:

Why to download CDN fonts? Why to download CDN fonts?

According to current WordPress Theme review guidelines themes prohibit the use of CDNs to load assets due to privacy/tracking concerns.

The only exception to that rule is Google Fonts.

To avoid the CDN links like Google fonts we can now use the function wptt_get_webfont_styles() to load the webfonts fonts.

NOTE: It works for any web font including Google Fonts. Here, I’m showing the demo for Google fonts.

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How do we load the Google fonts in WordPress? How do we load the Google fonts in WordPress?

// Load theme CORE css.
wp_enqueue_style( 'my-theme', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css', array(), '1.0', 'all' );

// Load fonts from Google.
wp_enqueue_style( 'my-theme-google-fonts', 'https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans&400,400i,600,700,800,900&subset=latin,latin-ext', array(), null );

OR

// Load theme CORE css.
wp_enqueue_style( 'my-theme', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css', array(), '1.0', 'all' );

// Load fonts from Google.
wp_enqueue_style( 'my-theme-google-fonts', my_theme_google_fonts_url(), array(), null );

// Genereate and return the Google fonts url.
function my_theme_google_fonts_url() {

    $fonts_url = '';
    $font_families = array(
        'Open Sans:400,400i,600,700,800,900',
    );

    $query_args = array(
        'family' => urlencode( implode( '|', $font_families ) ),
        'subset' => urlencode( 'latin,latin-ext' ),
    );

    $fonts_url = add_query_arg( $query_args, "//fonts.googleapis.com/css" );

    return $fonts_url;
}

Both work the same.

But, When I check it with Google Page Speed Insights then I found that it is a render-blocking asset that affects performance.

So, What to do?

We can download the fonts from Google and host them on our website.

It’s pretty simple with a webfont-loader PHP class.

Below is the screenshot of my performance before using the webfont-loader.

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Before – 1.5kb / 780ms blocking

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How to use the wptt_get_webfont_styles() function? How to use the wptt_get_webfont_styles() function?

Same as the typical example we can load the web fonts as below:

// Load theme CORE css.
wp_enqueue_style( 'my-theme', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css', array(), '1.0', 'all' );

// Load fonts from Google.
wp_enqueue_style( 'my-theme-google-fonts', wptt_get_webfont_styles('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans&400,400i,600,700,800,900&subset=latin,latin-ext'), array(), null );

OR

Add the web-fonts with wp_add_inline_style() to load them inline.

// Load theme CORE css.
wp_enqueue_style( 'my-theme', get_stylesheet_directory_uri() . '/style.css', array(), '1.0', 'all' );

// Load fonts from Google.
wp_add_inline_style( 'my-theme-google-fonts', wptt_get_webfont_url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans&400,400i,600,700,800,900&subset=latin,latin-ext') );

You can use any one of them as you want.

For more details visit https://github.com/WPTT/webfont-loader/

After using the webfont-loader performance improved:

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After – Saved 1.5kb / 780ms blocking

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Does it fix the Google Page Speed inside render-blocking asset error? Does it fix the Google Page Speed inside render-blocking asset error?

Yes. See the below comparison:

  • Before – 1.5kb / 780ms blocking
  • After – 0 blocking for Google Fonts request it means we have 1.5kb size + 780 ms blocking time

NOTE: In the screenshot, we see the 600ms blocking time which is the jQuery. We optimize the time for the Google Fonts only.

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