Let’s talk fonts again! Did you know <em>press offers a Font Customizer plugin, which easily lets you change out the fonts you use on your site? While we built it with ease in mind (knowing most people haven’t spent a ton of time learning about and using fonts), with so many choices in Font Customizer, we know it can be tough choosing which ones to pair together! So today, we thought we’d share some of our favorite combinations.
Let’s talk fonts! Such a fun, albeit confusing subject, no? Fun for the obvious reasons, confusing because—well, if you’ve never had to work with fonts extensively, you’ve likely never needed to understand the difference between web fonts and desktop fonts. So today, I thought I’d explain the differences, and also share some of my favorite font resources with you!
A desktop font operates similarly to how it sounds—from your desktop. With a desktop font, you simply download the font file and install it on your computer. Most desktop font files will download as a .zip file, from which you’ll extract a file that ends with .otf or .ttf, or rarely, .ps1 (if you really want to nerd out and learn the differences between these, check out this article, but for the purposes of running the font on your computer, it doesn’t matter).
Once you’ve properly installed a desktop font on your computer, you can use it in any application that runs fonts from your system’s font library—think Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop, and the like. This comes in handy if you use particular fonts on your website, and also want to use them in marketing collateral, or graphics for your site. Having the desktop font allows you to match your brand fonts across all visuals, creating cohesion in your branding.
How and why do desktop fonts get used on websites and blogs?
Ask anyone who’s ever written a blog and they’ll tell you: it’s a TON of work. Coming up with ideas for what to write about is taxing enough, especially if you’ve been blogging for a while. But even if you’re full of creative ideas, producing those ideas into gorgeous, engaging blog posts can feel like the bigger battle.
Today, we wanted to share five tools to help you create and edit blog posts. From editing your words to editing your photos, we’ve got you covered! Be sure to share your fave content creation resources with us, in the comments!
You might’ve heard of Grammarly, as they’ve recently gotten a bunch of press and I recently saw a commercial for the service, too. In a nutshell, Grammarly is a program that helps you copyedit your content. Install a simple bookmarklet into your Chrome browser, and Grammarly will find spelling, punctuation and common usage errors, automatically! I first came across Grammarly several years ago, when you had to plug your text into an editor on their site and review the errors there. The bookmarklet makes editing a breeze, and it’s a vital tool if grammar’s not your strong suit. View a video about the app, and download it here.