A Look at How We Updated Fonts on WordPress.com

We recently updated WordPress.com’s fonts and wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at how we chose the list. Here’s an example of a few of them in use.

We looked at several criteria when curating our selections to give your site’s visitors the best experience.

First, we looked at the overall popularity and quality of each font, paying close attention to the letterforms of the most common and most quirky characters.  We made sure that these worked well in specific layouts, at different scales, and as part of the entire collection.

To make the cut, fonts had to contain a breadth of styles and weights, including true italics.

It was important to select fonts with broad character and language support beyond basic Latin. We also looked to showcase a diversity of type designers and open source fonts.

Careful consideration of all the criteria mentioned above allowed us to end up with a list that facilitates attractive font pairings for headings and body text.

Here’s a closer look at a few patterns you can create with a keen typographic eye.

For an even closer, hands-on look, you can check them out in Global Styles and the Customizer today. We’re looking forward to seeing how you use custom fonts on WordPress.com! Your feedback will help us continue to grow, refine, and improve the font choices we offer.


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  1. Sam "Goldie" Kirk

    This might be a silly question but can we change fonts in posts? Have different types?

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  2. Katharine

    Because my title includes a capital “Q”, I choose fonts by the appearance of that letter. Funny but true. However, I’m always searching, and glad for a refresh. And always hoping my favorite font still meets the criteria.

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  3. JanBeek

    Thank you! I will try to find where those various styles are accessible on my blog.

    Liked by 6 people

  4. LivresChauds.Wordpress.Com

    I hope WordPress will do the same improvement of customizing fonts for other languages, like for customizing Arabic fonts. Thank you very much.

    Liked by 8 people

  5. victoriarose002

    Yay, thank you, some of these look great!

    Liked by 5 people

  6. mishtysharma

    These are great fonts!

    Liked by 4 people

  7. Marek

    Are HTML entities like ¼ considered when evaluating fonts? I have seen these not look right in some font choices that I have made.

    Liked by 4 people

  8. Quleiss

    This is really a great resource. We’ve worked with WordPress for 12+ years & have faced font issues on multiple occasions. My 100+ customers are using WordPress.com.

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