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Load Fonts Correctly

Downloading Google Fonts Is A Must

OMGF Is The Easiest Way To Do It

What Is OMGF?

OMGF is a plugin that downloads all Google fonts that your website is using directly to your server. This saves your WordPress installation from having to request any fonts from the Google servers, saving time and connections. The plugin is incredibly simple to use and if your website design is complete, you will only have to use it once to increase your pagespeed score and lower your website load time.

What many people do not realize is that font file sizes can be quite big. Many are up to 200kb in size, so downloading them on each page request can be server intensive. When you consider that this entire page is about 800kb (including images), you can see the importance of downloading fonts to improve your overall speed. Add to this the fact that most website have several font styles and font-weights, you can easily see how downloading fonts alone can top 1mb if you are not careful.

Using OMGF will solve the issue, and help bolster your pagespeed reports and lower the load speed for your end users. You may have seen the warnings for fonts and especially what is known as ‘FOUT’ (flash of unwanted text) in the Google Lighthouse report, and are unsure how to fix them. Below is a quick guide on how to use OMGF and maximise the font loading speed on your website.

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Load Fonts Correctly

Downloading Google Fonts Is A Must

OMGF Is The Easiest Way To Do It

What Is OMGF?

OMGF is a plugin that downloads all Google fonts that your website is using directly to your server. This saves your WordPress installation from having to request any fonts from the Google servers, saving time and connections. The plugin is incredibly simple to use and if your website design is complete, you will only have to use it once to increase your pagespeed score and lower your website load time.

What many people do not realize is that font file sizes can be quite big. Many are up to 200kb in size, so downloading them on each page request can be server intensive. When you consider that this entire page is about 800kb (including images), you can see the importance of downloading fonts to improve your overall speed. Add to this the fact that most website have several font styles and font-weights, you can easily see how downloading fonts alone can top 1mb if you are not careful.

Using OMGF will solve the issue, and help bolster your pagespeed reports and lower the load speed for your end users. You may have seen the warnings for fonts and especially what is known as ‘FOUT’ (flash of unwanted text) in the Google Lighthouse report, and are unsure how to fix them. Below is a quick guide on how to use OMGF and maximise the font loading speed on your website.

OMGF is a plugin that downloads all Google fonts that your website is using directly to your server. This stops your website requesting any fonts from the Google servers, saving time and connections.

The plugin is incredibly simple to use and if your website design is complete, you will only have to use it once to increase your pagespeed score and lower your website load time.

What many people do not realize is that font file sizes can be quite big. Many are up to 200kb in size, so downloading them on each page request can be server intensive.

When you consider that this entire page is about 800kb (including images), you can see the importance of downloading fonts to improve your overall speed. Add to this the fact that most website have several font styles and font-weights, you can easily see how downloading fonts alone can top 1mb if you are not careful.

Using OMGF will solve the issue, and help bolster your pagespeed reports and lower the load speed for your end users. You may have seen the warnings for fonts and especially what is known as ‘FOUT’ (flash of unwanted text) in the Google Lighthouse report, and are unsure how to fix them. Below is a quick guide on how to use OMGF and maximise the font loading speed on your website.

Using OMGF

Faster Font Loading With OMGF

Using OMGF

OMGF is really easy to use. If you watch the video you can see that the process takes a minute or two at the most. Be aware that this plugin is for Google Fonts only, and not any other Typekit or Adobe fonts. However as most commercial themes use Google Fonts, this should be the only plugin you require.

So What Do I Do?

After you have installed the plugin, go to Settings / Optimise Google Fonts. Then you literally click on ‘Autodetect’ to see a list of Google Fonts that are being used by your website. If you want to keep the standard settings, just click save and that is it – the fonts will be downloaded and a new CSS file will be made to use the Google Fonts.

If you are using Asset Cleanup Pro, go there and to Settings / Google Fonts. Click on the advanced tab and click the switch to activate ‘Remove All’. This will stop all external calls to Google when using fonts.

On rare occasions this can still break fonts. This is when a theme header is specifically using a font and it can’t be overwritten. In this case, you may need to edit your theme template header file, but it is not that common.

What About Preloading?

Preloading is for loading priority fonts that are used above the fold. This is generally your menu font and your paragraph text. It’s rare you would need to preload italic or specialist fonts, unless you were using them in sliders or top of the page hero graphics. For your priority fonts, just tick preload on those ones before you save them.

If you are unsure of your priority fonts, tick them all. Then clear your cache and reload the page in Google Chrome. Right click then click ‘inspect’. If you get a new warning appear (yellow box with an exclamation mark), click on it. Look out for a warning saying you are preloading a font you don’t need to. Make of a note of the font and the font weight. Then go back into the plugin settings and untick the preload for that font – and that is it!

Preloading fonts can also solve ‘FOUT’ issues. A top tip is to always use ‘font-display: swap’ whenever you have the settings (this is an option in Asset Cleanup Pro). Then the flash of text as your website swaps from system fonts to the stylised ones will not be noticeable and score much better on Google Lighthouse.

OMGF – Watch The Video

Thanks To Scott From Cert Media For The Video

What If It Does Not Detect Fonts?

OMGF is compatible with nearly all WordPress websites – but some installs can be problematic. If at first the fonts do not get listed when you analyse them, simply open your website in another tab. Then go back to plugin and click analyse again. This time, a list of the fonts should appear.

Ready To Move On?

Step 8: Time To Fly

Speed Up Google Analytics

Faster Font Loading With OMGF

Using OMGF

OMGF is really easy to use. If you watch the video you can see that the process takes a minute or two at the most. Be aware that this plugin is for Google Fonts only, and not any other Typekit or Adobe fonts. However as most commercial themes use Google Fonts, this should be the only plugin you require.

So What Do I Do?

After you have installed the plugin, go to Settings / Optimise Google Fonts. Then you literally click on ‘Autodetect’ to see a list of Google Fonts that are being used by your website. If you want to keep the standard settings, just click save and that is it – the fonts will be downloaded and a new CSS file will be made to use the Google Fonts.

If you are using Asset Cleanup Pro, go there and to Settings / Google Fonts. Click on the advanced tab and click the switch to activate ‘Remove All’. This will stop all external calls to Google when using fonts.

On rare occasions this can still break fonts. This is when a theme header is specifically using a font and it can’t be overwritten. In this case, you may need to edit your theme template header file, but it is not that common.

What About Preloading?

Preloading is for loading priority fonts that are used above the fold. This is generally your menu font and your paragraph text. It’s rare you would need to preload italic or specialist fonts, unless you were using them in sliders or top of the page hero graphics. For your priority fonts, just tick preload on those ones before you save them.

If you are unsure of your priority fonts, tick them all. Then clear your cache and reload the page in Google Chrome. Right click then click ‘inspect’. If you get a new warning appear (yellow box with an exclamation mark), click on it. Look out for a warning saying you are preloading a font you don’t need to. Make of a note of the font and the font weight. Then go back into the plugin settings and untick the preload for that font – and that is it!

Preloading fonts can also solve ‘FOUT’ issues. A top tip is to always use ‘font-display: swap’ whenever you have the settings (this is an option in Asset Cleanup Pro). Then the flash of text as your website swaps from system fonts to the stylised ones will not be noticeable and score much better on Google Lighthouse.

OMGF – Watch The Video

Thanks To Scott From Cert Media For The Video

What If It Does Not Detect Fonts?

OMGF is compatible with nearly all WordPress websites – but some installs can be problematic. If at first the fonts do not get listed when you analyse them, simply open your website in another tab. Then go back to plugin and click analyse again. This time, a list of the fonts should appear.

Ready To Move On?

Step 8: Time To Fly

Speed Up Google Analytics

Faster Font Loading

Using OMGF

OMGF is really easy to use. If you watch the video you can see that the process takes a minute or two at the most. Be aware that this plugin is for Google Fonts only, and not any other Typekit or Adobe fonts. However as most commercial themes use Google Fonts, this should be the only plugin you require.

So What Do I Do?

After you have installed the plugin, go to Settings / Optimise Google Fonts. Then you literally click on ‘Autodetect’ to see a list of Google Fonts that are being used by your website. If you want to keep the standard settings, just click save and that is it – the fonts will be downloaded and a new CSS file will be made to use the Google Fonts.

If you are using Asset Cleanup Pro, go there and to Settings / Google Fonts. Click on the advanced tab and click the switch to activate ‘Remove All’. This will stop all external calls to Google when using fonts.

On rare occasions this can still break fonts. This is when a theme header is specifically using a font and it can’t be overwritten. In this case, you may need to edit your theme template header file, but it is not that common.

What About Preloading?

Preloading is for loading priority fonts that are used above the fold. This is generally your menu font and your paragraph text. It’s rare you would need to preload italic or specialist fonts, unless you were using them in sliders or top of the page hero graphics. For your priority fonts, just tick preload on those ones before you save them.

If you are unsure of your priority fonts, tick them all. Then clear your cache and reload the page in Google Chrome. Right click then click ‘inspect’. If you get a new warning appear (yellow box with an exclamation mark), click on it. Look out for a warning saying you are preloading a font you don’t need to. Make of a note of the font and the font weight. Then go back into the plugin settings and untick the preload for that font – and that is it!

Preloading fonts can also solve ‘FOUT’ issues. A top tip is to always use ‘font-display: swap’ whenever you have the settings (this is an option in Asset Cleanup Pro). Then the flash of text as your website swaps from system fonts to the stylised ones will not be noticeable and score much better on Google Lighthouse.

OMGF – Watch The Video

Thanks To Scott From Cert Media For The Video

Font Detection

OMGF is compatible with nearly all WordPress websites – but some installs can be problematic. If at first the fonts do not get listed when you analyse them, simply open your website in another tab. Then go back to plugin and click analyse again. This time, a list of the fonts should appear.

Ready To Move On?

Step 8: Time To Fly

Speed Up Google Analytics

OMGF – Pagespeed Guide