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Where do font services fit in? – Part 1

Since the 1980’s when things like the laser printer took time to leave their influence on the publishing world and designs, but once they succeeded, there is no looking back. Similarly, with the various fonts available today it’s just a case of embedding fonts in your web pages and for this you will need to find a service to embed the required font into your pages of web.

There are several of these services available on the internet, so I suggest you take a look at them to find the one that suits you.

The first to examine is Typekit. This provides you with a free trial after which it costs $24.99 for a personal account per year or a full portfolio access account for $49.99 per year. Unfortunately, this does not allow desktop use, and it does require JavaScript. There are about 4000 available fonts. If you are using the free version it doesn’t require you to subscribe if you are below 25000 page views a month. This is the maximum page views for free account and you are allowed two fonts.  It’s simple to set up and the information is simple to follow. There is a small hesitation before the font is visible although hardly noticeable. The biggest problem is you are buying a subscription you aren’t going to “own” anything, you are merely leasing it for a year. This gives you the right to use that particular font for a year.

The second one I looked at is called Webtype. Here you get a free trial for 30 days after which there is a year leasing fee of $10 for a personal account, a yearly fee of $30 for a standard account, a fee of $60 for a Pro account. And a business account costs $100 per year. Again you do not own the rights outright to the use of the type, but you are leasing it for the year. It does have a large server base for serving up the fonts onto your server in real time. They serve the font onto your server as requested. How much extra bandwidth they take on your server I haven’t managed to work out as yet.

Obviously, they can alter the way the type is served up to keep it to the right way to display your website correctly on each search engine. This overcomes the distortion of font displays. Personally, I wish there was a way of purchasing outright. You need to save the code, or it won’t publish.

Fontdeck was the last I looked at here, although this one is fairly new on the market, it has upward of 600 fonts available with more to come. Here you only pay for the precise fonts you actually use, and you get the similar style fonts automatically. You also get a trial for all fonts. It is extremely easy to set up and the thing I really liked is, it is just plain CSS without any JavaScript. Unfortunately, there is no way to use the fonts on the desktop. There are several free fonts and most of the rest start around $2.50 per year per site once these fonts go live.

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