Thanks to this new feature, powered by the free Google Fonts library, Elegant Themes users can now pick between dozens of fonts to apply to different parts of their themes.
For this first release the new option has been added to nineteen of their most popular themes.
But the number of themes for which this option is available will keep growing, since Elegant Themes plan to continue updating their themes collection with these new features in the coming weeks.
How it works
This new feature is very easy to use. All you need to do is click the “Customize” link next to your active theme in the Appearance > Themes section of your WordPress Dashboard. You will notice that a new “Fonts” element has been added to the Manage Themes menu. Once you click it open, it will show you for every applicable part of your theme a scroll box where you can choose the fonts for that part.
Giving it a try
Of course, the font option will not only work for your theme, but also for any child theme you create based on it. As I always recommend using a child theme (at least if you plan to make any change to your theme), I´ve installed a theme from Elegant Themes in the Tutorial Test Site I´ve used in previous posts and then I´ve created a child theme, in this particular case using the theme Nimble as the parent for it.
Once I activated my new child theme I went to the theme customizer through Appearance > Themes > Customize. There I found that I had two possibilities under the “Fonts” option: Header Font and Body Font. For each one I have 80 different Google fonts to choose from apart from the default font, which is the font defined by the original theme for headers or for body fonts. For this example I chose the fonts Patrick Hand for the headers and Nunito for the body, but before doing so the theme was showing its default fonts:
Is it worth it?
Of course it is. This is now a standard feature for every one of the themes selected by Elegant Themes to be updated with it, it is not something you have to pay more to get it.
One might tend to think that this new option would slow our theme down, but there is not need to worry about that. This option will not affect the load speed of your website since what it really does is loading a single font for each part, which is how the theme already works. The other 80 Google fonts are there for you to choose, but only the one selected will be loaded.
So if you are already a member of Elegant Themes, go ahead and download the new versions of the themes you are using to get access to this new feature. If you are not a member yet, this is the perfect time to sign up. You can´t beat what they offer: 82 themes that you can use wherever you want for just $39. As they say, that means $.49 per theme! You can see what you can get from Elegant Themes here.
Themes updated in this first round
As I said before, 19 of the most popular themes provided by Elegant Themes have been already updated with the new font option. Check them out:
And remember that this is just the first round of updates with the new font option. More to come soon!
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