In this web authoring tutorial, we will be showcasing some of the best web font embedding services. These services allow you to use fonts outside of those typically installed on a user's computer system, allowing for a more flexible web page design without needing to rely upon images.
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Owned by Monotype Imaging, Fonts.com (http://webfonts.fonts.com) is undoubtedly the largest supplier of typefaces on the web. Currently, the service offers over 10,000 fonts, including the classic ones, such as Helvetica®, Frutiger®, Univers®, ITC Franklin Gothic®, ITC Avant Garde®, Rotis®, Neo® Sans, and many, many more. If this short list doesn’t convince you to give them a gander, Fonts.com also provides support for more than 40 languages.
As one might expect, the service isn’t free, but it does offer a bunch of fairly affordable monthly plans, where you can select the one that best fits your bill, according to the number of fonts that you need to use on your web project and the views per page.
Without a doubt, Typekit (http://typekit.com) is by far the most popular web font-embedding service available today, and certainly one of the pioneers in the field. It was created by Small Batch Inc, and due to the set of engaging features that it provides, it’s been rapidly adopted by a huge number of designers worldwide. The service offers an extensive library of fonts (over 4000 typefaces to date and growing), with a very fast download time, thanks to its robust, full-blown CDN.
Similar to its rivals, Typekit offers a decent variety of plans, which include monthly and annual subscriptions (and even a free, 30-days trial subscription). Naturally, costs vary according to the number of fonts used on your web site(s) and page hits, so be sure to take a peek at the plan list, so you can pick up the one that suits your needs and budget.
Not that I’m marketing the service at all, but admittedly Kernest (http://kernest.com) is one of the easiest to use and flexible web-font services available today. Not only you can embed typographies right away on your web pages from the more than 2,500 available in its directory, but the whole embedding process is as simple as copying/pasting a single line of code (pretty much similar to what you can do with Google Web Fonts).
Also, you’ll be able to pick up commercial fonts simply by making a single payment of $9, $10 and $15, or if your budget is somewhat tight, there’s also an interesting number of free typefaces, which you can use for commercial or personal projects. Again, be sure to read the corresponding license in each case (http://kernest.com/licenses), in order to avoid any copyright issues.
In this introductory part of this two-part guide, I made a quick and partial review (according to my personal opinion, of course) of the most popular and relevant web font embedding services available today. Even when each service reviewed so far has is own pros and cons, it’s clear to see that the existence of them has brought a new and fresh breeze to the arena of web typography, something that hopefully will contribute to improve the overall quality (at least from a esthetical standpoint) of websites.
However, it’s fair to stress that there’re a few other contenders that haven’t covered yet. But, don’t feel concerned, though, as these ones will be discussed in the last installment.
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