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Using fonts from outside sources

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Video: Using fonts from outside sources

I showed you how to change typography on your site using the Theme Builder and the forty or so fonts that come built into Drupal Gardens, but you can do much more by gaining access to external font libraries. Drupal Gardens comes with settings for two such popular libraries: Fonts.com and Typekit. The first thing we do is to turn on the Font Management module. You go up, click Modules, then scroll down to Font management, which is in the other group, down toward the bottom. Check its box, go to the bottom, and click Save configuration.

Using fonts from outside sources

I showed you how to change typography on your site using the Theme Builder and the forty or so fonts that come built into Drupal Gardens, but you can do much more by gaining access to external font libraries. Drupal Gardens comes with settings for two such popular libraries: Fonts.com and Typekit. The first thing we do is to turn on the Font Management module. You go up, click Modules, then scroll down to Font management, which is in the other group, down toward the bottom. Check its box, go to the bottom, and click Save configuration.

Now you have to sign up for those font libraries, then configure them within your Drupal Gardens site. Don't worry about the sign up phase; both libraries have a free subscription level. I'll show you how it works with Fonts.com, because the system is similar for both it and Typekit. We go up to Configuration and then down to Font management. First thing we'll do is enable our Fonts.com web fonts. Then you'll notice that there are links all around here for where to go in order to get your Fonts.com account, and the same is true for Typekit down at the bottom.

I'm going to Ctrl+Click, since I'm on Windows, to open that in a new tab; if you're on Mac, Command+click. Then I'll switched to that tab. I'm already signed in for this account, so I'll click Enter; otherwise, you would go through the normal account-creation process. And, again, there is a free level, as well as some more premium levels. For Project name, I'll call it Explore California, and then I'll paste in my domain, then click Save project.

The next step is to select a font, but first I'm going to save my changes. Once that's done, I click Choose fonts. You'll notice that some of them simply say Add to project. These are the free fonts. The ones you have to pay for say Upgrade. I'll just pick the first one, Albertus, click Add to project, and it's done. All I have to do is publish it. Now I'll go back to my site, Before I can continue, I have to get my authentication key.

The text down here explains how that works. You go to My account and then click the Account summary tab. I can do that, go back to Fonts.com, My account, and Account summary. Then down here I see my authentication key. I just copy the entire thing and go back to my site and paste it in that field. When I click outside that box, it looks up all the information from that account, and in fact fills in with the project that I have. If I had multiple projects, of course I would select the one that I wanted here.

Then I go down and save. Now I'm ready to use my fonts. I'll close out this overlay, and then go to Appearance to launch the Theme Builder. You'll notice this new link, configure professional fonts. That leads us back to the Configuration page. We don't have to go there since we've already set it all up. To use a font, you simply select some text that you want to style, and as usual, choose the font from here. At the top we have all of the Drupal Gardens fonts and then at the very bottom we have the one we chose from Fonts.com.

If I select it, we immediately see the change. I'm actually not going to keep it, so I'll just close this out. And yes, I'll discard. There is one downside that I don't like about using these external font libraries. We give this little ad for the libraries down here in the corner. To get rid of it, I'm going to go up to Modules and turn that off. We just scroll back down to the Font Management module, uncheck it, scroll all the way down, and Save configuration, and we're back the way we were.

Once the screen reloads, that ad disappears. The magic that Fonts.com offers is in the wide selection of fonts that it has. The same is true for Typekit.com. I'll just go to that site as well, so you can see what it's like. Ultimately, it's very similar to Fonts.com, and your decision may be based on which ones you actually want, if there are specific fonts that you like. Both have a huge selection within their free plans and allow enough page views for most small personal sites. If your site grows, you'll have to upgrade your subscription, because it limits you not only on the fonts available, but also on the number of page views.

There's one other thing I want to warn you about: using these external font libraries might slow down your site, as it will call that outside library every time a user visits the page for the first time. If that's a concern, try it out for a little while and see if the slowdown is onerous. Chances are you won't even notice it. The other thing I have to warn you of is to be judicious in your use of fonts, because designs can get pretty ugly if you use too many on a single page. But when you select smartly and use them with a keen eye, these additional fonts can really dress up your site.

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  1. 29m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Previewing the finished project
      1m 29s
    3. What's new in the late 2011 update?
      5m 28s
    4. What is Drupal?
      5m 8s
    5. What is Drupal Gardens?
      5m 57s
    6. Getting started with Drupal Gardens
      5m 35s
    7. Getting help
      4m 1s
    8. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Using the administrative overlay
      2m 54s
    2. Using the dashboard, toolbar, and shortcut bar
      5m 36s
    3. Touring the newly created site
      3m 55s
    4. Configuring the site
      5m 15s
  3. 59m 47s
    1. Creating and managing content
      11m 11s
    2. Creating and managing content types
      10m 35s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos and other media
      4m 5s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      4m 49s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      5m 1s
    6. Managing tags and taxonomies
      5m 50s
    7. Creating dynamic pages with simple views
      4m 29s
    8. Creating complex information collections with Views
      8m 59s
    9. Creating image galleries
      4m 48s
  4. 37m 50s
    1. Working with blocks
      10m 26s
    2. Setting up rotating banners
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding menus
      7m 27s
    4. Setting up contact forms
      7m 7s
    5. Adding and removing functionality
      5m 5s
  5. 54m 54s
    1. Managing users
      6m 28s
    2. Adjusting user permissions
      6m 35s
    3. Managing comments
      7m 7s
    4. Slowing spam
      5m 20s
    5. Starting discussion forums
      9m 3s
    6. Creating blogs
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up mailing lists
      4m 50s
    8. Allowing users to rate content
      4m 21s
    9. Using best practices for online clubs
      6m 29s
  6. 44m 35s
    1. Getting feedback with webforms
      6m 14s
    2. Publishing RSS feeds
      6m 40s
    3. Taking advantage of social media
      9m 33s
    4. Emphasizing external links
      2m 44s
    5. Improving search engine optimization (SEO)
      7m 30s
    6. Internationalizing sites
      8m 6s
    7. Tracking site usage with Google Analytics
      3m 48s
  7. 34m 40s
    1. Understanding Drupal themes
      5m 44s
    2. Understanding the Theme Builder
      5m 25s
    3. Switching, saving, and copying themes
      7m 13s
    4. Introducing custom CSS
      6m 51s
    5. Refining selections in the Theme Builder
      5m 48s
    6. Exporting themes
      3m 39s
  8. 48m 31s
    1. Changing the site's color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Changing the site's main logo and favicon
      5m 22s
    3. Changing the column number and arrangement
      5m 7s
    4. Adding background colors and images
      6m 29s
    5. Changing element spacing and borders
      6m 11s
    6. Adjusting typography
      4m 24s
    7. Using fonts from outside sources
      5m 7s
    8. Inserting raw CSS code into themes
      6m 57s
    9. Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
      6m 22s
  9. 14m 18s
    1. Finessing theme design
      7m 51s
    2. Eight ideas for modifying themes
      6m 27s
  10. 23m 38s
    1. Monitoring sites
      4m 11s
    2. Duplicating and deleting sites
      4m 23s
    3. Adding custom domains
      3m 48s
    4. Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens
      3m 46s
    5. Hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites
      7m 30s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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