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Changing font family styles

From: WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

Video: Changing font family styles

A website is a representation of individuality. Whether it be your own or that of your company. One of the many factors that play into putting forward a consistent presence on the web is the use of fonts. In the past, web fonts were fairly restricted. But today thanks to modern browser technology, you have far greater options where fonts are concerned. The Twenty Twelve theme ships with a custom font hosted by Google Web fonts. Later in the course, we will look at how you can swap out this Google font for different Google web font, but for now, let's take a look at how you can change the style sheet in your child theme to use a standard font instead of the one that ships.

Changing font family styles

A website is a representation of individuality. Whether it be your own or that of your company. One of the many factors that play into putting forward a consistent presence on the web is the use of fonts. In the past, web fonts were fairly restricted. But today thanks to modern browser technology, you have far greater options where fonts are concerned. The Twenty Twelve theme ships with a custom font hosted by Google Web fonts. Later in the course, we will look at how you can swap out this Google font for different Google web font, but for now, let's take a look at how you can change the style sheet in your child theme to use a standard font instead of the one that ships.

Looking at the Twenty Twelve theme, you can see it uses a Sans Serif font, and if we go behind the scenes to look at the style-sheets. So I'll go in here and go Inspect elements, to any elements, and go to Computed Style, you'll see down here under font family, the font that's being used is called Open Sans. It also as a fallback to Helvetica, Arial, and Sans Serif. This is what's called the font family. What happens here is the browser will try to use Open Sans, if Open Sans doesn't work, it'll use Helvetica. If Helvetica doesn't work, it'll use Arial and if Arial doesn't work it'll use any Sans Serif font.

What we want to do is make it change to this font family in such a way that we can use different fonts. To find the original style that kicks in here, instead of using the technique I showed you earlier, I'm simply going to go into the Computed Styles and click on this link that points to the original style in the style-sheet. It's right here. You see body.custom-font-enabled and then you have the font family: Open Sans, Helvetica, Arial, Sans Serif. Directly above it, you'll notice that the body style also has a font family defined.

This is because Twenty Twelve comes with two options, you can use a custom style, custom font enabled, or you can disable the custom font using code and then the original styles will kick in. Right now, we're going to make a change to the body.custom-font-enabled style. So I'll copy that's style out, go in to my child theme, and because this is a body style it should be high up in the hierarchy. So I'm going to paste that in directly under the import call. So here we have the original style the way it was, but now I want to change to font family over completely to another standard font family.

So I'm going to swap out all this code with Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, Serif. When I save the style-sheet now, and reload the web page in my browser, you will see that all the fonts on the entire page have been changed to Georgia because that's now the main font family. Now it's important to note that this doesn't necessarily work the exact same way on all themes. Many themes have very specific fonts assigned to different elements, and you may find that there's several different places where the font is defined.

In which case, you have to go in and find all the places where the font is defined in the original style-sheet and then overwrite it piece by piece, but in a well-written theme the font is defined once at the very top and you can simply overwrite it the way we did just know, by just typing in a new font family. Changing the font family of a website can make a huge difference in how the website appears in what message it communicates to the visitor. Choosing the right font family for your site is important, and no matter what people say, there is no such thing as a right or wrong font.

The font that fits with your message and communicates it well is the right font for your website.

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WordPress 3: Building Child Themes

45 video lessons · 33508 viewers

Morten Rand-Hendriksen
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  1. 6m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 34s
    3. What you need to know before watching this course
      1m 29s
    4. Getting the right tools for theme creation
      2m 50s
  2. 17m 2s
    1. What is a WordPress child theme and when should you use it?
      2m 38s
    2. Picking a parent theme
      3m 55s
    3. Making sure you have the Twenty Twelve parent theme
      1m 50s
    4. Creating and activating a basic child theme
      4m 20s
    5. Importing parent theme styles
      4m 19s
  3. 16m 2s
    1. Using the developer tools
      3m 53s
    2. Modifying existing styles
      4m 24s
    3. Adding space between paragraphs
      4m 7s
    4. Changing font family styles
      3m 38s
  4. 31m 47s
    1. Understanding the WordPress template hierarchy
      3m 12s
    2. Modifying existing templates
      2m 33s
    3. Moving the header image
      4m 29s
    4. Adding Related Posts feature to posts
      6m 26s
    5. Creating custom page templates
      5m 43s
    6. Using conditional statements for customized effects
      5m 41s
    7. Creating custom header, footer, and sidebar templates
      3m 43s
  5. 17m 5s
    1. Understanding the different index pages and what they do
      4m 6s
    2. Adding author, date, and time information to the index loop
      7m 15s
    3. Changing the appearance of category index pages
      5m 44s
  6. 43m 5s
    1. Introducing functions.php
      3m 24s
    2. Overriding existing functions
      3m 23s
    3. Adding pagination to index pages
      5m 49s
    4. Adding to existing functions
      3m 21s
    5. Adding a new footer menu to Twenty Twelve
      6m 24s
    6. Adding a new widgetized area to pages
      4m 9s
    7. Adding static content to the sidebar
      7m 44s
    8. Replacing existing functions
      2m 36s
    9. Adding a Google font through a function
      6m 15s
  7. 10m 24s
    1. Adding new featured image sizes
      5m 41s
    2. Adding featured images to posts and pages
      4m 43s
  8. 31m 1s
    1. Adding a welcome message to the front page
      1m 22s
    2. Displaying page content in an index page
      7m 42s
    3. Hooking in a featured image
      4m 34s
    4. Making the welcome message responsive
      6m 27s
    5. Restricting content to the first page of the blog
      4m 22s
    6. Adding a jQuery function to show or hide the welcome message
      6m 34s
  9. 10m 23s
    1. Adding a custom favicon
      3m 58s
    2. Adding a custom screenshot
      2m 29s
    3. Adding footer information
      3m 56s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. What to do when a child theme crashes your website
      4m 38s
    2. Updating parent and child themes
      2m 36s

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