4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Fonts for your websiteAuthor: Faizan Nawaz Khan
Choosing the right font can make your website look rich and refined. The font that you choose even gives your text a definite personality. Almost certainly, if you are choosing your fonts depending upon just what appeals to you at the time, chances are you will make a few mistakes. So given below are some common mistakes people make when choosing fonts for their websites which you can avoid.
1. Too many cooks spoil the broth
Many a times when trying to emphasize various aspects of your content it is tempting to use special fonts to draw attention. The problem here is that the more fonts you use on a page the "messier" it appears. So when deciding on which fonts to use just pick two, one for the headings and one for regular text.
2. Illegible fonts
What you may fancy may be actually hard for your visitor to read. Make sure the fonts used for your content is easy to read. Don't use cursive or other flowing fonts. You may save these for a logo or some graphical elements done by designers who make sure they're done correctly and are readable.
3. Not using "Web Safe" fonts
Your computer can merely display the fonts that have been installed locally, so if you use a Mac and your visitor uses a PC the fonts which are locally available are different so your website may display differently.
Two ways to ensure your website displays in the same way for all:
A. Make use of "Web Safe Fonts", fonts that are universal to all devices.
B. You can install the font to your website host server - this one is a bit trickier so talk to your website developer.
4. Coloured text on Coloured background
So this may not really be a "font" issue but it falls into the same category because it relates to the text on your site. Be very careful about using a coloured text onto a coloured background, it can be disastrous if you aren't well versed in colour theory and what colours pop against each other. Typically, analogous colours when used for background and text are not easy to read; especially because sometimes colours display differently on different monitors.
Make sure to follow these simple rules to choose fonts for your website. It will definitely provide a more polished look to your page, even as it would still allow you to instil an outstanding identity in a very subtle way. One may also consider getting hold of some of the best website designers in town to bring about a change in the appearance of your website. A custom web design company can work wonders for the simplistic yet unsurpassed persona of your website. This would be done keeping in mind your requirements as a company, service or products that you offer. They would make sure a customized design for your website which is aptly suitable only for you.