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How to Add Google Web Fonts in WordPress Themes the “Right” way

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Do you want to add Google web fonts in your WordPress theme?

Google fonts allow you to easily use beautiful web fonts on your WordPress website. You can use them to improve your website’s typography, user experience, and aesthetics.

This article will show you how to add Google web fonts to WordPress themes properly.

Adding Google Web Fonts to your WordPress theme

Here is a brief overview of topics we’ll cover in this guide.

Finding the Best Google Fonts for Your WordPress Theme

The first thing you need to do is find the Google fonts that you like. Simply visit the Google Fonts website and browse through the library.

Google Fonts

When you find a web safe font that you like, go ahead and click on it to view different styles available.

You can select the styles you would like to use on your website.

Select font styles

Next, click on the ‘View Selected Families’ button, which will open a sidebar.

From here, you will see the usage instructions under the section ‘Use on the web’.

Usage instructions

You will see that there are two different tabs for adding the font to your site

The first is the Link method, which is the recommended standard way of adding web fonts.

The second tab uses the @import CSS method that allows you to load the fonts via your CSS stylesheet.

We will show you how to use each of these methods and what are there pros and cons.

Note: For some of these methods, you’ll need to edit your WordPress theme files. You can do that by connecting to your website using an FTP client or the File Manager app under your hosting control panel.

Once connected, you need to visit the /wp-content/themes/Your-Theme-Name/ folder. From there, you’ll find theme files that you may need to edit for this tutorial.

Theme folder

For more details, see our tutorial on how to copy and paste code snippets in WordPress.

Method 1. Adding Google Fonts to Your Theme Using Plugin

For this method, we’ll be using a WordPress plugin to load Google Fonts.

First, you need to install and activate the Fonts Plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit the Appearance » Customize page to launch theme customizer. From here, you’ll see the new Fonts Plugin tab.

Fonts plugin tab

Clicking on it will show you plugin options.

You can choose to use Google Fonts for different areas of your website.

Font settings

Alternately, you can also just choose to load a font for your WordPress theme.

Simply switch to Advanced Settings » Load Fonts Only tab.

Load fonts only

From here you can choose Google Fonts that you want to load for your WordPress theme.

Simply type in the font name and then select it.

Select font

Once you are finished, don’t forget to click on the Publish button to save your changes.

Now, if you used plugin’s advanced features to assign fonts for different areas of your website, then those will work automatically.

On the other hand, if you opted to load fonts only, then you will need to add custom CSS rules for them. For instance, here is how you would load a font for the paragraph element throughout your website.

p { 
font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif;

Method 2. Adding Google Web Fonts to Your Theme’s Header

This method is the easiest way to add Google Fonts directly to your WordPress theme.

Simply edit the header.php file for your WordPress theme or child theme. After that, copy and paste the Link code before your WordPress theme stylesheet link code.

Here is how it would look like:

<link rel="preconnect" href="">
<link rel="preconnect" href="" crossorigin>
<link href=";800&display=swap" rel="stylesheet">
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="YOUR THEME STYLESHEET" media="screen">

Basically the goal is to put the font request as early as possible. This allows user’s browser to download fonts before rendering the page.

Once you have done that, you can use the font in your theme’s CSS file:

h1 {
    font-family: 'Open Sans',  sans- serif;

Method 3. Add Google Fonts in Theme’s Stylesheet

Fore this method, we’ll import the font CSS in our WordPress theme’s main CSS file.

Simply edit style.css file in your WordPress theme’s root folder and add the code from the ‘@import’ tab to the top of the CSS file.

@import url(';800&display=swap');

This is how it looked in our demo website’s style.css file.

Import font CSS

Important: Make sure that you add the @import line at the top of your CSS file.

Method 4. Properly Enqueue Google Fonts in WordPress

The first two methods we mentioned earlier require you to directly add fonts by editing your WordPress theme files.

This works well if you are using a child theme to make all your changes.

On the other hand, if you are making these changes to the main theme, then your changes will be lost the next time you update the theme.

An easier fix for that, is to programmatically add some code that automatically loads Google fonts for your WordPress theme to use.

For this you to add some custom code snippet to a site-specific plugin or by using a custom code plugin. For details, see our tutorial on how to add custom code in WordPress.

Simply add the following code snippet to your WordPress website.

function wpb_add_google_fonts() {
wp_enqueue_style( 'wpb-google-fonts', ',400italic,700italic,400,700,300', false ); 
add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wpb_add_google_fonts' );

Note: Don’t forget to replace the URL with the URL for Google fonts you want to add.

That’s all, WordPress will now use the Link method to automatically fetch Google Fonts you added.

You can confirm it by viewing your website’s source code, there you’ll see your Google fonts stylesheet added in the footer section of your website.

Fonts loaded

Bonus Section: How Web Fonts Affect WordPress Speed

Google fonts load extremely fast because they are served via Google’s massive CDN network with server locations around the globe.

Since these fonts are used by millions of websites, there is a good chance that the users may already have them stored in their browser’s cache.

This reduces their performance impact on your website speed. You can further reduce this impact by using only one or two web fonts in your design.

For more tips, see our complete guide on WordPress performance and speed for beginners.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to easily add Google Web Fonts to your WordPress theme. You may also want to see our guide on making a custom WordPress theme from scratch without coding and our list of the best free website hosting services.

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  2. Jiří Vaněk says

    It’s great that you provided information on how to load fonts locally on a website. I struggled with speed for a long time and tried to optimize everything. This was the first site where someone advised me to load fonts locally, and it really works. It was just milliseconds, but even so, the site’s speed improved. Sometimes those milliseconds make the difference between green and orange in PageSpeed Insights or Google Search Console.

  3. Armando says

    I noticed that this video/instructions are dated 2015 and the screenshots, etc. are different. When I tried to embed the Google Fonts code in my header.php file as shown, it threw an error. So I’m thinking maybe this tutorial needs to be updated? Not sure, but… Thanks.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thank you for your feedback, we’ll be sure to take a look into updating this article when able.


  4. Wout says

    Thanks for the article! Please replace http: in… with https: in the function to enqueue Google Fonts to enable an encrypted link to…

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Thanks for pointing this out, we will be sure to update the links as soon as we are able :)


  5. Renee says

    I got the font to show up but can’t figure out how to get it bold.
    Here’s an example of what i did in the css

    font-family:”Open Sans”, sans-serif;

    in the link i added to my header.php i added this:

    i tried subbing 700 for bold but no luck…
    any ideas?

    thanks in advance

    • Isaac Anderson says

      Make sure you check your desired font-weights on Google fonts after selecting them in the “customize” tab.

  6. josh says

    Huh? Wtf does any of this mean? How do I make it so that I can just add a google font in my post or page?

  7. Shubham Kumar says

    What do you think about importing Google web Fonts using JavaScript asynchronously as mentioned over here :


  8. Jordan says

    One quick question – I looked up the code reference for wp_enqueue_style(). Its first argument is a string that denotes the name of the stylesheet. In your example, you use ‘wpb-google-fonts’ for the first argument. How can I tell what to put here for my site?

  9. pete rome says

    where do I paste stuff in the header exactly? always see that but people never explain exactly where it is.

  10. Carla DeLauder says

    What does ‘false’ do in this function? Other enqueued functions don’t include it.

    Thank you.

    • Kev says

      that’s the argument for header or footer. Since best practice is to put [almost] all scripts in the header it defaults to ‘true’ => footer, whereas ‘false’ would mean the NOT in the footer, but in the header instead.

      Unfortunately, font scripts stop everything else from loading, so putting them in the header sucks a litlte bit, which is why this article talks about making sure you’re only including the fonts you’ll actually use. On the flip side, putting them in the footer can cause default fonts like arial to load momentarily on your screen during painting until the webfont gets loaded. It’s a horrible caveat, but it is what it is.

      A practice I’m working into my workflow is to conditionally load fonts based on their usage in the site. For example, maybe “bold” is only used in h2’s and h3’s in blog post templates (single.php), then I’ll write a conditional enqueue for the bold script to only be enqueued when on single.php template.

      Hope that helps.

      • Kev says

        Also, to note.

        By “bold” above, I meant a specific bold version of a font family. <= just a head's up.

  11. April says

    I’m using the Punch Fonts plugin to add google fonts but I am not sure how to just get only heading 1 for the desired font. I don’t need this font for headings 2-6 so I only want to use the google font for heading one. How do I write that in the parameter?

    Currently I’m using: Oleo+Script+Swash+Caps:400

  12. Melissa says


    I have tried all three methods but neither of them took effect completely. It seems that it only applies to certain elements and not to others that I specified with that font in the style sheet

    When I use the Element Inspector for the element where my Google Font is not applied, this is what I see:
    #site-title {
    font-family: \’Questrial\’, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;

    What do these mean \\ around my font? I mean, it looks like it is indicating an error but I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong? What could it be? Some code overriding mine, with higher priority? but where? how? Arghhhh it’s driving me nuts

  13. Ali Sajjad says

    Dear Editorial, i want to add all google web fonts in this site, and then want to use in my means,

    but i dont want to use too many links in header file. any other way?

  14. Samantha says

    Thank you so much for this post! For someone who has no formal html/css training, I was impressed with the simplicity of this post.

  15. Greg says

    Hi there,

    Using Genesis and the Parallax Pro theme…
    But a newb to things like php etc

    I added this code to the fuctions.php file as you insctructed:
    add_action( ‘genesis_meta’, ‘wpb_add_google_fonts’, 5);

    function wpb_add_google_fonts() {
    echo ”;

    The headers that use the font above remain unchanged.

    1. Am I right in assuming that the code above is the only thing that I add?
    2. Where exactly should the code be added – at the beginning or end of fuctions.php?
    2. Is there anything missing from the code?
    3. Should I be adding something to the style.css file?

    Appreciate your help

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Greg, seems alright to us. We think WordPress probably omitted the part from your code where you echoed font link. Yes you will need to use CSS to set style rules for selectors where you want to use your Google font.


  16. Tony Porto says

    None of the above is good enough, we all know “wp_enqueue_style( ‘google-font’)” is the “technically correct way to call a script, but in this case your <header will end up like this;

    FONT 1:
    FONT 2:
    FONT 3:
    FONT 4:

    No Good, it needs to be like this:

  17. Akmal says

    Where should i paste the above code? I could not find the last line of code anywhere in my header.php file? Can you please tell me step-wise?

  18. Sarah says

    Tried re-typing the following, and still nothing is changing;

    /* Import Fonts
    ———————————————————— */

    add_action( ‘genesis_meta’, ‘wpb_add_google_fonts’, 5);

    function wpb_add_google_fonts () {
    echo ‘’;

    /* Defaults

    It worked the first time. I’m so confused!
    Thanks for your help.

  19. Sarah says


    I was so proud of myself for copying the code and changing the font which, I found too large for my site. When I tried to change it to something else, I must have mixed something up, and only one font style continues to show, even when I play about with the codes. Feeling like a dunce now – I don’t talk tech. Can anyone help me? I’ve done it with and without the numbers in case they’re not actually part of it. Thanks. This is the latest that I entered…..

    /* Import Fonts
    ———————————————————— */

    1 add_action( ‘genesis_meta’, ‘wpb_add_google_fonts’, 5);
    3 function wpb_add_google_fonts() {
    4 echo ”;
    5 }

    /* Defaults
    ———————————————————— */

      • Sarah says

        No numbers, but I am missing something this time around. This is exactly what I have in my table;

        add_action( ‘genesis_meta’, ‘wpb_add_google_fonts’, 5);

        function wpb_add_google_fonts() {
        echo ”;

      • Sarah says

        It seems the code worked…..on one computer. It hasn’t taken on two others that I use.
        Can you please suggest why that might be the case?

        Thanks so much

  20. Karissa Skirmont says

    How can you use multiple Google Fonts in the functions.php ?

    I had this:

    //* Enqueue Google fonts
    add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'executive_google_fonts' );
    function executive_google_fonts() {
    	wp_enqueue_style( 'google-font', '//,700italic,400,700', array(), CHILD_THEME_VERSION );
    	wp_enqueue_style( 'google-font', '//,700italic,400,700', array(), CHILD_THEME_VERSION );

    But the Dancing Script wasn’t showing up font on my second computer or iPhone or tablet.
    I removed the Open Sans and it started working.

    • WPBeginner Support says

      @Karissa, the first argument in wp_enqueue_style function is the handle for the style script you are loading. Try this code instead:

      //* Enqueue Google fonts
      add_action( 'wp_enqueue_scripts', 'executive_google_fonts' );
      function executive_google_fonts() {
      	wp_enqueue_style( 'google-font', '//,700italic,400,700', array(), 20131111 );
      	wp_enqueue_style( 'google-font-2', '//,700italic,400,700', array(), 20131111 );


      • Karissa Skirmont says

        Nevermind, I figured out that I needed to use a link like this:


      • Karissa Skirmont says

        Ahh I see, I replied above before refreshing the page and seeing your reply.

        By using the link Google gives when you have multiple fonts selected, it produces it like that and you can more easily try out different fonts live on site.

  21. Chaitanya says

    Thank you so much!! Whenever I need any WordPress help, I come directly to wpbeginner as I know I would find a best solution here. You guys don’t know how much you have helped beginners like me, Appreciate you support :)
    Long Live WPBeginner…


    • pete rome says

      yeah way too much work on each method here and there shouldn’t be a need to add anything to the style sheet find a plugin

  22. mzilverberg says

    Something I missed here were the conditional comments to make Google’s webfonts work in IE8 and below if you request more than one font weight. For example:

    <link href=”,700″ rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css” />

    That’s why I created a function for loading fonts:

    My script also places the appropriate fallback urls within a conditional comment.
    With a few lines of code you could also make this work in functions.php in your WordPress theme.

      • Bruce Smith says

        To maintain WYSIWYG in the admin content editor. So that I see the same font face in the admin editor as on my web site.

        • Dan Merhar says

          I was actually wondering how to do the same thing (and this is the first result that popped up on Google).

          I know plug-ins exist to add Google Webfonts functionality to the WYSIWYG editor, but they bog it down like crazy. I’m going to look into it further and see if there’s an easy way to add a font or two.

  23. Marleen says

    Thanx a lot for sharing, I’m really happy with this. I’m a Genesis user and started using @import because it’s alraedy being done in the stylesheet. Feel much better about this solution.
    Happy 2013!

  24. jeff says

    In your code do I replace “YOUR THEME STYLESHEET” with something??
    mine is STYLE.CSS, or does it need to be a URL ??

  25. Charles says

    This is what I use…..

    Add this to your theme’s functions.php file:

    /* Load CSS Files
    		function load_theme_styles()
    			if (!is_admin()) {
    				$cssURL = get_template_directory_uri().'/css/';
    				$fontURL = '|Oswald';
    				// Registering New Styles	
    				wp_register_style('googleFont', $fontURL);					
    				wp_register_style('style', $cssURL.'/style.css', 'googleFont', '1.0', 'screen');
    				wp_register_style('print', $cssURL.'/print.css', 'googleFont', '1.0', 'print');
    				// Enqueing Styles
    	add_action('wp_enqueue_style', 'load_theme_styles');

    What do you think about this?

    • Chris Reynolds says

      This is the CORRECT way to add Google fonts. Always use wp_register_style/wp_enqueue_style

  26. Chris says

    Great article! I think it would be pretty cool if wordpress, by default, had Google Fonts included into it, but this seems easy enough. Thanks for explaining!

    • Editorial Staff says

      Google Fonts are great, but not everyone uses it (considering the amount of folks who use WordPress). WordPress has a 95% rule. If the feature would not satisfy 95% of the audience, then it is usually falls in the plugins category. However, sometimes exceptions are made. We can assure you that the Core WP team, will not make this into an exception though :)


  27. Aaron Crow says

    You rock man! Just what I was looking for! Thanks for putting up this post… I searched forever trying to find something about adding this to my theme. Glad I stumbled across your page.

  28. Anderson Curry says

    Great post and even if their is a plug-in to do this, it’s always better to learn the non – plugin way also.

  29. Brad says

    So obviously you dont accept using the several Google font plugins. I am going to have to revisit my css files in that case.

  30. sadhu says

    i dont understand the second part which is adding font to the genesis add action thing.. is that another method to add in google web font?

    and i know we dont have to incld all styles of the font, but the recommended method, which is|Oswald

    just for instance, what if i only want bold style for lora and light style for oswald, then how to combine the font styles?


  31. Gautam Doddamani says

    great tutorial…i actually use the wp google fonts plugin…would you recommend that plugin or doing the manual way as described above..which is efficient performance wise?

        • Pippin says

          Avoiding the google fonts plugin because it is a plugin is not a good reason at all. Using the plugin actually provides you with much more flexibility than including it in your theme, especially if you ever choose to change themes.

        • Editorial Staff says

          As far as I’m concerned, fonts in most cases are considered stylistic elements thus theme based, and they usually change when you switch to a different theme.

    • Editorial Staff says

      Konstantin, I totally agree with you. wp_enqueue_style function should always be used. That is what I tried doing first as suggested by Nathan Rice, in StudioPress’s article about Google Fonts. Except Google clearly states, that the font styles should be loaded before anything else. Using wp_enqueue_style and then printing them using wp_print_styles, this was printing the item after the main stylesheet was already loaded. That was the reason why I had to hook into genesis_meta() hook. Anyways, totally agree with your thoughts on your article.


      • Japh says

        I’m a little late to this, but I wanted to mention that you could still use wp_enqueue_style, just set the priority higher so that they are loaded first :)

    • Bob R says

      Great tutorial. One observation though: first image in the article was meant to show the @import tab, wasn’t it?

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