WordPress.com now offers fancier fonts with Typekit

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WordPress Typekit team up
The Happiness Engineers at Automattic have teamed up with the Typekit team to offer a new, easy to use interface for integrating Typekit fonts with WordPress.com blogs.

Lance Willett posted on the WordPress.com blog about the new service, which they are calling the Custom Design upgrade. The upgrade costs $30 per year for access to 50+ Typekit fonts and the handy interface that allows users to implement them without using CSS.

The Custom Design upgrade is getting its own submenu under the Appearance tab in WordPress. Fonts are being combined with the previously available Custom CSS section. The Font Editor allows you to customize by font, style, and size in three groups: by site title, headings, and body text. There is also a live preview below the selectors so you can instantly see the changes.

Before this integration between WordPress.com and Typekit, using custom Typekit fonts required manually editing CSS in WordPress and a $24 annual Typekit subscription.

The close relationship between Typekit and Automattic isn’t too surprising, especially considering Matt Mullenweg is listed in the “Our Investors & Advisors” section of Typekit’s website. However, I’m sure other font companies are quite envious of the near 20 million potential new customers Typekit just got.

The Typekit blog post of the announcement includes a demo video, so +1 to them, and feel free to take a peak after the jump. Would you like to see a service like this ported to WordPress.org, perhaps bundled with the Jetpack plugin or similar? Let us know in the commments.

5 thoughts on “WordPress.com now offers fancier fonts with Typekit

  1. This is an awesome development. Hopefully something similar will be making its way to self-installed versions of WordPress too… .

  2. Sigh. This is bittersweet. I love that they’re doing more things like this, but the more they run from the free model the less they’ll be considered the best platform and the more traction systems like Tumblr get. Also, for $30 a year why not just get your own hosting and run WP with all the plugins in the world available to you? Sometimes WordPress.com makes moves that don’t make sense to me.

    • WordPress.com are quite good at convincing techphobes that self-hosting is a scary thing which you basically need to be an IT expert to do, conveniently ignoring the existence of one-click installs and automatic upgrades. These days you can set up and maintain a wordpress blog without even having to deal with FTP, but not everyone can be bothered to explore other options and would rather stick with what they know.

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