According to WordPress’
official download counter,
the open-source blogging
software has been downloaded
more than 6.6 million
times, as of this writing.
Chances are, if you are running
WordPress, your site has a
lot in common with some
other sites out there. And that
raises an important question:
How do you make your site
stand out from the crowd?
One way, without labor intensive
hacks, is by altering
your website’s fonts.
If the default font in your
WordPress installation is
leaving you uninspired, and
the concept of tweaking CSS
files seems a bit too daunting,
try the following WordPress
plugins to dress up your
design and have some fun.
Facelift Image Replacement (FLIR): FLIR for WordPress implements Facelift
Image Replacement (FLIR) by Cory Mawhorter. It is in rapid development and at this time
almost completely configurable from the admin panel. Several freeware fonts are provided
with FLIR for WordPress. The plugin is SEO-friendly and only renders the image in the
AnyFont: AnyFont allows for the use of any truetype or opentype font for post titles, menu
items or anywhere else you want to use a custom font in your theme design. The plugin supports
both PHP4 @ GD or PHP5 & Imagick or GD. A TinyMCE button has been added to the
post/page editor in version 0.9, which allows you to insert some AnyFont-styled text into your
posts and pages, too.
WP-Cufon: This plugin makes the process of implementing Cufon (an image replacement
technique) into your WordPress blog an absolute breeze. Simply convert your font files and upload
them into the plugins directory and you’re done. WordPress admins can even enable objects
they want to replace in the WordPress Administration Menu. WP-Cufon is useful for both
image replacement (e.g. replacing a logo with text) and SEO. http://bit.ly/dnttud
All-in-One Cufon: With All-in-One Cufon, you can replace standard fonts with whatever
font you desire. The plugin automatically detects uploaded fonts, offers a preview of uploaded
fonts, detection of the fontFamily parameter and provides an option to enable only those fonts
you really want to use. http://bit.ly/9Kh64r
Font Burner Control Panel: Add any of the 1,000+ free fonts available on the Font Burner
website (fontburner.com) directly to your WordPress theme. Find a font you like and simply
enter the name into this plugin and your weblog headlines will be instantly transformed. This
plugin is a great option if you’re seeking richer typography but do not know how to use sifr or
Typekit Fonts: This plugin allows for the embedding and use of Typekit fonts in your WP
or WP MY website without having to edit the theme. Typekit offers a service that allows
you to select from a range of hundreds of high quality fonts for your WordPress installation.
The fonts are applied using the font-face standard, so they are standards compliant, fully licensed
and accessible. To use this plugin you need to sign up with Typekit, install this plugin
and then either configure some Typekit selectors or define your own CSS rules.