The font style in your website makes a great impact to the viewers, whether they want to hang around to see more or not at all. There are tons of fonts out there but there are only few fonts that you can use to make sure your website looks perfect in any browser.
Here are 5 best web safe fonts that you can use with CSS stylesheets.
Tahoma is a version of Verdana with slightly tighter letter spacing. This font is very readable at small sizes.
Century Gothic is a clean, spacious web font that gives your website a sleek modern look. It is a rounded font but still preserves its geometric look common to the early 20th century typefaces.
The Georgia font is designed to give sturdy yet elegant and open forms to your design. The original Georgia family included four fonts such as regular, italic, bold, and bold italic while the Georgia Pro and Georgia Pro Condensed includes 10 fonts, which are: Light, Regular, Semibold, Bold and Black, small capitals, ligatures, fractions, old style figures, lining tabular figures, and lining proportional figures.
Because of sense of elegance, Bodoni MT is commonly used for many personal, professional or business purposes. Bodoni MT is a classic version of the modern style serif first produced by Monotype.
This font is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation and was specifically designed to address the challenges of on-screen display. The fair width and spacing of Verdana’s character makes it more compatible with on-screen display.
The Font Family
A Font Family holds several prioritized typeface that serves as a “fallback” system. Which means, if the browser does not support a certain typeface, it will try the next font positioned in the font family? These typefaces have different weights and classifications that are designed to work together. Basically, there are two types of font family name such as the family-name (i.e. “times”, “courier”, “arial”) and the generic-family (“serif”, “sans-serif”, “cursive”, “fantasy”, “monospace”).The values are usually separated by a comma to indicate that they are alternatives. Remember that the font family is one of the basic properties of a page, so it is important to actually specify a list of font family names and / or generic family names.
There are hundreds of available fonts today but the above mentioned are proven and tested to be more readable and compatible with a wide variety of devices, browsers, and operating systems. If you want to be more creative, then non-system fonts are the best one for you. However, you have to understand the number of methods on how to use non-system fonts on a website.