Can I add different fonts that are not already on the dropdown list? Is it possible?

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Posted 6 years ago

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Angela W

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I've added this suggestion to our Share an Idea area of this Community. I'll be sure to share this with our product development team. We'll be prioritizing this type of work based on feedback from the Community. If you're seeing this idea and would like to see more fonts, please use the +1 button to vote for this idea. We'll be providing updates to keep everyone informed of the status of this idea.

Thank you,

Angela
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+1 -- Please hurry! It should be a flexible input that a user can input specific to his/her website that rides along as a part of their website data, because some fonts are customized/proprietary.
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+1 I so love this idea.  I am an artist and need my fonts!  I just don't know where to find the +1 button to click on it!

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Sorry Jeanni7165,

They change it to say Like, up at the top.

Thanks

Drew
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This really needs to be fixed asap because the limited fonts in the drop down menu really leave a lot to be desired. My site doesn't look anything like I wanted it to because of this major flaw.
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Hi Naomi1889,  I understand your frustration as there have been times when I've wanted to use different fonts.  If you have not read the post above from Aaron Hopkins, it does a good job of explaining some of the reasons there are not more fonts. If you have a special font that you want to use, you may want to research the use of entered your text with html and using CSS code to modify the font, or use a program such as MS Publisher, or MS Powerpoint, to create the text/font that you want, and then save it as an image file. This method will guarantee that it does not default to some other font when viewed on certain computer/browsers.

Mike
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The lack of fonts is depressing.
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PLEASE - this is RIDICULOUS! The font selection is pathetic especially when you are building a site for an ARTIST!! MORE FONTS!!
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I have used Sitbuilder for YEARS! and keep expecting promised upgrades and additions, Never come! Homestead has become more boring and limited as time goes on. And Customer support isd totally useless.
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I know this doesn't help much but I make all text in Photoshop where I have thousands of fonts then just save it as a .png ... completely frustrating but that's just what I do to get around not having the fonts I need.
Though in Homesteads defense, for what you pay, it's not to bad. if you get a domain from Go Daddy and then set up hosting from Blue host sure there are a lot more options and widgets but you spend $500 or more a year. plus Go Daddy is constantly spamming you with discounts that hardly every apply.
Homestead is a quick and dirty way to get your site up fast.
so they don't have tons of fonts... oh well you get what you pay for I guess.
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I did some research on this on my own and discovered why they don't have more fonts.
Adding more fonts is actually very complex and here's why.
lets say you like the font Popojejo so you make a nice HTML page with that font.
when I go to your page I don't have Popojejo on my computer so I won't see that font I will see what ever default font the browsers supplies. this will mess up your page design significantly. if you don't believe me check out your Html site on a mobile device and watch what happens.
the way to fix that by the way is by adding a css that has font modifiers in it.
( as a side learning Css will help you understand the font issue much better than I am explining it here)
So to change the fonts Homestead is going to have to download the font you want on every computer in the world or... change their format to PHP instead of HTML/Java script.
PHP for those who don't know will change Homestead significantly. they won't be drag and drop anymore and you the web designer are going to have to go back to school to learn how to use it. Homestead would become much more like word press. PHP is much more powerful than html and can do some pretty incredible things but it's not for novices and it's it takes some time to learn it.
Right now Homestead is doing everything on the client side so it can be quick and dirty site builder. start today and be up and running today! click and drag and drop your done.
PHP is all server side and though when you combine it with MYSQL your going to have a much more powerful engine to work with your not going to have the drag and drop you want, you can't upload from your computer as easily, your going to have to learn a lot.
at this point you mights well download appachi and host your site yourself. again by that point your a hard core web designer and you will have left homested far behind.
so bottom line no new fonts without changing the way everything is done. its not Homesteads fault it's the nature of how fonts are displayed in Html and Java.
if you want a new font make it in Photoshop save it as a .png and upload it to your page.
Hope that helped everyone :)
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As I said 9 months ago but everyone just skips over it and decides to say how unhappy they are about not having more fonts!!

If you do your own research on this on this rather than just whining about it you will discover why they don't have more fonts.

It has nothing to do with Lazy employees , corporate greed or even crazy government conspiracies and believe it or not it's not even Obama's fault !

Adding more fonts under the current HTML format is impossible and here's this is the reason why.

It has to do with how the internet really works as apposed to how most of you think it really works.

first the internet isn't coming from one all mighty computer housed under a government building somewhere it's actually thousands of computers all over the world. some are in great big building dedicated to nothing else like blizzard and EA games,
but I would be willing to bet that most of the computers that make up a vast majority of the internet are sitting on peoples desks in some bodies home somewhere. Those computers are called servers. put them all together on the biggest party line you have ever seen and it's called the internet.

now when I want to see a web page on my computer, I send out a signal called an Http request,
the server ( or computer sitting on someones desk somewhere) receiving this request bundles up the information I want to see and sends it to my computer in a package. My computer will open up this package and display all the information it contains however, !!

Lets say you like the font "Popojejo" so you make a nice HTML page with that font. When you look at your page it's beautiful! because your computer has the font you want to use.

when I get the bundle of information from your server and I see your HTML page my computer doesn't have the "Popojejo" font ....so what happens?

I wont see what ever custom font you put on your web page it will only work for you

I wan't to say that again for all the people who are only going to brows through this and then underneath this post ask why they can't add more font!

NO ONE ELSE BUT YOU WILL SEE YOUR CUSTOM FONT AND IT WILL SCREW UP YOUR WEBSITE!!!!!!

I will see what ever default font the browsers supplies. this will mess up your page design significantly.

if you don't believe me check out your Html site on a mobile device and watch what happens.

the way to fix that by the way is by adding a Css is a scripting language that changes the way HTML is displayed and it has font modifiers in it.
( as a side learning Css will help you understand the font issue much better than I am explaining it here)

But hold on you say I go to sites all the time and I see fonts that's arnt on my computer !! what gives ?

Ahhh you have just asked the question that will take you from drag and drop HTML site builders to a much bigger world of internet programming with languages like PHP

The only way for Homestead to make custom fonts work in HTML is to download the font you want on every computer in the world .... ( obviously not going to happen) or... change their format to PHP instead of HTML/Java script.

PHP for those who don't know will change Homestead significantly.

Fist let me give you a simple idea about PHP. just like HTML when my server recieves an HTML request it puts togeather a package to be shown to your computer only the difference is I don't let your computer do anything but display what my computer is showing .... so my computer has a custom font and since it is my computer that will be displaying the information I only need to have the custom font on my computer.

here's the down side to something like PHP
as of right now the site builders that use it won't be drag and drop and you the web designer are going to have to go back to school to learn how to use it.

Homestead would become much more like word press.( in fact I think they are a part of word press now)

PHP is much more powerful than html and can do some pretty incredible things but it's not for novices and it's it takes some time to learn it.

Right now Homestead is doing everything on the client side ( their server sends the package to the clients computer and lets their computer do all the heavy lifting ) so it can be quick and dirty site builder. start today and be up and running today! click and drag and drop your done.

PHP is all server side ( the server does all the heavy lifting and the client just sits back and enjoys the show ) and though when you combine it with MYSQL your going to have a much more powerful engine to work with your not going to have the drag and drop you want, you can't just upload from your computer with the click of a button your going to need some kind to FTP ( file transfer protocal) your going to have to learn stuff.

At this point you might as well download Apache and host your site yourself.
what's Apache you ask? to that I answer by saying it's time you started your journey go to Google my children and seek out the knowledge you so desperately desire.

again by that point your a hard core web designer and you will have left homestead far behind.

so bottom line no new fonts without changing the way everything is done.

its not Homesteads fault it's the nature of how fonts are displayed in Html and Java.
if you want a new font make it in Photoshop save it as a .png and upload it to your page. as an image

Hope that helped everyone :)
if you have any more questions reugarding this subject please feel free to go to Google or bing or what ever search engine you use and learn more about it.

now watch the next post under this one is going to be something like hey you people need to add more fonts ... how come their arn't new fonts..... to which I just shake my head in sadness and think there is no hope for humanity LOL

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