Local Google Fonts

Description

Host your used Google fonts on your server and make your site more GDPR compliant 💯.

About 50 mio* sites use Google Fonts and in January 2022 a German court has ruled that using Google Fonts is a violation of Europe’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

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Screenshots

Installation

  1. Upload the entire local-google-fonts folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Go to Settings => Google Fonts and decide which fonts should get loaded locally

FAQ

Will this load Google Fonts automatically?

Yes, if you check the option to load fonts automatically. Otherwise each font set must be manually triggered.

Is it Legal to Self-Host Google Fonts?

Yes. The open source fonts from Google Fonts are published under a licenses that allow you to use them on any website, no matter if it’s commercial or personal.

How to check if my site is loading Google Fonts?

It’s easy to check if your site is loading fonts from a third party source (check 2nd screenshot above):

  1. Open the dev tools (Cmd + Opt + I on Mac or F12, or Ctrl + Shift + I on Windows)
  2. Go to the Network tab and select the Fonts type
  3. Reload your page to see all fonts loaded on your site.
  4. Check the Domain column if it contains domains from a third party (Google is fonts.gstatic.com)

If you host your fonts locally with Local Google Fonts there should be no fonts loaded from the Google servers.

My fonts do not show up on the settings page, what can I do?

Fonts are discovered once they are used. Try to browse your front end first and get back to the settings page.

My fonts are not replaced, what can I do?

The plugin currently only checks fonts embedded via wp_enqueue_style if you use Google fonts via @import you have to change that first.

The Divi theme still loads a Google font?

The Divi theme has a custom implementation of Google Fonts. To use LGF with Divi disable Improve Google Fonts Loading on the Performance Settings page of Divi.

Why are some characters displayed in the fallback font?

You may have loaded a subset which doesn’t included required characters. Check additional subsets on the settings page and reload your font.

Reviews

October 5, 2022
So sad that this plug-in is needed at all ... thanks to GDPR and german courts, unnecessarily destroying shared content from one source ... But at least this plug-in helps a lot - without having the need to get into deep-coding. Not all google-fonts available are supported yet, but they are working on it.
September 20, 2022
Just the thing I needed. Works without any problems and saved me so much time for changing all client projects. Many thanks!
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Contributors & Developers

“Local Google Fonts” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

“Local Google Fonts” has been translated into 5 locales. Thank you to the translators for their contributions.

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Changelog

0.18

  • do not use remove_query_arg to strip args as it can break some URLs

0.17

  • remove ver query argument from URLs as they are added by WordPress. Please review settings as fonts may have to be reloaded
  • introduced upgrade class for future updates
  • added: welcome message after plugin activation
  • added Codeable banner
  • fixed: PHP warning on missing key

0.16

  • using absolute path to support Google Fonts in Mailster.

0.15

  • using custom mirror to prevent down times

0.14

  • added info if https://google-webfonts-helper.herokuapp.com/ is down

0.13

  • improved: better explanations on errors.
  • improved: Higher propriety for wp_resource_hints to catch them all. Fixes #8
  • implemented an alias method for no longer supported fonts.
  • fixed: Syntax error on older PHP versions

0.12

  • Do not handle fonts sources with more than 30 families (why would you need that?)
  • Add option to choose subsets for each font family
  • Disable functionality in the customizer

0.11

  • fixed: problem on customizer in Neve theme
  • fixed wrong domain on translations
  • update F.A.Q. for DIVI theme

0.10

  • fixed: rending issue on some fonts (please reload fonts if you use one of these: “exo-2”, “inter”, “jost” or “montserrat”)
  • fixed: some styles are not recognized and therefore not loaded.
  • improved: info about loaded font files on the admin screen
  • added timestamp to loaded font files to prevent cached fonts get loaded.

0.9

  • new: options to load fonts automatically

0.8

  • updated required WP version to 4.6
  • remove Text Domain header
  • added missing translatable strings

0.7

  • better handling of multiple “family” arguments in the URL

0.6

  • loading all variants if none explicit are requested
  • cache API requests
  • respect font-display
  • removes DNS prefetch and preconnect to Google server from page header

0.5

  • added option to flush everything

0.4

  • you may have to reload fonts so please check the settings page
  • improved handling of fonts
  • only loading required font files
  • supports now different types of variant declarations
  • add variants to list only if available in the source
  • added some css to improve settings page
  • you may have to reload fonts so please check the settings page

0.3

  • add explanation info on settings page

0.2

  • show info when no font is found
  • better handling of translated strings

0.1

  • initial release