Web font best practices

28 May 2022

Prefer using system fonts. But if you want to use custom web fonts, these tips will help you.

1. Download the font files

Try to use .woff2 or .woff files because they're lighter and faster than other font formats. google-webfonts-helper is a good website to download them.

2. Preload

If you don't preload your font files, they might not be downloaded soon enough. To preload, put the following link tag in all head tags of all pages.


3. Use in CSS

@font-face {
  font-family: 'Your Font';
  src: local('Your Font'), url('/fonts/your-font-bold.woff2') format('woff2');
  font-weight: 700;
  font-display: swap;

4. Cache

You should always cache your font files to improve performance. Caching is different for each platform. Here's an example for Vercel.

  "headers": [
      // Cache all woff2 files inside the `fonts` folder
      "source": "/fonts/(.*).woff2",
      "headers": [
          "key": "Cache-Control",
          // Cache for a year
          "value": "public, max-age=31536000, immutable"

If you use Tailwind CSS

const { fontFamily } = require('tailwindcss/defaultTheme')

module.exports = {
  theme: {
    extend: {
      fontFamily: {
        sans: ['Your Font', ...fontFamily.sans],
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