Using web fonts allows you a great range of freedoms from the normal web safe palette however this does come at a price. Loading web fonts does add to the loading time of your site, albeit marginally, as the fonts must be downloaded from their source (such as Google if using GoogleFonts) unless the browser has previously downloaded and stored them in the cache. Another common issue is the feared FOUT (Flash of unstyled text) which occurs when the WebFont is loading (downloading) and the fallback and often less pleasant font from the stylesheet is displayed for a second.
There is are also WordPress plugins which allows you to combine and minify, for example Better WordPress Minify.
As mentioned in our blog on optimization the best way to view a breakdown of load times is using a waterfall. With this you’ll be able to see everything down to each JS script loading. Yottaa says that anything over 200ms load time should be a red flag and needs optimization.
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