Knowing how to adjust fonts in Kadence for WordPress is necessary to provide your readers with a good user experience. Many WordPress designers use fonts to enhance their brand or to make their site look unique, but the most important thing is to make your site legible and accessible.

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Screenshot of the typography section of the Kadence customizer

How to adjust fonts in Kadence

  1. Access the Customizer: To start, log in to your WordPress website dashboard. Navigate to ‘Appearance' and then click on ‘Customize'. This opens the WordPress Customizer, where you can make live edits to your site.
  2. Go to Typography Settings: In the Customizer, you'll find an option for ‘Typography'. Click on it. Kadence neatly organizes typography settings, allowing you to adjust font settings for different areas of your site like body text, headers, menus, etc.
  3. Choose the Area to Customize: Select the area where you want to change the font. For example, if you want to change the font of your main body text, look for ‘Base Font'. If it's the headers, then select the respective header (H1, H2, H3, etc.) typography settings.
  4. Select the Font and Customize: Once you've chosen the area to customize, you can select the font. Kadence offers a wide range of fonts to choose from, including hundreds of Google fonts. Click on the drop-down menu to see all available fonts. After selecting a font, you'll typically have options to adjust the font weight (how bold it is), style (italic, normal), and size. You can also choose the color that you want your fonts to be: for example, if you want all of your H2 headlines to be blue, you can assign the color here.
  5. Adjust Line Height and Letter Spacing: For a more polished look, you can also adjust the line height (the space between lines of text) and letter spacing (the space between individual letters).
  6. Preview and Publish: As you make changes, you can see a live preview of how they look on your site. This is a great feature because it lets you experiment and see the results in real time. Once you're happy with the way your fonts look, click ‘Publish' to save your changes.
  7. All of the settings in the customizer are global, meaning that they will be updated on every single page. You can override global settings on the individual pages.

The choice of font can significantly impact the readability and overall aesthetic of your WordPress site. I recommended that you keep font choices minimal‚ÄĒperhaps one font for your headers and another for your body text. Too many different fonts can make a site look cluttered and confuse your readers.

Also, consider the loading times; some fonts, especially the fancier ones, can slow down your site a bit. Kadence is great at optimizing for performance, but it's still something to keep in mind.

Adjusting fonts in Kadence for Mobile Devices

Adjusting fonts specifically for mobile devices in the Kadence theme involves a similar process to adjusting them for the desktop version, with a few additional steps to ensure that your site looks great on smaller screens. Here's how you can do it:

Kadence is a responsive theme, meaning that it automatically adjusts the sizes of the elements of a site so that they appear correctly on mobile. But many times the headings may break in the middle of a word, so it's always a good idea to check your site on a mobile device and make your changes to fix these issues.

  1. Access the Customizer: First, log in to your WordPress dashboard. Go to ‘Appearance' and then ‘Customize' to open the WordPress Customizer.
  2. Navigate to Typography Settings: In the Customizer, find the ‘Typography' section. This is where you can manage all font-related settings.
  3. Select the Area to Customize: Choose the area where you want to adjust the font (like body, headers, or menu). You'll typically have options for different aspects of typography like font family, size, weight, style, etc.
  4. Adjust Font Size for Mobile: When you're adjusting font sizes, Kadence often provides responsive controls. These are usually represented by desktop, tablet, and mobile icons. By selecting the mobile icon, you can set a specific font size for mobile devices. This allows you to fine-tune how text looks on smaller screens, ensuring readability and a good user experience.
  5. Fine-Tune Other Font Attributes if Needed: Similarly, you can adjust line height and letter spacing for mobile views. This is particularly important as text can appear very different on a mobile device compared to a desktop screen.
  6. Use the Live Preview for Mobile: The Customizer in WordPress allows you to preview your site as it would appear on desktop, tablet, and mobile devices. Use the mobile view icon (usually represented by a small mobile phone icon) to see how your font adjustments look in real-time on a mobile device.
  7. Always check on an actual phone! It will probably look different from the mobile customizer on a desktop computer!
  8. Publish Your Changes: Once you're satisfied with how your fonts look on mobile, click ‘Publish' to save your changes.

Always check how your site looks on various devices, especially after making changes like font size settings. Mobile responsiveness is crucial for user experience and for SEO purposes, as search engines often The goal with mobile typography is clarity and readability. Since mobile screens are smaller, fonts might need to be slightly larger, and spacing may need to be adjusted to ensure your text is easy to read on the go.

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