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WordPress Theme Authors Are Moving to Host Fonts Locally

Posted by WP Tavern on July 28, 2022 at 1:03 pm
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The WordPress Themes team is poised to change its guidelines on remote hosting Google Fonts and is once again strongly urging theme authors to host their fonts locally. Yoast-sponsored contributor Ari Stathopoulos published an update today to answer some questions the team has been receiving about fonts in themes: Historically, WordPress themes hosted in the themes repository were not allowed to use third-party resources. This included images, javascript files, CSS files, webfonts, and other assets loaded from a remote server.Google fonts was an exception to this rule because, at the time, there was no reliable way to implement locally-hosted webfonts, and typography is an integral part of a theme’s design.Google fonts, however, can no longer be considered an exception to this guideline because of the GDPR and privacy implications. The team is responding to a recent German court case, which fined a website owner for violating the GDPR by using Google-hosted webfonts. This case spurred a few other threats against website owners and many questions for the Themes team. What was previously a strong recommendation from is now a warning that guidelines will be changing imminently. “A theme should not be allowed to use external resources,” Stathopoulos said. “The guidelines right now allow for remote…

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