Give your website new life with Facelift and Free Fonts

Written on 30 June, 2009 by WebCentral
Categories: Web Design & Content | Tags: advertising, email marketing, web design

One of the many concerns website owners have is that the web-safe fonts which we are bound to use on our website, because of web standards and policies, look dull and lifeless! Wouldn’t it be great if we could use those interesting font styles we see in Word, on our website? Welcome to Facelift and FFonts.

The problem with using these special, more interesting fonts we see in Word and other graphics programs is that we can’t just set the font name in style sheets, because not everyone on the internet is bound to have that font – in fact it’s more likely they won’t.

Normally, a web designer needs to create images to place into the website in place of where the standard text would be. This way, you get the font style you want, and everyone can see it.

Perfect; right? No? … So what’s the problem?

Web designers cost money. Replacing all the images throughout your website, plus standard consultation fees, might end up costing hundreds! Why pay hundreds when technology is available to make changes like this with ease?

Introducing Facelift

“Facelift Image Replacement (or FLIR, pronounced fleer) is an image replacement script that dynamically generates image representations of text on your web page in fonts that otherwise might not be visible to your visitors.” – Facelift website

This means you can configure Facelift to generate any text placed in certain elements of the page (for example; headings, paragraphs, span elements and more) with images of the chosen font style and text, you entered on the page.

To update an image generated with Facelift, you need only edit the text on the page and Facelift will automatically update with a new image, or even a new font type if you so desire!

So you have the text to image generation script going and you realise you don’t have that great a catalogue of font types on your computer. Where to now?

Introducing FFonts (Free Fonts)

FFonts is one of the largest catalogues of free TrueType Fonts (TrueType Fonts (TTF) are required font file types for Facelift). FFonts has an impressive list of categories to assist you in finding your next new font and also has search functionality to help you find the font you are looking for.

One really great feature of FFonts over the other free font catalogues available is that when you click on a font to preview, you can change what text is showed in the preview area for the font to be that of whatever you type in. This is great to see if the font will work for you without having to go to the effort of actually having to install it on your computer, insert into your design (again, requiring the designer) and then into Facelift.

Just click a font to go to the font preview page and try it out!

Take the next step

Now, armed with your arsenal of free image font replacement technology and free TrueType Font styles, you can tailor your website to look just how you want it and expect the new fonts to work on your visitor’s computers.

Show your web designer this article and ask about how they can implement this for you. Alternatively you can speak with a WebCentral web design consultant.