Have you ever admired the crisp text on a website and wondered, “What font is that?” Fonts play a huge role in shaping a website’s personality. They set the mood, establish a brand identity, and, most importantly, affect how easily visitors can read your content.  If you want to replicate a particular look, enhance your own website’s typography, or just satisfy your curiosity, the first step is figuring out which fonts are in use.

Why is it so important to choose the right fonts for your website?

  • Branding: Fonts help convey your brand’s tone – whether it’s playful, sophisticated, modern, or traditional.
  • Readability: The right font size and style make your content easy to consume, boosting user experience.
  • Aesthetics: Fonts create beautiful visual appeal and harmony within your website’s design.

In this guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about identifying fonts on any website.

Using Your Browser’s Developer Tools

Every modern web browser has built-in tools that let you peek behind the scenes of a website’s design. These developer tools are your secret weapon for finding out what fonts are being used! Here’s how to access them in the most popular browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, and Safari

  1. Right-click or F12 on the text whose font you want to identify.
  2. Select Inspect (or Inspect Element). This will open the developer tools panel.
  3. In the panel, look for the Styles or Computed tab.
  4. Scroll through the CSS styles until you find the font-family property. This will reveal the name of the font.

Understanding CSS Font Stacks

The font-family property often lists multiple fonts separated by commas. This is called a “font stack” and provides a safety net. If the first font isn’t available on a user’s device, the browser will try the next font in the list, and so on.

Troubleshooting: When the font doesn’t show up

Sometimes, the font you see needs to be found in the CSS. This could happen when:

  • The font is loaded from an external file: Inspect the code for links to font files (common extensions include .woff, .woff2, .ttf, .otf).
  • The font is loaded via CDN: Look for references to a content delivery network (CDN) like Google Fonts or Adobe Fonts.

Font Identification Extensions

Want a super-fast way to uncover fonts? Browser extensions are your best friend!  Some of the most popular options include WhatFont, Fontanello, and Font Ninja.  These extensions streamline the process, allowing you to hover over any text on a website and instantly get information about its font.

Here’s how they generally work:

  1. Install the extension in your browser of choice.
  2. Visit the website you’re interested in.
  3. Activate the extension (usually by clicking its icon in your browser’s toolbar).
  4. Hover your mouse over the text you want to analyze.
  5. A pop-up will appear displaying the font’s name, size, weight, style, and sometimes even color and line spacing.

Benefits of using font extensions:

  • Speed and ease of use: Bypass the need to dig into the website’s code.
  • Additional information: Some extensions provide more in-depth font details.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Accuracy can vary: Extensions may only sometimes be 100% accurate, especially with custom or lesser-known fonts.
  • Availability: Check which browsers each extension supports.

Popular Font Extensions:

  • WhatFont: Simple and widely used.
  • Fontanello: Offers a clean interface and extra font data.
  • Font Ninja: Powerful, with advanced features for designers.

Choosing the best extension depends on your preferences and the level of detail you require.

Identifying Fonts from Images

Sometimes, the font you’re drawn to might be part of a website’s logo, banner, or other graphic elements.  Luckily, there are tools specifically designed to help you identify fonts from within images.

Popular Image-Based Font Identifiers

  • WhatTheFont (by MyFonts): A versatile tool with a huge database of fonts to compare against. Simply upload an image, and it will try to match the font used.
  • Fontspring Matcherator: Another great option with advanced matching algorithms, offering more fine-grained control for narrowing down results.

How to use image-based font identifiers:

  1. Prepare your image: Ensure the text is clear and easy to read. Crop the image to focus on just the font you want to identify.
  2. Upload your image to the website of your chosen tool.
  3. Adjust settings (if available): Some tools allow you to refine the selection area or provide hints about the font’s characteristics.
  4. Get your results: The tool will provide a list of potential matches, often ranked by similarity.

Success Factors for Accuracy:

  • Image quality: Higher resolution and clear contrast lead to better results.
  • Font complexity: Simple, distinctive fonts are easier to identify than highly decorative or stylized ones.

When Image Identifiers May Fall Short:

  • Custom or heavily modified fonts: These might not be found in existing databases.
  • Limited text samples: The more text the tool has to analyze, the more accurate it will be.

Tips for Improving Your Results

  • Try multiple tools: Experiment with different image-based font identifiers, as their strengths may vary.
  • Look for similar fonts: If you don’t find an exact match, browse the suggested fonts for close alternatives that might serve your purpose.

Exploring Fonts within Themes and Plugins

Many WordPress themes and plugins come with built-in font options, potentially overriding your browser’s default settings or fonts you’ve selected elsewhere. Here’s how to find where these font settings are located:

Checking Your Theme Settings:

  1. Go to Appearance > Customize in your WordPress dashboard: This will launch the WordPress Customizer.
  2. Look for a section titled “Typography” or “Fonts”: Not all themes have this, but it’s a common place for font customization settings.
  3. Explore the options: See if you can change global fonts for headings, body text, etc., or adjust fonts for specific elements.

Investigating Plugin Settings

  1. Plugins should focus on website builders (like Elementor), form plugins, or any plugin that adds significant content blocks to your website.
  2. Check each plugin’s Settings area: Look for sections or tabs related to design, appearance, or styling.
  3. Identify font controls: See if they allow for font selection or customization.

Overriding Theme/Plugin Fonts

Elementor offers unparalleled flexibility for managing typography across your WordPress website. Here’s how it empowers you:

  • Individual Element Control: Each Elementor widget has its own Typography settings, letting you precisely define fonts on a granular level.
  • Global Typography: Elementor lets you set default fonts for headings, paragraphs, and more, which helps streamline your design process.
  • Custom Fonts: You can easily upload your own fonts and use them throughout your Elementor-built website.

Advanced Font Identification and Management

Inspecting the Website’s Source Code

Sometimes, the quickest way to uncover font details is to dive into the website’s underlying HTML and CSS code. Here’s how:

  1. Right-click anywhere on the page and choose View Page Source (or a similar option).
  2. Use your browser’s search function (usually Ctrl+F or Cmd+F) to look for:
    • Font-family: This will reveal the specified fonts.
    • .woff, .woff2, .ttf, .otf: These are common font file extensions.
    • Links to CDNs: Check for references to services like Google Fonts or Adobe Fonts.

Understanding Font File Formats

You’ll likely encounter these file formats when digging into the code:

  • WOFF (Web Open Font Format): The most widely used format due to its good compression and broad browser support.
  • WOFF2: An even more optimized version of WOFF, offering better compression for faster loading.
  • TTF (TrueType Font): An older format with excellent compatibility.
  • OTF (OpenType Font): A flexible format offering advanced typographic features.

Font Licensing Considerations

Before using any font you discover, it’s crucial to respect its licensing:

  • Free Fonts: Many websites like Google Fonts offer freely usable fonts; always check their terms of use.
  • Premium Fonts: Some fonts require purchasing a license for commercial use. Check the font foundry’s website for details.
  • Copyright Infringement: Avoid using fonts without proper permission, as this can lead to legal trouble.

Elementor Streamlines Font Management:

  • Integration with Google Fonts and Adobe Fonts: Elementor provides seamless access to vast libraries of high-quality fonts.
  • Custom font upload: Have a specific font in mind? Easily upload and use it anywhere on your Elementor website.
  • Global font settings: Control your site’s overall typography efficiently.

Typography Best Practices

Font Pairing Tips

Combining fonts thoughtfully is an art form. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Contrast is key: Pair fonts with distinct styles – try combining a serif with a sans-serif or a bold display font with a simple body font.
  • Limit your palette: Two to three fonts are usually plenty for a cohesive look.
  • Visual hierarchy: Use different font sizes and weights to establish a clear order of importance for your headings and content.

Readability and Accessibility

  • Choose legible fonts: Avoid overly decorative or stylized fonts for body text.
  • Font Size: Ensure your text is large enough to read, especially on smaller screens.
  • Line Height (Leading): Adequate spacing between lines improves readability.
  • Color Contrast: Make sure there’s sufficient contrast between your text and background colors, considering users with visual impairments.

Integrating Google Fonts and Adobe Fonts

Elementor simplifies adding fonts from popular services:

  1. Google Fonts:
    • Go to Elementor > Settings > Integrations > Google Fonts.
    • Add your Google Fonts API key.
    • Select the fonts you want to include on your website.
  2. Adobe Fonts:
    • Go to Elementor > Settings > Integrations > Adobe Fonts.
    • Add your Adobe Fonts Project ID.
    • Select the desired fonts.

Using Elementor’s Global Typography Settings

Streamline your design process with Elementor’s powerful typography controls:

  • Go to Elementor > Site Settings > Typography.
  • Set default fonts, sizes, and weights for headings (H1-H6) and body text.
  • These settings will cascade throughout your Elementor-built pages.

Finding Inspiration and Expanding Your Font Knowledge

Where to Find Font Inspiration

  • Font Websites: Explore platforms like Google Fonts, Adobe Fonts, Font Squirrel (for free fonts), and MyFonts (for premium fonts).
  • Design Inspiration Websites: Sites like Behance, Dribble, and Awwwards showcase websites with excellent typography.
  • Web Design Blogs and Articles: Follow industry publications for trend analyses and discussions of font choices in the real world.

Staying Current with Typography Trends

Typography, like other aspects of web design, is constantly evolving. Here’s how to stay informed:

  • Follow-type foundries: Many font foundries have blogs or newsletters where that highlight new releases and design trends.
  • Design Conferences and Workshops: Attend events focused on web design and typography for in-depth knowledge and insights.


By now, you’ve unlocked the secrets to identifying website fonts.  Remember, fonts hold immense power. They shape the personality, readability, and overall aesthetic of your website. Careful font selection has a profound impact on how visitors perceive and interact with your content.