WordPress Tip: How to Load Google Fonts Over SSL and Non-SSL

Here’s a quick tip for when you load Google fonts in WordPress. If you want the fonts to work over both SSL and non-SSL, you need to use the protocol relative link.

For example, if you’re loading Google fonts from your theme’s functions.php file, you might do it like this:

function mytheme_enqueue_styles() {
            wp_register_style('googleFonts', 'http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Copse');
            wp_enqueue_style( 'googleFonts');
        }

However, this method breaks over HTTPS, which means that all your fancy custom fonts won’t work and the browser’s default will be loaded instead, ie. Times New Roman.

Removing the “http” protocol from the link will allow the visitor’s browser to determine the correct protocol to load.

function mytheme_enqueue_styles() {
            wp_register_style('googleFonts', '//fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Copse');
            wp_enqueue_style( 'googleFonts');
        }

There are many tutorials that claim to show you “The Right Way to Load Google Fonts in WordPress,” but most of them don’t use the protocol relative link. If you’ve ever forced SSL on pages then you know that all of your assets, including images, CSS, JS, fonts, etc., will be broken unless they are loaded via HTTPS. You should use the protocol relative links wherever possible when the assets or third-party links are available via both HTTP and HTTPS.

Who is Sarah Gooding


Sarah Gooding is an Editorial Ninja at Audrey Capital. When not writing about WordPress, she enjoys baking, knitting, judging beer competitions and spending time with her Italian Greyhound.

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