I'm the IT guy. One of our users edits text on a locally hosted install (an intranet) of WordPress. She keeps asking why the font button doesn't appear like it does in Word. I'm a noob on WordPress, but I've been researching this - is the below a good answer for her?
(If it matters, we're using the 'Big City' theme. WordPress version is 3.6.1)
You asked why there is no font button in WordPress. There are some thought on this:
- I don't think we can put a font button into the visual editor on WordPress. I may be wrong on this, but I don't know how to do it.
- Web sites aren't supposed to be a random jumble of fonts. People who edit text on a page should have a limited selection of font choices so that while they can change the content (text), the web page retains a thoughtful, organized look. Choosing fonts is done by choosing font styles from a (limited) list that comes from a CSS (cascading style sheet). This is the <format> box you do see on the visual editor page.
- There may be a way for an editor to put a font into what you are editing. However, a web author putting a font in a web page doesn't mean the viewer will see it that way. Your "font" doesn't get implanted in the web page. Rather, a request to use that font is incorporated into the page. You can call for a font to be used, but the viewer will only see the font displayed if their computer has that font installed. If they don't have that font installed, their browser silently 'cascades' through a short list of requested fonts until it comes to a font it has. The last item in a particular cascade is a generic family (for example, 'sans serif'). All browsers recognize 'sans serif' and will have a font they can use for it.
So, I think I can figure out how to add a font in our CSS, which may help you, but we can't just use that one font we purchased for the Agency web site (Meta Normal Roman) and expect viewers to see it.