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Someone suggested I use google fonts for mobile site.  Said they resize better than regular fonts and that it will help in seo.  They directed me to myfonts.com as a place to buy the font.  This just kills me.  If I understand this correctly, if I am interested in one font, ITC Avant Garde Gothic STD Condensed Book, then I have to pay $29!  If I want a bold version OF THE SAME FONT, i have to pay extra?

http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/itc/avant-garde-gothic/

Is it really worth it?  i mean, we are talking now dropping nearly $60 because I need a bold version too.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
p.s. I already have this font on my computer but I don't have the google font version, whatever that means.
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GaryCommented:
Someone suggested I use google fonts for mobile site
For what reason??? I know of none
Said they resize better than regular fonts and that it will help in seo
Utter nonsense - many times they will not resize better and have absolutely nothing to do with SEO - that is laughable

Only reason for using custom fonts is because there is a particular font you like that suits your site - no other reason.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Telling you 'google font version' is very misleading.  There are fonts that Google hosts and makes available for free and there are free 'web fonts' on sites like FontSquirrel http://www.fontsquirrel.com/ .  Real Google fonts https://www.google.com/fonts can be used thru links in your page.  'Webfonts' must be in a directory on your host and have a proper css declaration so you can use them.

The font you mention, ITC Avant Garde Gothic STD Condensed Book, is not a 'free' font so if you really wanted exactly that to use as a 'webfont' you would have to buy it.  While you can declare it in your CSS, you can't be sure everyone will have it unless you provide it as a webfont.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
Ok.  Well, i didn't really relish the idea of spending $60 on the normal and bold version of a font that I already have in my arsenal of fonts.  So, with that said, it looks like it would be ok for me to use a font in my system them eh?
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GaryCommented:
Ask yourself is there really that much difference between that font and say Arial that would make your visitors go Wow.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Here's a demo page for a web font set from FontSquirrel:  http://www.dibsplace.com/Fanwood-font/demo.html  You can look at the CSS file for the fonts and see the proper format that is required for all the variations.  Each variation requires it's own declaration.  Unlike system fonts, these fonts don't respond to 'bold' and 'italic'.  If you look on your own computer you will see they are separate fonts there also and it's the operating system (or maybe program code) that knows what to do to display the norma, bold, and italic variations.
@font-face {
    font-family: 'FanwoodRegular';
    src: url('Fanwood-webfont.eot');
    src: url('Fanwood-webfont.eot?#iefix') format('embedded-opentype'),
         url('Fanwood-webfont.woff') format('woff'),
         url('Fanwood-webfont.ttf') format('truetype'),
         url('Fanwood-webfont.svg#FanwoodRegular') format('svg');
    font-weight: normal;
    font-style: normal;
}

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
And here's a page I made up from a list of the most common fonts on the web.  http://www.dibsplace.com/webdev/fontshow.html
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GaryCommented:
You may have it on your pc, doesn't mean you can distribute it on your website.  
Even the fonts that come with Windows are copyright and you are not allowed to distribute them.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
The font I plan on using is a simple font that is often used on websites.  I realize that I can't bring in a font into a website that no one has installed on their computers.  : )
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Thanks for the points!!
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
thanks for the help!
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
p.s. how do you change your avator?
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GaryCommented:
Click your name, and on your profile page you'll see a little cog in the top left of your avatar.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Go to your Profile and click on the gear in the avatar image.  It will show a form where you can upload a new image.
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
done - thanks!
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You're welcome...  Hmm, there's something different about your eyes in that pic...
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
my nose is a bit longer too!  : )
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GaryCommented:
Look a bit furrier than I expected as well

(I don't think that's the right word...what is the word for furry/ier - is there a word?)
(and yeah just back from the pub)
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nsitedesignsAuthor Commented:
Furrier is correct, well, the spelling is but I am not furrier. LMAO!
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