[guardian-dev] our site makes the user hit google on every page view

Lee Azzarello lee at guardianproject.info
Tue Nov 5 22:22:20 EST 2013


Google Fonts is a good service for high traffic sites since it's easy
to offload the payload of custom fonts to their infrastructure. I
don't think we need to up our backend if we wish to host custom fonts
locally, though consider the performance/bandwidth considerations of
this change.

-lee

On Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 7:17 PM, Nathan of Guardian
<nathan at guardianproject.info> wrote:
> Hrm, yes we don't want that at all. Easy enough to pull the fonts local.
> That font change was made recently.
>
>
> Hans-Christoph Steiner <hans at guardianproject.info> wrote:
>>
>>
>> Because of a wordpress plugin which inserts a stylesheet with a Google
>> URL.
>> This makes each user ping a Google server on each page view.
>>
>> <link rel='stylesheet' id='googlefonts-css'
>>
>> href='https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Roboto+Condensed:700|Roboto:400&subset=latin'
>> type='text/css' media='all' />
>>
>> There is a comment a bit later that says:
>>
>> <!-- fonts delivered by Wordpress Google Fonts, a plugin by Adrian3.com
>> -->
>> <!-- We need this for debugging -->
>> <!-- Responsive 1.9.3.8 -->
>>
>> The font in question seems to be Roboto, which has an Apache 2.0 license:
>> https://developer.android.com/design/style/typography.html
>>
>> Any reason why we can'
>>  t just
>> include this font directly in our website, and
>> then remove that bit of Google tracking?
>>
>> .hc
>
>
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