Font Choices

Font Choices

Successful business owners know that a professional-looking website is paramount to their success. A tremendous amount of business is done online these days, and many people who are interested in a certain product or service go online in their quest for more information. If you are thinking about creating a website for your company, this article contains several points you will want to pay attention to.

Business Owners

You likely want to convey a certain image to people who would frequent your website, and you may feel that this image could be enhanced with the use of classical or other types of music. Why not set your website to music? Almost universally, people report being annoyed by websites that play music. Avoid this major turn off! It is likely to have the opposite effect that you want, as people may immediately close their browser and exit your site. A website that plays music appears unprofessional. Instead, focus on setting the tone of your company with your content and imagery.

Color Scheme

It goes without saying that if people find the color scheme of your website and your font choices hard to look at, they will quickly give up. Make sure that you choose fonts that are very easy to read. Stick with ones that are commonly used and avoid fonts that are rare. And avoid putting text on a dark background, as your viewer will have difficulty reading any content. A bright color scheme often looks tacky, so stick with a few neutral or basic colors. Show your color scheme and font choices to a variety of people to get their feedback, as what may be easy to read for you may be exceedingly difficult for someone else to make out. And keep in mind that a website overrun with graphics is often slower to load and looks unsightly. Less is often more when it comes to graphics!

Colors

Make sure that your website includes a search feature. Nothing will be more frustrating to potential clients then the inability to search for a product or item that they are interested in. It’s astonishing how many websites do not include this simple feature, so make sure you provide a search option that is straightforward and easy for your viewers to find.

Creating A Website

Likewise, make sure that your site is easy to navigate. The degree of ease of navigating your website will make a huge difference in terms of your viewer’s experience, so include a menu on each and every page. Take a look at the websites of companies that you like – Web Designwhat are their navigating methods like? Model yours after theirs. Include your contact information either as a link in the menu or at the bottom of your website.

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Designing a professional-looking, appealing website is indeed possible. Your site will likely make a big impact on your company’s success and exposure, so take this job seriously! Make sure to run your design ideas and your final product past a variety of people for their input. Good luck!

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20 Responses to “Font Choices”

  1. Ellie R Reply

    When You Download Fonts Off Those Free Font Websites, How Do You Actually Get The Font? When I download the font, it puts a folder in my desktop with just a bunch of documents in the font that says something about a fox all over it. HELP!

    • I’m not sure what the fox thing is – are you using Firefox as your browser? Maybe it’s a zip file that has become associated with Firefox somehow. Anyhow, I don’t know if you are running XP or Vista so I’m giving you the long instructions for both. It sounds like you already know how to download to your desktop, so this will pick up there…

      If it’s a zipped file you will need to unzip it before you can do anything else. A zipped file usually has the .zip exension on it. Once unzipped, there should be font files (.ttf and/or .otf and probably a text file or explorer link that gives you usage information – read the info, but you’ll only be using the font files.

      WINDOWS VISTA UNZIP: double-click on the zip to open it, then either click on “Extract all files” or drag and drop the files somewhere outside the zip window.

      WINDOWS VISTA INSTALL: Select the font files (.ttf or .otf ) from within the Extracted Folder or where you dragged then right-click > Install

      WINDOWS XP UNZIP: You should have extraction software already on your system – try right clicking on the file and selecting expand or extract if it is listed. Have it extract to where you are or where you can find it.

      If you do not have those choices, you probably need to download software – there are many free applications. I am currently loving ExtractNow. Here is a link to a safe download from CNet. http://www.download.com/ExtractNow/3000-2250_4-10038365.html?tag=mncol&cdlPid=10871941 It is free. It is easy to install. Once it is installed, you just launch it, drag your zipped folders into it and click Extract. What is really cool about it is that you can extract multiple files at once. That is a huge bonus, especially when downloading all those fun free fonts.

      WINDOWS XP INSTALL: Go to your fonts folder. Either through the start menu > control panels > fonts (make sure you are using Classic View for the control panels – it’s much easier). OR go to My Computer > Drive C > Windows > Fonts. Drag the new fonts (just the ttf/otf files) from the extracted folder or wherever they are into the fonts folder. A box should pop up showing that the font is being installed.

      FOR VISTA OR XP: If the download was just a single .ttf or.otf file, skip the extracting steps and go straight to installing.

      The font should now show up in the font list of all your programs. If you have any programs running you will need to quit and restart them before they see the newly installed font. Worse case scenario – if the fonts aren’t showing up, restart the computer.

  2. Ellie R Reply

    When You Download Fonts Off Those Free Font Websites, How Do You Actually Get The Font? When I download the font, it puts a folder in my desktop with just a bunch of documents in the font that says something about a fox all over it. HELP!

    • I’m not sure what the fox thing is – are you using Firefox as your browser? Maybe it’s a zip file that has become associated with Firefox somehow. Anyhow, I don’t know if you are running XP or Vista so I’m giving you the long instructions for both. It sounds like you already know how to download to your desktop, so this will pick up there…

      If it’s a zipped file you will need to unzip it before you can do anything else. A zipped file usually has the .zip exension on it. Once unzipped, there should be font files (.ttf and/or .otf and probably a text file or explorer link that gives you usage information – read the info, but you’ll only be using the font files.

      WINDOWS VISTA UNZIP: double-click on the zip to open it, then either click on “Extract all files” or drag and drop the files somewhere outside the zip window.

      WINDOWS VISTA INSTALL: Select the font files (.ttf or .otf ) from within the Extracted Folder or where you dragged then right-click > Install

      WINDOWS XP UNZIP: You should have extraction software already on your system – try right clicking on the file and selecting expand or extract if it is listed. Have it extract to where you are or where you can find it.

      If you do not have those choices, you probably need to download software – there are many free applications. I am currently loving ExtractNow. Here is a link to a safe download from CNet. http://www.download.com/ExtractNow/3000-2250_4-10038365.html?tag=mncol&cdlPid=10871941 It is free. It is easy to install. Once it is installed, you just launch it, drag your zipped folders into it and click Extract. What is really cool about it is that you can extract multiple files at once. That is a huge bonus, especially when downloading all those fun free fonts.

      WINDOWS XP INSTALL: Go to your fonts folder. Either through the start menu > control panels > fonts (make sure you are using Classic View for the control panels – it’s much easier). OR go to My Computer > Drive C > Windows > Fonts. Drag the new fonts (just the ttf/otf files) from the extracted folder or wherever they are into the fonts folder. A box should pop up showing that the font is being installed.

      FOR VISTA OR XP: If the download was just a single .ttf or.otf file, skip the extracting steps and go straight to installing.

      The font should now show up in the font list of all your programs. If you have any programs running you will need to quit and restart them before they see the newly installed font. Worse case scenario – if the fonts aren’t showing up, restart the computer.

  3. Jorge a.k.a. Al Reply

    How Do I Get My TrueType Font To Appear In My Font List For PhotoFiltre? I’m trying to use a TrueType font to put on a picture using PhotoFiltre; however, the font isn’t in the font choices. How could I get the TrueType font to appear in the font list?

    10 points – best answer!

    • Does the font you want appear in the font list for other applications e g MS Word or Open Office? If not, you’ll have to download it first. Once you’ve done that, it should be available for Photofiltre.

      However, if you’re sure you already have the required font, I’m stuck – try Photofiltre Help

  4. Sharon62 Reply

    What Is The Best Way To Set My Choosen Yahoo Email Font Size To My Default Font Size? When I respond to Yahoo emails, the font size is too little to read. I have to remember to change the font size everytime. This is a real pain in the neck. I want to set my own email reply font size as the default

    • Unfortunately, Yahoo doesn’t allow us to “permanently” change their choice of font size. You can only change it with each individual email you write.

  5. Ashli D Reply

    How Do I Change The Default Blue Color Scheme In All 2003 Microsoft Word Products? I know in the 2007 version you can change the color scheme to either a green or silver in one program, and it will change it in all the other Microsoft programs. I was wondering if I can do the same thing in the 2003 version. I just wanted to change it to the silver option because this blue is terribly boring.

    Thanks!

    • No, that option was introduced with Office 2007.

  6. Southerngal102192 Reply

    What Is A Funky, Interesting, Unusual Color Scheme For A 15 Year Old Girl’s Bedroom? I like pink, but I don’t want the color scheme to look too childish.

    • Pink and lime green
      pink and orange
      pink and yellow
      you could try doing vertical stripes around the entire room, in different sizes and in alternating colors

  7. Caitlin C Reply

    With The Onset Of Microsoft 2007, Is Times New Roman Still The Font Of Choice For Business Communications? With the onset of Microsoft 2007, is Times New Roman still the preferred font of choice for business communications or is a newer (2007 version) font taking the center stage? Are there pitfalls we need to be aware of if we change our standard communications font from TNR to something else?

    • It might depend on your industry. In the legal world, we’re still ruled by tyrant judges, some of whom insist on Courier 10.

      Hopefully things will change as these nearsighted old farts die off.

      I haven’t heard anything about this one way or the other, so I suspect TNR is still the norm.

      Although Calibri appears to be the default in Word…..

  8. Loving_life_707 Reply

    Color Scheme? Im designing a room with different shades of light brown on the walls then black furniture. is this a monochromatic color scheme?

    • This is not a monochromatic scheme. its an analogous scheme, meaning where two colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. a monochromatic scheme would be different shades of brown.

      sounds gorgeous though!

  9. Ladyluck317 Reply

    Family Portrait Need Color Scheme Ideas? Hi all, I wanted some advice on the color scheme I could do for a family portrait. My husband and I got married this past summer, and this comign spring we plan to do family portraits.

    Three females (Me, daughter 6, daughter 3)
    Three males (Husband, son 8, son 4)

    I’m tryign to think of nice outfits we could do. I have heard plain clothing (without prints) work best as they do not distract from the portrait. I would like us girls to wear a dress and the boys to wear either a collered shirt or something nice like a sweater or something but I need color scheme help.

    I thought the men would all look nice with Red shirts and then maybe us girls wear white?

    If the men wear red shirts and we wear white, what color pants/shoes should the men wear?

    we could flip it too and have girls wear red dresses, and boys wear white but i dont’ know what color pants and shoes they should wear then?
    or are there other color combinations you find to work best!
    We have a variety of skin tones/colors in our family. My husband, myself, and my daughter are all fair skinned, blonde/blue eyes, and the other children are tan and dark hair, dark eyes as their mom is hispanic.

    please help!

    • White is very often worn for family portraits, especially on the beach. Personally I think white is rather plain-jane and typical. Nothing *wrong* with wearing white, but other colors can be worn and look just as good. Red is a strong color that looks good on lots of people. You could do red and white, or red and red. A small pattern on the girl’s dresses would be fine, What do you think about boys in red, Mom and Dad in red or white, and the girls in white with a small red pattern, maybe polkadots?

      Blue is another good color that works well on many people.

      *EDIT*
      Shoes? I like brown or black casual shoes unless the outfit is formal, then nice dress shoes are called for. Or with the white shirts and jeans, a white pair of tennis shoes, or sandals or barefoot if on the beach. Pants? If the girls are wearing dresses, dress pants or slacks (think Dockers or similar), could be khaki but I prefer darker colors. Or you could put the guys in dark jeans and have everyone in cowboy boots. Might be cheesy, but if the look is what you like I think that’s cute. Cowboy boots with a pretty dress can be a good look, IF it suits your family’s personality. You could have a few with the hats, too!

  10. Debbie A Reply

    Can I Add Other Fonts To My Choices For Signature? I’d like fonts different than what are available

    • A good place for free fonts is dafont.com. You save the file of a font, then you have to copy the font from inside the folder and open it somewhere else. Once you can see the TrueType logo, copy and paste it into “C:WindowsFonts” (accessable from “MyComputer” when you type it into the top bar).

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