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What is Website Readability and Related Resources

Published on Mar 11 2022

Last updated on Apr 23 2024

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One of the most important principles of web design is making sure your site is readable, or your site's readability.

What is website readability?

Website readability is the score/rating/measure of how easy it is for the visitors/users to be able to read and understand the text on your website. It depends on a number of factors:

  • Font — What font family you use, font size and weight you choose, etc.

  • Spacing — The amount of letter spacing as well as line height and spacings between blocks of text.

  • Color Palette — The number of colors do you choose for you palette, how many primary/secondary colors there are, etc.

Why is it important?

Higher readability increases your SEO ranking and number of users who visit your website. This is extremely important for businesses whom websites are the main source of marketing and income.


1. Google Fonts

The top resource for free and ready-to-use web fonts. Google Fonts offers a huge library of fonts and easy to install <script/> tag for their fonts.

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2. Fontsquirrel

Offers 100% free fonts for commercial use, FontSquirrel is another well-known huge font library.

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3. MyFonts 

World's largest library of premium fonts, if you need more free fonts for your next project.


4. A Pocket Guide to Typography

An amazing resource to learn more about typography. You can also get their eBook on Amazon for only $2.99.

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5. Experte Readability Checker

Quickly check your website's readability as well as sub-routes on your website.

Experte Readability Checker

6. WebFX Readability Test

WebFX Readability Test


Hopefully these resources will help you improve your web typography designs, if you know any other useful resources for typography/fonts, tweet me at @alissang_dev!

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Written by Alissa Nguyen

Alissa Nguyen is a software engineer with main focus is on building better software with latest technologies and frameworks such as Remix, React, and TailwindCSS. She is currently working on some side projects, exploring her hobbies, and living with her two kitties.

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