Webfonts are here to stay, but there seems to be some confusion on how webfonts are licensed and implemented on a site. You have two basic options, Hosted or Self-Hosted. Below are some basic things to know.
Self-Hosted webfonts from FontShop
- You are charged based on the number of pageviews per month your site has as a one-time fee.
- You are given the EOT/WOFF files to self-host on your site.
- You keep track of the pageviews per month your site receives.
- You can extend your license to support more pageviews by contacting FontShop.
Hosted webfonts from service providers
- You are charged based on the number of pageviews per month your site has as a subscription based model which can be annual/monthly depending on the provider.
- You are given a line of code to include within your site that serves the fonts to your site.
- The service provider keeps track of the pageviews per month your site receives.
- If you go over your pageview limit, default fonts may be served until you increase your subscription terms.