Hints

Medium This Hint is worth investigating further, and may warrant further attention depending on the type and quantity of URLs affected. Issue This Hint represents an error or problem that needs to be fixed.

Loads overweighted webfonts

This means that the URL in question loads in one or more webfonts that are above 50KB.

Why is this important?

Unlike web-safe fonts, webfonts are not pre-installed on devices, and must be downloaded by the browser before they are displayed. 50KB is a lot for a webfont - webfonts that are over this size are probably not optimized for the web, and will slow down rendering.

What does the Hint check?

This Hint will trigger for any internal HTML URL that loads in at least one webfont that is over 50KB.

How do you resolve this issue?

Web font optimization is a complex topic and there are many different ways to optimize the delivery of fonts. Exactly how you optimize your fonts will depend on your hosting preferences, your site’s design and server, your technical abilities, and how far you are willing to go to improve the performance of your fonts.

It’s always worth negotiating with your designer as sometimes they’ll be happy for you to use a smaller, alternative font. If this is not possible, and you are concerned that the weight of the font is affecting load time too much, then you could consider editing the font to reduce the file size.

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