Why The Caching of Google Fonts Improves Other Google Products

Poster: STANCOBRIDGE | Date: 1:18pm, 17th Oct 2017. | Views: 227 | 1 Replies
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STANCOBRIDGE. Jalingo, Taraba
1:18pm, 17th Oct 2017.

Google uses Google Fonts in many of their own products. Their redesigned product pages have been using Open Sans and more recently Roboto. If a user visits another site that uses Open Sans and then visits a Google site that uses Open Sans, the font files will already be cached on their system so the site will load more quickly, resulting in a better user experience.

The key here is that if sites are using the Google Fonts API, it will eliminate repeated downloads of the same font files. If a user visited 10 different sites that were self-hosting Open Sans, the font files would be downloaded 10 different times. However, if the 10 sites were using the Google Fonts API to embed Open Sans, then it would only need to be downloaded once. As more sites use Google Fonts, this cross-site caching will significantly reduce download times, not just on Google products, but on all sites.

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