Bloom: How to disable Google Fonts and use custom ones

Hey all you Bloom users out there, today I want to show you how you can disable Google Fonts loaded by the Bloom eMail Opt-In Plugin by Elegant Themes completely. I am sure you are aware of the little Checkbox “Use Google Fonts”, but this doesn’t fully prevent Google fonts from loading…

Why should you disable the loading of Google Fonts by the Bloom Plugin?

Well, there are a few reasons to prevent the loading of the external fonts hosted by Google, let me explain:

  1. Unclear legal Situation: If you are targeting users in the European Union (like me), the common sense legal advice is to disable the loading of Google fonts, because some Websites actually got sued for using them.
  2. Performance: Even knowing google fonts is for sure a high performance CDN with reliable uptimes, it is nevertheless an extra request to an external source. This could slow down your website performance and affect your PageSpeed Insights scores.

If you agree with me I am sure you want to know how to proceed, right? Okay, lets begin 😉

1 Disable Google Font Setting in Bloom

The first thing you will need to do is to disable the Checkbox “Use Google Fonts” in the Bloom Settings menu.

bloom email opt in plugin by elegant themes disable google fonts

2 Completely Prevent loading

Afterwards, you will need to add a custom function snippet to your child themes functions.php file to completely disable the loading.

Before you proceed, be sure to create a backup of your site! You should only modify a child themes function.php file, to don’t get it overwritten by theme updates.

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I can’t tell you why, but just unchecking the checkbox still loads google fonts when visiting your frontend. This function will stop Bloom from loading google font files:

function wpz_remove_bloom_google_fonts() { wp_deregister_style( 'et-gf-open-sans' ); wp_register_style( 'et-gf-open-sans', false ); } add_action('wp_enqueue_scripts', 'wpz_remove_bloom_google_fonts');

The chances are good that this snippet will work right out of the box, just check your frontend if there are still google fonts loaded.

Press F12 in Chrome, switch to Network tab and to CSS file type.

If no google fonts are loaded anymore, just continue with step 3.

If you still see google fonts appearing in the sources tab, just follow the steps in the video above to open the initiator file and see what’s the actual style id. If the style id starts with ‘et-gf-…’, it is loaded by bloom and you should replace the ‘et-gf-open-sans‘ in the snipped above with your style id. Just be sure not to copy the suffix ‘-css’, like shown in the video.

3 Using your own Font

Now that you have your Google fonts removed from Bloom, you are left with very limited font options when designing the Opt-in forms. By default, your form will be using the font ‘Georgia’, which is okay but in most cases won’t match your CI.

To Use your own locally hosted web font (which I guess you already use), you will have to add custom CSS Code in the bottom Box when designing your Opt-In in Bloom 😎

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Below is the code you want to insert. It is separated in Sections, which allow you to use some other fonts for the different parts of the forms. Be sure to replace the font-family “Poppins Light” with the one you want to use:

/* OPTIN MESSAGE */ .et_bloom .et_bloom_form_header p { font-family: "Poppins Light",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif !important; } /* OPTIN TITLE */ .et_bloom .et_bloom_form_header h2 { font-family: "Poppins Light",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif !important; } /* Input Fields, i.e. Email Text */ .et_bloom .et_bloom_form_container input { font-family: "Poppins Light",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif !important; } /* Button Text */ .et_bloom .et_bloom_form_container form button span { font-family: "Poppins Light",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif !important; } /* FORM FOOTER TEXT */ .et_bloom .et_bloom_form_footer p { font-family: "Poppins Light",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif !important; }

And yes, I don’t like using !important any more than you do, but in this case it’s necessary because Bloom adds the font sizes hard coded 🙄

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That’s it, now your form should look exactly the way you want 🤘

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