Fonts.com Web Fonts versus Typekit

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Fonts.com released their new Web Fonts service today (09-14-2010) which is in direct competition with the established Typekit.com service. Let’s see how they compare.

Typekit.com

Typekit offers 4 levels of service including Trial (Free), Personal ($24.99/yr), Portfolio ($49.99/yr) and Performance ($99.99/yr).

The Portfolio package (which most of us will probably be using) offers the following services for $50 a year.

  • 500,000 Pageviews per month
  • Full Library access
  • Unlimited Websites
  • Unlimited Fonts per site

Typekit doesn’t say exactly how many fonts they offer in the service. Judging by the list of fonts on the gallery page it looks like they currently offer 510 fonts.

Typekit provides a nice video which shows how the service works on Youtube. You can view it below

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EGKgrtgHeU&w=480&h=385]

Fonts.com Web Fonts

Fonts.com offers three levels of service including Free, Standard ($10.00/month or $120/year), and Professoinal($100.00/month or $1,200/year).  The Professional service allows you to download 50 fonts per month to use in your comps/mockups.

The Standard package, which most of us will probably be using, offers the following features:

  • 250,000 pageviews per 30 days
  • Fonts available: 7,000+
  • No desktop downloads
  • Unlimited Websites
  • Unlimited fonts per site

You’ll notice that I mentioned desktop downloads. Unlike Typekit, you can download fonts from Fonts.com to use in your mockups. Whether this is a big deal or not is left up to you. I would imagine that most of us will probably already have a desktop version of the font we would be using in the website we are developing anyway. But that will not always be the case.

Fonts.com promotes the fact that they have many of the top fonts available. It makes since considering their core business is selling fonts. Typekit has the some things going for it as well. For one, they are still the fast, nimble, and dare we say ‘plucky’ upstart? Being a small team you can probably expect a bit more personal service. They aren’t the big monolith company with faceless minions.

I haven’t had a chance to play with fonts.com web fonts service yet. The experience I had with Typekit, though, was very nice. In fact, we were considering purchasing the service. For $50 you really can’t go wrong. If you need access to a very deep library and have access to fonts such as Helvetica, Fritger, Univers, Frankling Gothic, ITC Avant Garde, Rotis or Neo Sans then you will want to go with Fonts. com Web Fonts.

Conclusion

There is definitely a large price difference. Fonts.com offers a very deep library of fonts that Typekit just doesn’t match. Will it always be that way? I’m not sure. The folks at Typekit say they are going to be bringing more fonts but no word on when. In the end, I would go with Typekit. Unless you need very specific fonts Typekit should have everything you need and for the price it’s unbeatable.

What has been your experience with these new services? Share the good and the bad in the comments!