After Wordpress 3.9, loading Google fonts is slow.

Title: "Slow Loading of Google Fonts After Wordpress 3.9"
Date: "2014-09-29"

  • "google"
  • "wordpress"
  • "plugins"

After upgrading Wordpress, it was noticed that the website took more than a minute to load when accessed from within China, which was extremely slow. However, when accessing the website from outside China using a VPN proxy, it loaded almost instantly. Initially, it was thought that the server was filtering Chinese IP addresses using a security dog, but even after disabling the security dog, the issue persisted. Switching to several different proxies within China also did not solve the problem, although the response delay when using Ping was normal. Later, using web debugging tools, it was discovered that every time the website was loaded, Wordpress would request font content from, and this request took a long time. Considering the recent actions of the Great Firewall of China (GFW), it was suspected that the issue was related to accessing Finally, a solution was found through searching.

The solution is as follows: Install the "replace-google-fonts" plugin. It is safe and reliable.

Plugin description link: Plugin download link:

Principle: Modify to is a cloud font service provided by 360, and using it should not encounter any obstacles within China.

Added on 2015/03/06: Recently, the GFW has relaxed its control over the Google Fonts API, and is temporarily accessible. If the "replace-google-fonts" plugin is installed, it can be temporarily disabled.

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