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- Astro Weekly #12
Astro Weekly #12
WP Engine shines bright with Starlight, optimize fonts in your Astro project, expose your local server to the Internet
It’s the final Astro Weekly of 2023!
As we start winding down for the year, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on the past 12 weeks since the launch of Astro Weekly.
In this short amount of time, we've witnessed the rollout of five minor releases, commencing with Astro 3.2 and culminating in the recent launch of Astro 4.0 just a few weeks ago.
I’ve shared some incredible projects from the community, such as LaunchFast, Darkmatter, and Qwik, among others, as well as a plethora of resources, inspiring Astro projects in our weekly showcase, and everything in between.
It's amusing to reflect on the time before launching this newsletter when I had reservations about whether there would be enough content to sustain a weekly edition. Ironically, the challenge now lies in deciding what to cut each week, given the abundance of incredible work to cover.
Astro has been experiencing remarkable traction within the developer community, and I'm eagerly anticipating the exciting developments set to unfold in the next 12 months for both Astro and Astro Weekly.
However, before we embark on that journey, let's take a final look in 2023 at what’s been happening this week.
This week in Astro ✨
Managing documentation at scale
WP Engine shines bright with Starlight 🌟
Did you know? WP Engine, the world's largest managed WordPress hosting provider, welcomes a staggering 8% of all internet users daily.
However, when it came to their documentation, the WP Engine team faced a hurdle: more time was spent on maintaining their docs codebase than actual documentation creation.
In a new case study, Astro has published the incredible results of WP Engine’s decision to build their new Atlas documentation site with Starlight, the documentation theme built on Astro.
Starlight lowered development costs by over 50%
Atlas team spends 95% of their time on content and almost zero time on code maintenance and configuration
WP Engine’s content operations are more than 2x faster
For a full breakdown of WP Engine’s transition to Starlight, check out the official Astro blog.
Astro Community 🧑🚀
Back to the Futura
Optimize fonts with Astro Font 🔠
Inspired by Next.js Font Optimization, Rishi Raj Jain has released Astro Font — an awesome new package for optimizing fonts inside your Astro project.
Astro Font will automatically optimize both custom and local fonts, plus fonts over any CDN, leading to demonstrable improvements to Cumulative Layout Shift and other performance benefits.
Expose your local Astro server to the Internet 🚇
Another week, another new Astro Dev Toolbar app!
Astro Tunnel is an Astro Dev Toolbar App that enables your local Astro server to be accessible from the Internet. Internally, it uses Cloudflare's Quick Tunnels via unjs/untun, so no additional configuration is required to start tunneling.
To install Astro Tunnel, run the following command with your preferred package manager:
npx astro add astro-tunnel
What’s happening on Twitter X this week…
I just released a free 2.5-hour Astro quick-start course. We build a server-rendered tech blog and cover the fundamentals of the framework.
— Brad Traversy (@traversymedia)
Dec 18, 2023
Direct link for web version:
Astro Showcase 🌠
Rated A for Astronomical
Our showcase this week extends beyond Astro and covers other frameworks such as… well, just about every single one!
Addy Osmani has shared an amazing movie app learning project built in seven different frameworks, including Astro, Next.js, and Svelte.
The project is the collective effort of multiple contributors, with the Astro app built by our friend Maxi Ferreira.
What’s on your watchlist for the holidays? 🍿
Other Astro projects in orbit 🪐
More great Astro projects worth checking out! ↓
Beyond the Astrosphere 🪐
What caught my eye outside of Astro this week…
And that’s a wrap for 2023! Thank you so much for all your support this year. Enjoy the break, and hey, maybe finish that side project…
I’ll be back in your inboxes on Tuesday 9th January 2024.
Don’t forget, you can also join the conversation with other Astro developers in the Astro Community on X.
Happy Holidays, Astronauts!
– Nathan 🧑🚀