Astro Weekly #19

Astro Studio launch date announced, faster build times with Astro 4.4, sell products in minutes with Astro Snipcart

Hello, Astronauts!

There is reason to celebrate this week, as Astro Weekly has surpassed 500 subscribers. 🎉 Thank you to every one of you for helping Astro Weekly reach this milestone. Here’s to the next 500!

The exciting news doesn’t end there either, as we now have an official release date for the hotly anticipated Astro Studio. Let’s dive right into it!

This week in Astro

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Astro Studio launch date 🚀

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for; Astro Studio has an official launch date.

Ever since it was first announced, the Astro team has been coy about the finer details of its first hosted service, but we’re promised “something entirely new for the web ecosystem.” Thankfully, we don’t have to wait too much longer to find out.

Astro Studio launches March 12, 2024 💫

Be sure to head on over to to secure your spot and be notified when Astro Studio launches.

Astro, but faster

Astro 4.4 released ⚡️

Astro Studio may only be weeks away, but the work elsewhere doesn’t stop as Astro 4.4 is now available.

This update introduces improvements to performance audits inside the Dev Toolbar, faster build times and runtime performance, and something I’m personally excited about, automatically infer dimensions of remote images.

For an in-depth look at each of these new features, check out the official Astro blog for all the details.

Astro Community 🧑‍🚀

Astro + Snipcart = $$

Sell products in minutes with Astro 🛒

In the age of side hustles and solopreneurship, it’s never been easier to set up your first online store. And now you can create an e-commerce site and start selling products in minutes with the power of Astro.

Astro Snipcart is a free and open-source e-commerce Astro integration that is built on top of the Snipcart platform.

Rabbits love Astro too

Get started with Directus 🐇

Directus is a headless CMS that instantly turns your SQL database into REST and GraphQL APIs and gives you a beautiful, intuitive no-code app to manage all your content and data.

In this video tutorial, you'll learn how to use the Directus SDK with an Astro application in under 10 minutes.

What else I’ve been reading this week 🤓

Check out these great posts from the Astro Community ↓

If you have something awesome you’d like to share with the Astro community, you can reach me at [email protected] or via DM on X

Astro on X 💫

What’s happening on Twitter X this week…

Astro Showcase 🤩

Game recognizes game

There’s another chapter in the Netlify + Astro love story.

Following the recent launch of their new homepage, Netlify has also launched a new look developer portal, powered by Astro.

Home to the latest release news, guides, and resources, Netlify Developers now has the performance to match the speed of deploying an Astro project with Netlify.

Other Astro projects in orbit 🪐

More great Astro projects worth checking out! ↓

Would you like your work to be featured in our Astro Showcase? Get in touch at [email protected] or DM me on X

Beyond the Astrosphere 🪐

What caught my eye outside of Astro this week…

  • GitButler — beautiful Git client for creating “virtual branches” so you can work on more than one change at the same time

  • — neat tool for transforming any hex value into a full spectrum of shades for use in Tailwind CSS

  • endpts — super clean mock API builder

That’s it for another week, Astronauts!

Feeling inspired? Let us know if you have something to share in Astro Weekly; you can reach me at [email protected] or via DM on X.

Safe travels out there.

Nathan 🧑‍🚀

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