Filipe Lima

Why aren't you using Astro?

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First of all, if you don’t know Astro yet, take a look at their website and repository, they’re doing a great job. Of course I’m going to tell you what it is here anyways.

What is Astro?

Astro is a performant web framework for building content-focused websites. It is a server-first solution, which means that it generates static HTML at build time. Besides having a lot of features, Astro tries to keep being simple and flexible.

Use cases

You might want to use Astro for building blogs, documentation sites, portfolios, and more. It is a great solution for content-focused websites, but it can also be used for other types of websites.

Why Astro?

So, let’s say you want to build your own portfolio, why should you use Astro instead of other solutions? here are some valid points:

  • Astro was made with focus on performance.
  • Astro integrations let you extend the framework with a lot of features.
  • Astro is flexible and simple, most of the time you will be writing HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Let’s dive in a little bit more on each of these points.


Astro being a server-first solution means it will ship by default less JavaScript to the client, which is great for performance.

Since v0.21 Astro is built with Vite, which has a lot of performance improvements for your development experience and build optimization.


Astro have a variety of integrations that you can use to extend the framework with features. For example, you can use the Tailwind integration to have it working on your website easily.

You can also add Vite/Rollup plugins to your Astro project!

To add integrations, take a look at their integrations guide.

Flexibility and simplicity

Astro syntax is very similar to HTML, CSS and JavaScript, take a look at this example:

import { Foo } from './components/Foo.astro'
import { Bar } from './components/Bar' // React component
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <title>My Astro Site</title>
    <Foo />
    <Bar client:load /> <!-- it needs client:load specification to run on client side -->
  console.log('Hello from Astro!')

As you can see, it is very straightforward, the first part is executed on the server, so you can import modules and do other stuff.

Also, the bottom part is almost just html, so you can have have tags like script. Which means you can have interactivity on your website without using any UI framework.

And just like that you just have created a page, easy right?


You can have .astro components that follows the same syntax as the pages. To use a component inside another component you can make use of the <slot/> tag (for React folks, it’s like children). Let’s see an example:

import { Foo } from './components/Foo.astro'
  <h1>Hello from Astro!</h1>

And in your Foo.astro component:

  <slot />

Obs: you can omit the top part if you don’t need to have anything being executed from the server.

Other Important Points

Astro have some other amazing features that you might love, like:

  • Besides being SSG by default, you can also have SSR or SSG + SSR at the same time in your project, look at their documentation.
  • It has API endpoints, so you can fetch data from your backend or third-party APIs, just like you would do with Next.js. It also support creating middlewares.
  • It has Markdown support, so you can write your content in Markdown and Astro will convert it to HTML. Yes, you can have Markdown and Mdx pages.
  • Their content collections feature allows you to deliver content from a folder in your project, so you can easily have a blog with Astro. It is an awesome approach that integrates well with the ecosystem.


I’ve created this article with the intetion to present a great solution for creating websites. Hopefully I’ve made you interested in Astro and you will give it a try.

I hope you liked this article. Have a great day!

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