Migrating blog to Astro
I recently migrated my blog to Astro. I’m writing this post to share my experience.
I really liked my previous engine - Eleventy. It was fast, simple and easy to use. But sometimes it felt like I was fighting with it. I had to use Nunjucks template to create a pages. Which is not bad but I like JSX way more. I had a problem with formatting Nunjucks with Prettier as well. I wanted to try Tailwind and I had to write whole pipeline for it to work. When Astro 2.0 came out I decided to give it a try. What turn me in? I think ability to type my markdown files with Zod. I also like the idea of using JSX like engine to create pages with proper TypeScript support.
I started with creating a new project with astro CLI. It was a is smooth experience and out of the box experience. Also adding new plugins is seamless. Then I migrated my markdown files into MDX - in order to make sure that I can use @astrojs/image to have responsible images. I’m also impressed by speed of generating those images - it is both quick on my Macbook and on Netlify. I also added Tailwind with typography plugin and it works like a charm. I tweak a bit my MDX frontmatter and I was ready to go live. What I really like was RSS plugin - I even added nice looking CSS to it and I learned that it is possible - you can read about it in this section.
Was it worth it?
I think so. I’m really happy with the result. I’m not sure if I will use Astro for my next project but I will definitely use it for my blog.