This is an example of how to set up a static site with Astro on Kinsta’s Application Hosting services.

Astro is an all-in-one web framework for building fast, content-focused websites with the following key features:

  • Component Islands: A new web architecture to build faster websites.
  • Server-first API design: Move expensive hydration off your users’ devices.
  • Zero JS, by default: No JavaScript runtime overhead to slow you down.
  • Edge-ready: Deploy anywhere, even a global edge runtime like Deno or Cloudflare.
  • Customizable: Tailwind, MDX, and 100+ other integrations to choose from.
  • UI-agnostic: Supports React, Preact, Svelte, Vue, Solid, Lit, and more.

More information is available on the Astro website.

During the deployment process, Kinsta automatically installs dependencies defined in your package.json file.

  1. Fork this GitHub repository: Kinsta – Hello World – Static Site With Astro
  2. In MyKinsta, add an application with the Hello World Astro repository. The Start command can be left blank for the web process as Kinsta automatically detects the required command during the first deployment.

The app is available as soon as the build finishes and a Hello Astronaut page loads at your application’s URL.

Astro Hellow Astronaut page after successful installation.
Astro Hellow Astronaut page after successful installation.

Web Server Setup

Port

Kinsta automatically sets the PORT environment variable. You do not need to define it or hard-code it into the application. The serve package utilizes the port set by Kinsta automatically.

Start Command

When you deploy the application, Kinsta automatically creates a web process with npm start as the Start command.

Deployment Lifecycle

Whenever a deployment is initiated (through creating an application or re-deploying due to an incoming commit), the npm build command is run, followed by the npm start command.