Caching fonts on Netlify
I’m not sure what took me so long to notice, but FS-Me, the custom font I use on my website wasn’t caching. I wrongly assumed it would be done automatically and didn’t notice the ‘flash of unstyled text’ (known as FOUT) since I have FS-Me installed locally.
FOUT is fine, but it should only happen once. What’s more, a lack of caching means an extra burden on the user who has their data allowance eaten into unnecessarily with every subsequent page load.
Fixing the issue was actually pretty simple; I added the following to my
for = "/assets/fonts/*"
Cache-Control = "public, max-age=31536000"
It’s setting a header that:
- caches every file that is downloaded from the fonts folder
- stores them in the cache for a year
If you want to store the fonts for a shorter period, substitute
31536000 (the number of seconds in a year) for something like:
604800for a week
2592000for a month
15768000for six months
My choice of typeface is unlikely to change any time soon, so I’m happy with the
max-age set to a year.
I could have done this (with a different syntax) in a Netlify
_headers file instead of
netlify.toml, but I prefer to keep all of my hosting config in one place as it’s tidier and would also make a move to another platform easier.