Four years ago I backed Font Awesome 5 on Kickstarter, and in return I received a license to use it and to access the pro features. The license might be perpetual, but the pro features, sadly, are not
If you don't subscribe to a Pro plan, you won't be able to install Font Awesome Pro using npm or yarn.
That's the one feature I need! And on August 1st it will be gone! My dev setup, my deployment setup, of multiple projects, everything depends on fetching Font Awesome from the npm registry.
Luckily, there's a simple way around it
My new blog, despite being simple and freshly rewritten, loads way too much crap... So I took a few moments to optimise it a bit – and I ended up with almost 50% reduction in resources size in just two steps!
(~4 min read) avris/fontawesome-optimiser
FontAwesome provides thousands of icons, but you probably only use a few dozen on your website. Instead of loading all of them as a webfont, you could use SVG sprites.
This library is a simple helper that:
- registers the icons you use in the place you use it,
- dumps a refined set of SVG symbols at the end of your page.
You can check out a blog post about possible gains.