Create and maintain websites with R Markdown and blogdown – Yihui Xie

February 26, 2018


In this talk, I will show you how you can quickly create a website from scratch (with RStudio and the blogdown package), and talk about the workflow of maintaining a website. Ideally, everything is automated (from creating, building, to deploying the website) and the only thing left for you to do is write the content. I’ll also demonstrate a few less well-known features of blogdown, such as the .Rmarkdown format, how to host arbitrary Rmd output files (such as PDF and slides) with a blogdown website, and the awesome `hugo server –navigateToChanged`.

About the speaker

Yihui Xie
Software Engineer, RStudio

Yihui Xie got his PhD from the Department of Statistics, Iowa State University. He is interested in interactive statistical graphics, statistical computing, and web applications. He is an active R user and the author of several R packages, such as animation, formatR, Rd2roxygen, and knitr, among which the animation package won the 2009 John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award (ASA). He is also the author of the books “Dynamic Documents with R and knitr” and “bookdown: Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown”. In 2006 he founded the “Capital of Statistics”, which has grown into a large online community on statistics in China. He initiated the first Chinese R conference in 2008 and has been organizing R conferences in China since then. During his PhD training at the Iowa State University, he won the Vince Sposito Statistical Computing Award (2011) and the Snedecor Award (2012) in the Department of Statistics.

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