Introducing blogdown, a new R package to make blogs and websites with R Markdown

May 24, 2017 Yihui Xie

The most typical use of R Markdown is to create a single output document from a source document, and there is no special organization of the output documents. In this webinar, we introduce a new R package, blogdown, to make blogs and websites with R Markdown. An R Markdown website consists of multiple pages, and each page is created from an R Markdown document (Rmd). Each Rmd file can be either a page or a post, and contains metadata such as the title, author, date, categories, and tags, etc. These information can be used to organize all pages into a website that provides multiple ways of navigation (e.g., by date, categories, or tags). Each page is generated from a customizable template. Compared to traditional static website generators, blogdown makes use of the rmarkdown package, so you can enjoy the richer Markdown syntax and the power of R for data analysis when you make a website.

About the Author

Yihui Xie

Yihui Xie is a software engineer at RStudio. He earned his PhD from the Department of Statistics, Iowa State University. He is interested in interactive statistical graphics and statistical computing. As an active R user, he has authored several R packages, such as knitr, bookdown, blogdown, xaringan, tinytex, rolldown, animation, DT, tufte, formatR, fun, xfun, mime, highr, servr, and Rd2roxygen. He also co-authored a few other R packages, including shiny, rmarkdown, rticles, and leaflet. He has authored two books, "Dynamic Documents with knitr" (Xie 2015), and "bookdown: Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown" (Xie 2016), and co-authored two books, "blogdown: Creating Websites with R Markdown" (Xie, Hill, and Thomas 2017), and "R Markdown: The Definitive Guide" (Xie, Allaire, and Grolemund 2018).

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