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, animation, DT, tinytex, tufte, formatR, fun, mime, highr, servr, and Rd2roxygen, among which the animation package won the 2009 John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award (ASA). He also co-authored a few other R packages, including shiny, rmarkdown, and leaflet. He has published a number of books, including “Dynamic Documents with R and knitr”, “bookdown: Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown”, “blogdown: Creating Websites with R Markdown”, and “R Markdown: The Definitive Guide”.

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