A note from the authors: Some of the information and instructions in this book are now out of date because of changes to Hugo and the blogdown package. If you have suggestions for improving this book, please file an issue in our GitHub repository. Thanks for your patience while we work to update the book, and please stay tuned for the revised version!

In the meantime, you can find an introduction to the changes and new features in the v1.0 release blog post and this "Up & running with blogdown in 2021" blog post.

— Yihui, Amber, & Alison

Chapter 1 Get Started

In this chapter, we show how to create a simple website from scratch using blogdown. The website will contain a home page, an “About” page, one R Markdown post, and two plain Markdown posts. You will learn the basic concepts for creating websites with blogdown.

We recommend using the RStudio IDE with blogdown because there are a number of features built-in to the R package that RStudio users can take advantage of, but it is not required. Using the RStudio IDE will make some steps in this workflow easier, but you are free to use any editor.