Using themes with blogdown: Lesson learned

After almost one year of interruption I started using blogdown again and was confronted with a serie of problems. In this post I will report on my Odyssean experience and — more important — I will suggest guidelines how to start, explore and use themes in blogdown. Skip the Odyssean part and start immediately with the resulting guidelines.

Alternatives for Disqus?

Disqus is a very popular service for hosting and managing comments. But it has as an external service several disadvantages which are the philosophy of static websites opposed diametrically. I discuss some alternatives for integrating discussion fora with static websites.

How to install Disqus on Hugo?

This post explains how to integrate Disqus as a discussion forum for your website. It is not a thing you can do directly applying the Hugo documentation because there is a faulty template to change.

Blogdown tutorial (Part 4)

In this fourth part of the tutorial I will explain a method how to bring your website online. My preferred method is to transfer the files via GitHub to Netlify, a service specialized for quickly rolling out static websites.

Blogdown tutorial (Part 3)

In part 3 I will show the necessary steps to get a live preview of the website.

Blogdown tutorial (Part 2)

In part 2 we will create a GitHub repository and link it to our local repository, which we have created in part 1 of this tutorial.

Blogdown tutorial (Part 1)

Part 1 of this tutorial explains how to install the hugo-academic theme on top of R, RStudio and blogdown.