Hosting R Markdown html documents online


#1

I'm looking for a relatively inexpensive, business solution for hosting R Markdown html documents (and others) online? R Studio Connect is unfortunately too expensive for that purpose only, but maybe somebody else could recommend something else?


#2

If all you want to host html documents then why not use blogdown? It is essentially a free solution since then you might need to pay for hosting with Netlify or something, but it's not expensive.


#3

RMarkdown outputs HTML, so you can host anywhere that lets you do that. GitHub is very convenient if you are already using it for source control. I host my blog and other projects documentation there for free.

There is also rpubs which lets you push from RStudio itself and is also free. I prefer the former since you can add a custom domain name, but for pure hosting Rpubs hosts online super quickly.


#4

Yeah, I know those tools but we're looking for a business solution for these purposes. I came across this: https://about.modeanalytics.com/, but I'm looking for something even simpler: work offline in R Studio, render my report as html, do a git push and make the document available online as if I just opened it in the browser on my computer. Any ideas on that?


#5

Does your company have an (internal) server you could use to host the HTML documents? A simple web-server would suffice, probably. (Alternatively you could also install open source Shiny server and host them using that).


#6

Yes, that actually would work I think. I wish though that RStudio could offer a simplified & cheaper version of R Studio Connect will fewer bells and whistles.


#7

work offline in R Studio, render my report as html, do a git push and make the document available online as if I just opened it in the browser on my computer. Any ideas on that?

Thats what GitHub does - you configure to make sure the generated html appears in the folder you designated by GitHub for your website (usually /docs)