RPubs versus GitHub pages


#1

Is there any advantage or disadvantage to using RPubs compared to GitHub Pages? If I knit R Markdown to HTML, it seems both accomplish the same thing, which is a place to host a static HTML page.

RPubs is integrated into RStudio IDE, so you save a few clicks there, but that seems to be the only real difference (besides the RPubs header). GitHub Pages allows other content besides R Markdown in the same repo. Neither service provides any kind of advanced features like analytics (not sure what other features I would even want). I don’t have much experience with either option. Is there anything I am missing?


#2

For a static site (that can be pulled directly from GitHub), @yihui persuasively recommends Netlify on his blog:
https://yihui.name/en/2017/06/netlify-instead-of-github-pages/

They make it straightforward to inject any analytics/other code you want across your site. I’m not sure what they have available for publishing one page at a time, but the ability to easily use your own custom domain (and their other features) shouldn’t be ignored.


#3

I’m on GitHub Pages and Jekyll for my personal site, and I’ll say that getting HTTPS with a custom domain going was fiddly as hell. Also, I think if I start doing freelancing again, I’m going to have to move to Netlify anyway (as GitHub Pages has a no-commerical-use rule, and I’m not sure whether noting that you do freelance work on your personal site counts). EDIT: looks like GitHub Pages is fine for sole trader and company pages :slightly_smiling_face:

On the other hand, having a custom domain attached to GitHub Pages means that your project pages point to example.com/repo, not example.github.io/repo, which is nice (although, in hindsight, difficult to move away from).


#5

Yes, that post is great about describing non-obvious differences and their implications between GitHub Pages and Netlify. It would be nice to have a similar one for RPubs. Obviously you can’t do a blog on RPubs, but how does it compare in terms of just hosting individual markdown-derived HTML pages?


#6

I don’t think RPubs is meant to compete with any of that— it’s not really searchable or browsable. I use it occassionally if I just want to publish a toy doc (especially R notebooks for some reason), but– like so many things on the internet– there are differences, but what’s better totally depends on your use-case. RPubs predates blogdown, etc. I don’t really know the history of GitHub pages. I see a lot of homework assignments in RPubs.