This is an example of turning a .html file generated from an Rmarkdown into a website powered by GitHub.
For a starting point let's assume we have a repo on GitHub with all our project files in it.
In particular regardless of whatever other files are part of the repo, we have the finished .html version made by knitting the Rmarkdown to HTML. To turn it into a website, we have to do 3 things:
- make a .nojekyll file and make it part of the repo
- make a web-branch of the repo
- add a copy of our repo to the web branch
Make a .nojekyll file
We need to create an empty file called .nojekyll in our project folder. This can be quite challenging as .files are often invisible system files that the computer does not want you tampering with. While there are different ways of doing this on various kinds of computers, we are going to use a tool everyone has on hand by using RStudio itself.
From the File menu, select New File -> Text File then immediately use the File -> Save command to save the file with the name .nojekyll
Then close the file so you don't accidentally put stuff in it.
Now we do our typical updating the repo commands to add the file to GitHub, something like:
git add .nojekyll git commit -m ".nojekyll created" git push -u origin master
We are being fairly specific about the git add command since some systems will want to leave the .nojekyll alone
Make a web branch
Still using git commands, we set up a web branch with
git branch gh-pages
Copy our repo to the web branch
With one more command, we copy the files into the web branch
git push origin gh-pages
Then we wait for a very long ten minutes, and check our page at http://USERNAME.github.io/REPONAME/HTMLFILENAME