A busy day

I have converted my blog back to a WordPress install from Hugo.
Why ?
I was talking to a PSO (Protective Services Officer) at Melbourne Central. He had recommended WordPress because he uses it to develop web sites for businesses.
He uses Woocommerce and Stripe to set up shopping carts for clients.
He said it was a very flexible solution. He cited examples where client’s sales had increased 5 or 10 fold because allowing credit card payments makes it very easy for people to buy your product.

So good bye Hugo, good bye static sites … hello WordPress.

I spent Most of Friday and the wee hours of Saturday morning getting my wordpress blog up and running on Zuver.

It now has an SSL certificate so the offical URL is

Since I got the Zuver wordpress hosting for less then $10 for a year it will be interesting to see the renewal price, as it seems to have gone up a lot since I purchased mine.

The full retail price was a little less the $50, but the website now talks of similar plans north of $100

Might be worth paying as the system works quite well.


Web Excursions for April 2019

Data Visualization


Raspberry Pi

Web Excursions for March 2019

R for Blogging

The fastest cyclists of Europe live in …
Analyzing STRAVA data to find out which city has the faster cyclists with R and R-shiny

The Best Free Books for Learning Data Science

Lecturer who uses Academic hugo theme for her website on github

Article written in Blogdown:

Article written in Radix:

Radix is based on the Distill web framework, which was originally created for use in the Distill Machine Learning Journal. Radix combines the technical authoring features of Distill with R Markdown.


My web site

I have converted my website to a static website.
Previously I had used the Nikola static website tool which is written in python.
It’s a great tool, but I wanted something more.
I chose Hugo because

  • it is very fast
  • Since this is a technical blog, I needed to be able to embed rmarkdown documents easily. Hugo is great for this.
  • It has a large collection of templates. There are so many I actually spent over eight hours before I settled on casper-two

I chose casper-two because of the website has a very detailed setup guide for hugo, Rstudio and markdown

A good reference for using R and Hugo together is blogdown: Creating Websites with R Markdown, specifically section 2.1 Static sites and Hugo

The other themes I looked at were:

In the long run I might choose the Academic theme

A good Academic sample site is

A full list of themes can be seen at


Web Excursions for February 2019

Mac OS X links

R Links:

Books on R, Stats, and Graphics

Data Visualization

R Courses