Using themes with blogdown

How to choose a Hugo theme? How to start with a theme? Read the whole article including my Odyssean journey (13 min read) or go directly to the resulting guidelines (5 min read).

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This post demonstrates how to present slideshows with the Xaringan package. I explain how to integrate slideshows with Xaringan into blogdown via internal and external links.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Some selected publications

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In this paper, we will present some ideas on how informal learning could be communicated.
In: Learning scenarios for social and cultural change: Bildung through academic teaching, Peter Lang Edition, pp. 45–57, 2017


In this section I will offer a list of slideshows.



Most of my 36 Prezis are in German. They are all public, downloadabe and copyable.

The following Prezis are in English: