When we think of Adobe, we tend to think of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, possibly Flash, and a few of the other more common programs. When it comes to building websites, however, the place where most of our minds go is WordPress, or perhaps Drupal or Joomla. WordPress of course is the biggie. This is the website builder and CMS content management system that is pretty much built for the novice — though if you are in possession of coding skills, then you can do a very professional job on WordPress, too.
But, as a webmaster, you might not have any coding skills — nor any inkling to acquire some. You know the power of Adobe products, and how they are pretty much second to none when it comes to the creative design tools on the market. But what you may not realise is that Adobe have an app as part of their software suite, available when you sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud , that makes it incredibly easy as opposed to coding without any knowledge to build professional looking websites.
Creating dynamic documents is something that is normally left to the coders, which actually excludes many of us. But, with Muse, dynamic elements of a web page — like drop-down menus and navigation bars for instance — are included as a series of widgets, which you simply drag and drop into place. In contrast, Muse themes are easily editable, meaning that you can select and modify each and every element of the template, ready to be republished live on your website.
You could, for instance, purchase several templates , and select your favourite elements from each, and make a completely new combination for use on your own site. You can use Muse offline by uploading it to Adobe Business Catalyst , or, if you export it, you can actually upload it anywhere. Well, of course, there are lots of people out there who are very good at building with code, and are very passionate about it as well. Now, with Muse, these designers can start expanding their reach and move into the world of website building, which may well have been a closed door to them in the past.
But, aside from the target market perspective, there are a few limitations with the product that you should be aware of. No Pre-made Themes There are no pre-made themes on Muse. Sure, you can purchase templates from third parties, but, the first time you sit down to start exploring the software, you will be doing so from scratch. This of course has its good points — absolute freedom can be a great thing!
But, with a complete lack of structure, things can become a little difficult. Unfortunately adding the line of text had a cascading effect where all my existing elements started overlapping. No, not yet. Though, when you visit muse. But, in the meantime, as things stand with Muse in its current incarnation, you may find yourself stuck for getting this right, so the sooner Adobe can roll out this important update the better. However, there are currently limitations and a few kinks in the application that might cause some to be a little cautious.
No doubt within the next 6 or 12 months they will have addressed any user issues and it will perform as seamlessly as anything else, but with all the added style and brilliance that only Adobe can deliver.
Because of that I would strongly recommend you not use Adobe Muse. My work is supported by affiliate commissions. Adobe has announced they are no longer developing new features for Muse and will be ending technical support in