After you finish designing your site in Adobe Muse, you can use the Publish workflow to host your site on Adobe Business Catalyst or a third-party hosting service such as GoDaddy, Hostgator, and so on.
Before you begin publishing, select File > Save to save recent changes to your site design. The entire site is stored in a single document, in the .muse file format. After previewing the site and confirming that it is ready for viewing online, you can begin publishing it.
The instructions in this section describe the process of uploading files to Adobe Business Catalyst. If you prefer to host your site on a third-party hosting provider instead, see Uploading website to a third-party hosting service. Even if you ultimately wish to host your site on a different server, you may choose to publish your sites to the Adobe hosting servers temporarily to make it easy to share the site and facilitate the client approval process.
Before you publish your website, consider whether there are any pages in the site that are not ready to be published (or exported).
If you want to exclude a page from the publishing or exporting process, follow these steps:
Select this option to remove the checkmark, and the selected page will not be published. This option is a toggle, so when you are ready to publish the page, right-click and select the Export Page option to apply the checkmark again. The Home page is the first page of the site and must be exported. The Export Page option is dimmed and cannot be toggled off when you right-click on the Home page.
When the Export Page option is deselected, the page will not publish when you publish your site. It will also not export if you export it.
Be aware that changing this Export Page option after you've already published a site will remove the page from your trial site the next time you publish it.
Publishing a site literally means uploading the site files to a remote server, to make it viewable online by visitors that have Internet access. When you publish a trial site, it is accessible to the general public if they have the correct URL to view it. If you have previously sent your clients a link to visit their trial site and then you decide to make some changes, you may want to publish a new trial site while you are working on a new iteration. Otherwise, they can log in and see the work-in-progress.
Muse has an integrated publishing system that enables you to publish your sites quickly and easily. The files that you upload with the Publish interface are stored on the Business Catalyst host servers.
Follow these steps to publish a Muse site:
The site name you enter will be used to create the trial site's temporary domain name. You'll be able to use a domain name of your choosing as the site's address when you upgrade the live site.
Muse automatically generates a URL for the trial site. The URL will look something like this:
The generated name is displayed in gray below the Site Name field. Each site name must be unique in the system, so if you enter a name that is already in use, Muse will change it slightly to make it unique.
If you do not like the name that Muse automatically generated, you can change it.
Click the arrow icon next to the Options section to expand the options. Enter a new, unique name in the URL field. The system will check to see if the new URL you have entered is unique. If the name already exists in the system, the field turns red and an alternate unique URL is suggested.
By default the Publish To: New Site option is selected, but if you've already created trial sites in the past, you can choose the Existing Site option and select the name of an existing trial site in the Publish To menu.
If you are creating a new iteration of an existing site, you can always choose to publish the newer version of a design to a new site, which means the files will not overwrite the existing site. This is a great strategy when you want to send your clients two links so that they can compare the two versions of a site at the same time in different browser windows.
Also by default, the Data Center is set to Automatic. The data center refers to the geographic location of the remote Business Catalyst servers, in relation to your physical location. Adobe Muse detects your location and automatically chooses the correct location, so in most cases you can leave this Automatic setting. However, if your client is located in another country, you can override the default setting and choose from the following options:
- United States
- European Union
For example, if you are working in United States and your client lives in Australia, you can choose the Australia data center option to ensure that the site will perform optimally for them when they view it online.
When you are finished setting the Site Name, URL and options, click OK. A progress bar appears briefly and displays the percentage of the files that have been uploaded to the host server. The live trial site loads in a new browser window. You can click the links and test how the design looks when you resize the browser.
Return to Adobe Muse. A confirmation message appears indicating that the trial site is being hosted. You can click the Manage button to manage the site in the confirmation window. Or if you prefer to keep working, click OK to close the window.
You can also use Business Catalyst to push your site live on a domain name of your choice. You can further manage your sites, manage users, monitor site metrics with data, and more. For more information, refer to the Adobe Business Catalyst Help.
Note: Before launching your site, be sure to register a domain name that you want to use by contacting a third-party domain name registrar. For more information, see Domain Name Registrar.
The first time you publish a free trial site in Muse, you'll also sign up for a free Business Catalyst account, if you don't already have one.
Using the Dashboard, you can upgrade your site by initiating the payment of hosting fees. To upgrade your site using the hosting credits that you get as a subscriber, click the Push Site Live button in the Site Status section.
If you purchased Creative Cloud membership before May 1st, 2015, you have hosting credits on Business Catalyst that includes access to five free live web Basics sites. You can choose to use your hosting credits or continue reading to learn how to purchase a Business Catalyst subscription using your credit card.
If you haven't already purchase Business Catalyst subscription, you can enter credit card information so that you or your client can pay for site hosting. If you prefer that form of payment, click the Partner Portal link in the top of the Dashboard, then choose the name of your site in the Clients tab and click Upgrade. The Upgrade window that appears enables you to enter the payment information.
There are two types of users that you might want to add as Admin users:
- Other web designers: If you are working with a team to design a Muse site, you can add your colleagues as Admin users so that they can update the site files and manage the site too.
- Your clients: They may be interested in logging in to the Dashboard to view the reports and learn how their site is performing.
Your clients do not have to have Adobe Muse installed to access the Dashboard of their site. They can access it using any web browser with an Internet connection, using the user name that you set up for them. If you are working remotely, you can also log in to the Dashboard using any computer that has a browser and an Internet connection.
If you click Add a domain, you are presented with a window that enables you to associate a domain name you have registered with the upgraded Muse site. This is one of the final steps you'll take to launch the finished site and make it available to the general public.
To learn more about managing your site, or uploading the site to a third party hosting provider, see Uploading website to a third-party hosting provider.
As you are working to design a site in Muse, you can export all the site files any time. Muse generates the HTML, CSS, and scripting files and creates a full site with sliced image files and assets. Exporting is a simple process that only takes a few minutes.
Exporting a site in Muse to generate a folder of site assets
There are three main reasons to export the site files from a Muse project:
- The files are stored on your local drive as a backup of the site, so you can access them locally.
- You can use an FTP client (a free third-party tool or Adobe Dreamweaver) to upload your website to any service provider you want to use to host your site.
- You can repurpose some of the image files you created for your site for other projects, such as social media sites, email newsletters, and blogs.
Muse automatically slices and optimizes image files as you publish or export a site. Exporting is a handy way to generate a folder of the site assets that can be used for any project, including mobile applications that will be delivered online.
Follow these steps to export while your site is open in Muse:
It can be helpful to export the entire site to your local hard drive in situations where you want to repurpose the site's web assets for email newsletters, social media sites, and mobile applications. Muse exports the optimized image files into a separate folder. You can also manually upload the exported files to the hosting account of your choice. To learn more about uploading file to an external hosting provider, see Using a third-party FTP client to upload assets to a hosted Muse site.