After designing your site in Adobe Muse, you can host your site on Adobe Business Catalyst or any third-party hosting service such as GoDaddy.
Before you begin publishing, click File > Save to save the 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 want to host your site on a different server, you can choose to publish your sites to the Adobe hosting servers temporarily. You can then 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 the Export Page option and remove the check mark. The selected page is not published.
This option is a toggle. When you are ready to publish the page, right-click and select the Export Page option to apply the check mark again. The home page of your website 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 you deselect the Export Page option, the page is not published when you publish your site. The pages are also not exported when you export your site.
Changing the Export Page option after you have already published a site removes 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 send your clients a link to visit their trial site and then make some changes, you can publish the new version and share. Alternatively, your clients can also log in and see the work-in-progress.
Adobe 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.
To publish an Adobe Muse site, perform the following steps:
The site name that you enter is used to create the trial site's temporary domain name. When you upgrade the live site, you can use a domain name of your choosing for the address of your site.
Adobe Muse automatically generates a URL for the trial site. For example, site_name.businesscatalyst.com.
The autogenerated name is displayed in gray below the Site Name field. Each site name must be unique in the system. If you enter a name that is already in use, Adobe Muse changes the name slightly to make the name unique.
If you do not like the name that Adobe Muse automatically generates, you can change it.
Expand the Options section by clicking the arrow next to this menu item. Enter a new, unique name in the URL field.
The system verifies whether the new URL you enter is unique. If the name 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. If you have already created trial sites in the past, choose the Existing Site option. Then, select the name of an existing trial site in the Publish To menu.
If you are creating an iteration of an existing site, you can choose to publish the newer version of a design to a new site. That is, the new files do not overwrite the existing site. This strategy is useful when you want to send your clients two links. In this case, your clients can compare two versions of a site at the same time, in different browser windows.
By default, the Data Center option is set to Automatic. 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. Usually, you need not change the 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. The site performs optimally for your client when they view it online.
After you set the Site Name, URL, and other 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. The system displays a confirmation message that indicates that the trial site is being hosted.
To manage the site in the confirmation window, click the Manage button. To continue working, click OK and close the window.
You can also use Business Catalyst to publish your site live using 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.
Before launching your site, register a domain name that you want to use by contacting a third-party domain name registrar. For more information, see Domain Name Registrar.
Before embarking on the actual Publish process, review the workflow outlined below to get a better understanding of the steps required:
- Push the published site live and provide payment information (or use a hosting credit)
- Add new users that can administer the site
- Add the site's domain name to associate it with the live Muse site
- Log in to the site where you registered your domain name and update the DNS settings
The first time you publish a free trial site in Adobe Muse, you also sign up for a free Business Catalyst account. That is, if you already do not have an account.
When you publish your site, you can access the Dashboard for your site in Business Catalyst.
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 1, 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 purchased a Business Catalyst subscription, you can enter the credit card information to pay for site hosting.
To pay using credit card, from the Dashboard, click the Partner Portal link. Then, choose the name of your site in the Clients tab. Click Upgrade. The Upgrade window that appears enables you to enter the payment information.
There are two types of users that you can add as Admin users:
- Other web designers: If you work with a team to design an Adobe Muse site, you can add your colleagues as Admin users. These users can update the site files and manage the site.
- Your clients: To enable your clients to log in to the Dashboard, 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 can associate a domain name that you have registered, with the upgraded site.
Adding a domain is one of the final steps that you perform 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 Adobe Muse, you can export all the files any time. Adobe Muse generates the HTML, CSS, and scripting files, and creates a full site with sliced image files and assets. Image slicing allows images, especially large images, to be cut into smaller sections.
Exporting is a simple process that only takes a few minutes. There are three main reasons to export the site files from Adobe Muse:
- 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 to upload your website to any service provider that you want to use to host your site.
- You can repurpose some of the image files that you created for your site for other projects, such as social media sites, email newsletters, and blogs.
Adobe Muse automatically slices and optimizes image files as you publish or export a site. Exporting generates a folder of the site assets that can be used for any project, including mobile applications that are delivered online.
Read on to know how to export while your site is open in Adobe Muse:
It is better to export the entire site to your local hard drive if you want to repurpose the site's web assets for newsletters, social media, or mobile applications.
Adobe 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.
During the publish process in Adobe Muse, if you experience errors, see the following links:
- Unexpected error when publishing to Business Catalyst
- Shared unknown error while publishing to Business Catalyst
- Error 400 while publishing or exporting a site
Apart from these errors, if you experience access issues, ensure that your Business Catalyst credentials are correct.
To resolve any other issues, contact Adobe Support.