How to Add a Blog in Adobe Muse
Learn how to easily add a blog to your Adobe Muse website
Adobe Muse is the perfect solution for web designers who want to design rather than code.
But one thing has held back some designers and clients from embracing Adobe Muse — the lack of a seamless content management system.
Thankfully, things are changing now, and the options for adding a CMS and blogging system in Muse look promising, as I’ll elaborate soon.
Until now, there were two popular options for managing blog content in Muse.
The first was Business Catalyst. BC is used by many Adobe Muse designers because it is an Adobe owned company and compatible with Adobe Muse.
However, Business Catalyst requires CSS and HTML knowledge, as well as demanding a steep learning curve.
Importing an RSS Feed
The second frequently used option is importing an RSS feed. This is an indirect way of hosting a blog or other content with Adobe Muse.
While some great blogs have been maintained this way, SEO engines regard this as duplicate content. This means that your blog doesn’t improve your SEO, which is an important reason many clients like to have a blog in the first place.
Adobe Muse web designers have been asking for a proper Muse CMS and blog system for years now. We’ve heard your prayers, and Publiz set out to create a powerful, easy to use CMS and blogging system exclusively for Adobe Muse.
Instead of manipulating code with various shenanigans to attach a CMS to Muse, or using a heavy, hard to use system, Adobe Muse designers have finally gotten what they asked for: a clean, robust CMS created just for Adobe Muse.
The Publiz CMS
Publiz is a fully functional CMS, with all the features web designers expect from a high-performing content management and blog platform.
Let’s start with the designing angle for designers.
Forget about filling in limited settings in a widget’s option panel to design the blog or showcase. You get to design every part of the content, with full control, like every other page you design in Muse. Each field is a separate component. You have full flexibility on the image styling and positioning. The text are regular Muse text fields with full access to all the styling options Muse offers.
It’s a designer’s dream — because this means that every blog you design can be 100% unique, instead of based on a template!
How does the CMS work?
All you need to do to set up your blog: Drag the Publiz Master Widget from the library panel, and place it on the blog’s master page.
Simply put your Publiz Account address and Blog ID# in the widget, and this will sync to the Publiz platform your client will be using to update all their blogs.
The Master Widget pulls in the content your client adds on the Publiz platform and displays it within your design framework in Adobe Muse. Each new post your client adds, Publiz create an new page on your website using the same design you designed in Adobe Muse.
Once you’ve finished designing the blog blog, you’re done. There’s no maintenance or upgrading needed on your end.
On Your Client’s End
Of course, as great as the Publiz CMS is for designers, it wouldn’t be too valuable if clients didn’t like it.
Luckily for designers, clients have been reporting hugely positive feedback.
There’s a few advantages to Publiz that are so incredible I’d like to point them out:
It’s Fully Hosted on AWS
Your clients don’t have to worry about hosting the blog, because it’s fully hosted on Amazon Web Servers. That means excellent uptime and security, and automatic upgrades for your clients. Everything is safely stored for them in the cloud.
The Interface is Self-Explanatory
You don’t have to provide any training for your clients, and they won’t call you up with any questions when they update blog content, because the interface is light and intuitive.
There’s tons of features your clients will like- tags, writers, vendors, custom slugs, automatic publish date, categories, etc. But instead of being overwhelming, they’re laid out in a beautiful, simple interface that’s really easy to use and master.
Multiple writers can easily contribute on Publiz simultaneously. And readers can interact with blog posts with an inbuilt Disqus commenting system.
Automatic Publishing Schedule
Blogging just flows when you can set up an automatic publishing schedule. Your clients can schedule blog posts and set up an efficient, effective blogging schedule.
Just guide them on the phone or via screenshare the first time for a few minutes, or show them the training video. That’s all there is to do before your clients start publishing great content with your beautiful design.