Muse to WordPress
Tom Baxter

Tom Baxter

Providing high-quality graphic designs since 1996.

5 Lessons Learned from Converting Adobe Muse to WordPress

On March 26, 2018 we will release the final feature improvement release of Adobe Muse. We will continue to offer technical support to all active Creative Cloud customers until March 26, 2020.

That’s from Adobe’s End of Service for Muse page. In other words, you need to move your website out of Adobe Muse ASAP. I have a client that created a custom website with Muse. Why not? It came with their Adobe CC subscription, and it’s sole purpose was aimed at designers who didn’t know how to code. The only problem was that you still had to upload the files via FTP and once they were uploaded things start getting buggy. Nowadays there’s DIY web builders like Wix and Squarespace which takes the FTP uploads and hosting headaches out of the equation.

My client knew they had to get their website out of Muse, but they didn’t know how to do it. They’re staff didn’t know web design, and their site was having a lot of issues. I had a consultation with them and we discussed moving the content over to Squarespace or WordPress. I gave him the pros and cons for each platform. They decided to go with WordPress because I would be able to match their current site design, and we would be able to fully customize the site in the future without any restrictions.

Here are the 5 lessons that I learned when converting Adobe Muse to WordPress.

  1. Make sure the client’s current hosting package can handle WordPress. I had the client ask their hosting provider this, and they said their current hosting package can handle WordPress. Well, kinda. All hosting can handle WordPress, but unless you have a hosting package that’s optimized for WordPress then your site will be slow and buggy. I convinced the client to upgrade their hosting to a WordPress specific package and now it’s running faster and smoother.
  2. Use a Muse to WordPress conversion plugin. There’s a couple plugins that will convert a site built in Muse to WordPress. MWuse – Adobe Muse Converter is one I considered, but didn’t use because the client’s Muse files weren’t set up in the right format that this plugin requires. If you can use this plugin then go for it! It should save a lot of time.
  3. Make sure your images are optimized for the web. Yes, this is a no brainer, but I was under the assumption the client’s images were optimized. Because they’re not web designers, most of their images were too large. They were using large PNG images with transparent backgrounds for their heros. Some of these were 3 MB! I had to explain why we need to remove the transparency and convert to JPEG to help speed up their site.
  4. Now’s the time to make changes. I recommended making a few design tweaks to the client’s site to help make it more SEO friendly and to enhance the user experience. I also asked them to send me any copy or image changes they need.
  5. Make sure the client understands WordPress maintenance. With great power comes great responsibility! I explained to the client that WordPress will constantly need to be updated and maintained, otherwise the site will start acting up and pose a security risk. I’ve handed off a few websites to clients, only to see the site fall apart due to a lack of maintenance. I now offer my clients two monthly WordPress maintenance packages to choose from simply because I hate seeing a site I worked on fall apart due to a lack of updates.

In conclusion, these lessons can be applied to any site that needs to be converted to WordPress. If you are using Adobe Muse then you should consider your options to convert now and plan accordingly before the March 26, 2020 deadline. Please reach out to me if you need help converting your site from Muse. I can review your site and recommend the best option for your site.

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