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4 Awesome Resources for Creating Adobe Muse Websites

As you start building websites in Adobe Muse, you’ll find yourself looking for the same types of graphics and widgets consistently.  Elements such as repeating textures and backgrounds can be difficult to find, especially high quality versions that are appropriate for a professional site.  How many times has your client requested a feature in a site that you don’t have a clue how to achieve?  If it’s not built directly into Muse don’t worry, the web has plenty of embeddable apps that seamlessly integrate with Muse to achieve the functionality you desire.

Here’s a list of a few of my favorite Adobe Muse resources for graphics and apps that play nicely with Adobe Muse.


1. Subtle Patterns

This is the best resource for perfectly tiled repeating textures on the web today.  It features a huge library of patterns, quick previews, and even allows free use for commercial or personal projects.  A great site and valuable resource by Interaction Designer Atle Mo.

 

2. Nabble – Free Forums and Embeddable Apps

Nabble is one of my best kept secrets (or at least it was).  It provides free embeddable forums, blogs, photo galleries and other embeddable apps.  Once you’ve signed up, simply insert the HTML embed code into your Adobe Muse site and you’ve got a really powerful, fully featured forum or blog in seconds.  I can’t find or think of a better way to create a complete forum with Adobe Muse.

(The Muse-Themes.com forum is powered by Nabble)

 

3. Embedit.in

Embedit.in is a really innovative way to view text documents and other files through embedding.  Simply select your file to upload, and Embedit will provide you with an html snippet that you can place into an Adobe Muse website.  It has a fairly slick interface, which includes options for zooming, downloading, or printing the document or file itself.  I’ve tested this service with Muse, and it works like a charm.  Embedit.in is now part of Box.net, the leader in online file sharing and collaboration.

 

4. Smashing Magazine Freebies

If you’re actively working in the world of web design, you’ve probably heard of Smashing Magazine before.  It’s likely the number one resource online for innovative design tips and trends in web and interaction.  Smashing gives away freebies such as icon sets, user interface PSD files, and a variety of other helpful graphics that you can use when creating your website in Muse. 

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Using the resources above, I’m confident that any visual designer can create a beautiful and functional website in Adobe Muse without writing any code.

If Muse doesn’t contain the functionality you desire built directly into its widgets, then simply search the web for an embeddable version that you can use.  There’s really no limit to what you can achieve, and this list just scratches the surface of what’s possible with Muse’s embed HTML feature.

 

Cheers!

Steve Harris

Muse-Themes.com

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Steve Harris
Steve Harris / Calgary, Canada

Steve Harris started MuseThemes in 2011 and steadily grew the company, going from a full-time corporate employee to being his own boss. More than just MuseThemes, Steve is a conference speaker, Lynda.com author, and holds equally large collections of both business books and fine scotch.

Comments

John
John

Great Post!

Denise
Denise

Make sure you build your web pages with Adsense on them with lots of koyewrds based on what ads you want to show. Make sure the koyewrd (for example video games ) are in the title of your web page. If ads are showing up that you don’t want, you can go into your competitive ad filter on your adsense admin page and enter the URL for the ads that are displaying that you don’t like.I hope this helps!

MikeyD
MikeyD

Subtle patterns is awesome. I can’t believe I never knew about it!

bgdesign
bgdesign

I really appreciate you guys and all the great information you provide. Adobe should pay you!!! Thanks again!!!!!!

Rosetta Bailey
Rosetta Bailey

I have a website that was built in CS3 Dreamweaver. Can this website be transferred over to MUSE for easy updating?

Muse-Themes.com
Muse-Themes.com

Hi Rosetta,

You wouldn’t be able to move a pre-built site (from Dreamweaver) over to Muse. There isn’t any sort of import function, so your only option would be to rebuild it directly in Muse. Best of luck!

Lilly
Lilly

Great post, thank you! I’m wondering, what’s the best way to add a subtle pattern to a muse site? Is there any other way than by importing the pattern/texture as a big psd and putting it in between background and content?

jiijiil
jiijiil

thank you man , you are life saver

Jeff
Jeff

I have sites previously built out in DW, but just love MUSE & its creativity. Slowly rebuilding all of my client’s sites out in Muse.
Great Post Steve… thanks for your effort in supplying valuable info.

Fiona
Fiona

Thanks for sharing! Great tips.

Martha
Martha

My nabble blog is working good. Its perfect for my client to add postings since she is not Working in Muse. One thing I am stuck on. I want it to be placed down the page under the header and slide show I designed in Muse. Is that possible? The header shows for a second then instead of scrolling down to see the blog post. the nabble blog jumps to the top of the page and replaces the header I designed in Muse.
http://www.laurieeisenhardt.com/in-the-studio.html

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