Playing With Adobe Muse Turns Into Working With Adobe Muse

I heart Joomla! And always will. Lately I've been "playing" with Adobe Muse. (I'm already a huge fan of InDesign and Edge Animate. And I'm starting to use Illustrator and Photoshop more than I use GIMP and Inkscape.)

Joomla handles a different workload than Muse. If I ever put the effort into turning badthinker.com into the Onion-esque satirical destination I know it can be (in my head), then Joomla is by far and away the CMS de résistance. But for building simple, elegant web designs really fast -- Muse is fantastic. So far, it's the ultimate WYSIWYG++ editor.

Recently I built a Joomla! site. I tweaked the CSS and fonts as usual to get a certain look and feel, but I wan't satisfied with the result. (The site is essentially a souped-up landing page.) As an exercise, I decided to put the design and copy in Muse. Within two hours I had a fully functioning site (including menus, contact and product pages).

Writing the copy along side the graphic and design elements reminds me of InDesign. Not bouncing back and forth between article editor and browser rendering eliminates any context switching penalties and contributes to the flow of copy on the page. Trés kewél.

One drawback is Muse doesn't handle dynamic content well yet. The solution is to use free blogger platforms and "embed" it into your Muse genned code. Unless the blogging site uses your domain name, not a great idea because of the suboptimal implications to site SEO.

For me, adding dynamic content is an easy solve. I return to the arms of my sweet Joomla! and point the Muse blog link to it. A few tweaks to the Joomla! CSS template and violà! A consistent look and feel and a transition transparent to the casual reader. (Geeks, of course, can tell. Whether they use browser dev tools to check the source or view the site through the most advanced graphics card and monitor available or use a mirror to look down a wishing well backward predicting the future as I type this ... geeks always know.)

*Quick grammar insight re: backward vs. backwards -- American English always use backward. British English use backwards as an adverb and backward as an adjective.

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