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In this course, author James Fritz shows how to create HTML-based websites with Muse—a toolset familiar to anyone who has used Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator. The course covers the design process from start to finish, from setting up web pages and populating them with graphics and text, to creating dynamic menus and adding special features such as widgets, slideshows, animations, embedded video, social media integration, and more. James also explains how to create an alternate layout for display on mobile devices, publish and update your site, and view analytics on web traffic.
After publishing your site, there's a strong possibility that you'll need to make changes eventually. How these changes are handled depends on your export method. Did you export via HTML or did you publish your site directly to Business Catalyst? If you exported your site via HTML, and uploaded it yourself, what you'll need to do is go back in to Muse and go to File > Export as HTML, again if you make any changes in Muse. Then, you'll have to grab all of the content that you've exported and upload all of it again to your Web server.
If you've exported your web site to HTML and then made changes to that exported content. For example, you tweak the CSS, when you re-export from Muse those CSS files that you've changed will no longer be there and you'll have lost them. So keep in mind, when you export from Muse, you don't want to make any more changes to the Muse file because you'll have to redo every single manual change in the code by hand again. If you've published with Business Catalyst, it's very easy to make changes.
So if you plan on making changes to your Muse file regularly, I recommend you use Business Catalyst as your host. Let's take a look at the temporary site that we generated in the previous movie. I can do that by going to the Publish tab, and then clicking on the URL that's located underneath Site Name. So right now the web site looks good, but let's say the client came back to me and told me that they wanted to move VISION New works from the SAMOCA Art Collection up a little bit. Well, to do that, I'm going to go back into Muse and I'm going to cancel out of this dialog and go to the Home page.
Next I'll select this group, and I'm going to click and drag and put it on the top. After making this change, we're going to press the Publish button again. Next, when I press the Options button I can see where I'm going to be publishing to, and I want to publish to that temporary site. You'll notice that it says Only modified files, because since I made just a small little change it doesn't make sense to have to re-export the entire web site. This will be a much faster export. However, if you want to export everything again, you can just choose All files and then the entire web site will be refreshed.
Sometimes this is a good idea, if you updated to a new version of Muse, because over the time Muse will re-optimize the HTML export. So if you find yourself updating Muse it's probably a good idea to change the Upload to All files. So now we'll press OK and you can see the export went much faster. Now that we're viewing the test site online you can see that our change has been updated. After publishing your site to Business Catalyst you may eventually want to move your site to your own domain.
You can do this by pressing the Manage button at the top of the screen within Muse. After pressing this button, you'd be brought to the Admin page in Business Catalyst. From here, you'll be able to view your analytics as well as manage various aspects of your site.
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