Easy Websites For Small Business: Get Online Fast With Adobe Muse

Adobe Muse theme: Muse Shop

Adobe Muse Template

You’ve got a small business, but you don’t have a website. Many small businesses don’t. But what if your competitors do? You need to stay competitive.

Not worry, if you need to get a website FAST, there are many ways you can do it yourself. Over the next few weeks, we’ll look at some of them.

We’ll start by looking at Adobe Muse. Muse is an HTML editor which helps you to create wonderful websites, without writing any code. Adobe has lots of videos to get you started creating with Muse. If you can use a word processor, you can use Muse.

The benefits of Muse: start with a blank slate, or a template design

With Muse, you can start your website with a completely blank slate if you wish. Just drag elements like images, menus, text and and contact forms wherever you like on the page. Muse uses the print page metaphor, which everyone understands. Web coders don’t like this, but you’re not a coder. You’re trying to run a business.

If you know exactly what you want on your new website, you’ll love the blank slate option. On the other hand, maybe you need some inspiration. If you do, you can give the blank slate a miss, and opt for a Muse template. In the image above, you can see a template called Muse Shop at ThemeForest. It’s ideal if you want to… Um, set up a shop. ;-)

You’re not restricted to online store templates, of course. You’ll find many Muse templates at ThemeForest, for just about any website you can imagine. The themes are all under $20; with live previews, and screen shots, so you can get an idea of how the theme will look.

If you want a “responsive” theme, that is, a theme that looks good in Web browsers as well as devices, check out these 75 responsive themes.

Adobe Creative Cloud hosts your Muse website for free, or upgrade

You get “free” Muse websites with your Adobe Creative Cloud membership; you need the membership to use Muse. However, Adobe has other options, with Adobe Business Catalyst:

Adobe Business Catalyst offers flexible site plans that cater to any client’ s needs. From simple content management in our webBasics plan, through to a fully featured online business with our webCommerce plan, we’ve got you covered.

Maybe you don’t need a website

Do you even need a website? That depends. You may not. Yesterday, we talked about Selz, which lets you create an online store, without a website. You can interact with customers on social media, and sell via Selz. You can even embed your Selz store into a Facebook page.

However, if you’ve decided that you need a website, check out Adobe Muse.

Adobe Muse Beginners’ Video

Here’s an excellent video from Terry White to help you to get started with Muse.

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