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Adobe Muse vs WordPress

To start with, comparing Adobe Muse versus WordPress is not actually about comparing the software themselves, but rather about comparing two different approaches to website creation. If you know a thing or two about website creation, it’s highly unlikely that you would end up with these last two options – Adobe Muse and WordPress – as they are too different to be compared against each other, though they share the same goal – to help you build a site.

Muse is Adobe’s answer to designers who want to create a complete (but simple) site without the need for a developer. WordPress is more for people who want to set up a functional, dynamic website.

Ease of use

Adobe Muse. If you do a lot of work in Illustrator or Photoshop, you will find Muse’s interface quite user-friendly. But if you never worked with Adobe’s products, getting started with Muse will definitely take you some time.

Adobe Muse Interface

Though the platform looks clean and simple, I would say it’s not that self-explaining, and you will still need to watch multiple tutorials to learn best practices.

WordPress. WordPress, just like Adobe Muse, is only simple to those who worked with it previously. But if you are a newbie, you will certainly spend some time on learning the workflow.

WordPress CMS

Adobe Muse vs WordPress. Neither option is straightforward and works out-of-the box. Unlike hosted website builders like Wix or uKit which offer everything you need under the same roof (hosting, templates, widgets, etc.), Adobe Muse and WordPress do not offer that straightforward workflow.

Feature Set and Flexibility

Adobe Muse. Adobe Muse offers a platform of design resources to help you draw your website. Its feature set has dramatically improved since the platform’s launch, but still it is more a static website creator for sites with a focus on visuals rather than functionality.

Adobe Muse Sitemap Editor

WordPress. WordPress needs no introduction. This open source content management system lets you build literally any kind of web presence. The strength and beauty of WordPress is in its flexibility and scalability. With thousands od plugins and extensions developed exclusivley for WordPress, you can build an interactive, engaging, dynamic website.

WordPRess plugins

WordPress vs Adobe Muse. It is beyond doubt that WordPress is the clear winner when it comes to the potential growth of your site compared to Adobe Muse. Muse is a great tool for creatives building informational sites but not for interactive, feature-laden sites. Muse is more geared towards landing page creation.

Who is it for? Graphic designers vs coders

Adobe Muse is just one of the many new platforms aiming at graphic designers. Sites like Webydo and Webflow share the same mission – to help designers bring their ideas to life without having to rely on manual coding.

But is this the future of web design? Can we seriously compare platforms like these with full-fledged content management systems like WordPress, for example? Will graphic designers be replacing coders soon?

Adobe Muse Featured

Of course they will not. Just because someone has to start the cycle with code to build and support code-free Do-It-Yourself site builders. Though here at SWB we all love site builders, we do not think these are the future of web design. That’s rather an analogy to consider. If you just need to build an informational 3-page site, Adobe Muse can be a great option (especially if you have already worked with Adobe’s products). But if you build complex websites for your clients, you will benefit more from WordPress, that’s obvious.

Another option is probably a combo. You can start with WordPress and then add your own custom designed elements created with Muse. Having WordPress as backend is always a smart choice. What you think?

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  • C Stein

    Thanks for the article. I’ve been building with wordpress for years and only recently came across Muse. Most of the sites I design are for small business and they are generally pretty static. I’ve always been a proponent of WordPress, but if I’m being honest, it may be overkill for a lot of the sites I build. The one thing I was thinking was security. I spend a lot of time trying to keep wordpress sites updated and secure. A muse built site, however, because it is only html driven, will inherently be more secure…. not to mention faster because it doesn’t have the database backend. All that to say, I agree that for complex sites, wordpress is still the way to go. But I thinking that having a Muse skill set will be a very good asset for someone who builds simple, static sites.

    • Hi,
      Thanks for your so informative comment! Your experience of using Adobe Muse surely helps other users to make a right choice.
      With regards,
      Howard Steele.