Sometimes I might be convinced that just because I like it, things are being discontinued*. But that would be drawing a causal relationship where there isn’t one.**
Muse is/was a really neat tool to make a nice portfolio website, without code – which I know is music to most non-techy artsy people’s ears.
People were upset and even launched a petition to stop Muse from being discontinued!
Adobe meanwhile has stopped development from 26th of march 2018 on and after May 20, 2019, there will no longer be any compatibility updates or fixes to bugs that could appear when users publish a Muse-created website.
tl;dr: You can use Muse to build and publish new and old sites untill 2020, which more or less do what you expected them to do.
Instead of waiting for your site to age disgracefully, you could just start using and getting used to a new CMS (content management system) or a different wysiwig (what you see is what you get) site builder.
Some alternatives to Adobe Muse:
Weebly – more a wysiwig editor for websites.
WordPress.com – offers a beter experience than weebly imo, but ymmv.
w/o code – The adobe muse devs are going to build something like MUSE.
If you want to stay within the adobe ecosystem; here’s a few suggestions from Adobe:
If you are building complex websites and applications, you can now use Adobe XD. Although XD does not generate web-ready code as Adobe Muse did, XD is an all-in-one solution that allows users to design, prototype and collaborate with stakeholders and developers to bring their websites to life.
If you are building a website to showcase your creative work, you can use Adobe Portfolio to create beautiful portfolio websites that can also be connected to the Behance platform.
If you are building one-page websites, such as photo stories, newsletters, or landing pages, you can use Adobe Spark Page to create beautiful responsive web pages with your own unique brand.
Happy building! And if decide you want me to take care of your website for you – so you can focus on making art, drop me a line. :)
* Firefly, that favorite yogurth in the supermarket.
** Pigeons, for instance are superstitious:
The superstitious person… or pigeon
Superstition is seen in most cultures, and isn’t even limited to humans. For example, the behaviourist B.F. Skinner famously demonstrated in 1948 that if pigeons displayed a behaviour that accidentally correlated with the presence of food, they would continue to show that behaviour despite food being released at set intervals. One pigeon would turn while the other would sway its head in an attempt to get food. In other words, a superstitious response had revealed itself through operant conditioning.
if the above sparked your interest, you can read the full article here.