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1 click-Install WordPress

The first thing we need to do is install WordPress on your hosting server if you don’t have an existing one going. If you have already installed WordPress, you only need to proceed to install MusexPress as a WordPress plugin. Please make sure your hosting provider is compatible to run WordPress before downloading MusexPress. With WordPress powering the 27% of the world’s websites, you can be sure most of the hosting providers can run it and you will be able to check this on their websites. If you can’t, just ask to your host if it can run WordPress. On wordpress.org go to about and you’ll find a a ready to use letter (click here). Just copy and paste and submit to your host. Most of the Hosting providers have the 1-click installer or the WordPress installer to set it up on your domain automatically. This allows you to install WordPress on the root or in a subfolder of your domain without having to create a database manually. Our hosting provider is Hostgator, that’s one of the biggest and most popular. So, if we go to our HostGator C-panel,  we can see the WordPress 1 click installation icon.

Just click on it and choose the domain and the folder where you want to install your WordPress. 

All we have to do now is just to choose the site name, the admin user and enter the first name, the last name and the admin email. As you can see, you can choose to create a database automatically if you haven’t it already. You can also use your own existing one. Just check or uncheck this box. 

Ok, now we only need to click on the “Install Now button” and we’ll have WordPress installed in the folder we have chosen before. The work is done! For most of the hosting providers (eg. Godaddy, Site Ground, Bluehost, Media Temple…) you’re going to go to a similar set up process like the one on Hostgator.

 

Install WordPress Manually

If your hosting provider doesn’t have the 1-click installer, you can install WordPress manually as well. Let’s see how to do this. As first, we need to create a MySQL database. So, we’re in Hostgator now but the process is similar for the other hosting providers. Click on the MySql database in your hosting provider panel and then create a new database.

 Choose your database name

Create a new user and add it to the database

Remember to save this information because we need to use them during the WordPress installation process. Ok what we need to do now is download WordPress from WordPress.org. Just click on the download button, and it comes up a  zip.

Unzip it file and copy all the folder contents. Open your FTP Client (like FileZilla or Cyberduck) and insert your FTP credentials. Paste the WodPress folder contents in the root of your domain or in a subfolder you want.

Once the upload is completed, open your browser and insert the URL of your site. Ok, there are only a few simple steps before your WorPress is installed. Choose the language and click on continue. It comes up this welcoming box that gives you some details about the next steps. So let’s go. In the box about the database connection details insert the database info we’ve set before: so the database name, the username and password. Don’t change the Database Host and the Table prefix if not necessary.

The work is almost done. Click the run to install button and fill in the form to create the admin account. Enter the site title, a username and a secure password. Insert a valid email to receive any notifications. Please note that you have to leave the “Search engine visibility” check box unflagged to have SEO working at its best.

Well done!

Now that our WordPress is ready to work, we can install MusexPress.

 

Install MusexPress

Go to the WordPress admin panel and click on the Plugin menu. Go to “add new” to upload the MusexPress 3.x plugin. Select the musexpress.zip file you have downloaded from MuseGain.com. Click on the install now button, wait for the installation and when finished activate the plugin.

The first thing you notice is that you’re asked to verify your Musegain ID to enable the MusexPress automatic updates. Go to “verify” and in the Musegain ID field enter the same email you used to purchase the Advanced or Rockstar plan on Musegain.com. If your subscription plan is active, you’ll get a message like this! Now that MusexPress 3.x is correctly installed, all we have to do is just to connect the admin panel to our Adobe Muse project.

 

Upload the Muse Template

Once your website design is finished, click on the File menu and then “upload to FTP hosting”. We insert our FTP credentials and continue. Now we have to insert the site URL. Pay attention to the “folder on server section”. That’s a very important step to have MusexPress working properly. You need to insert here the same WordPress installation path as completed before (either in root folder or in subfolder) and add  /mxp_theme. We’re ready to go to the next steps. In the Upload section select “All files” if you’re uploading MusexPress for the first time. Then you can choose “only modified files”. Click ok. You will see an FTP validation alert. Don’t worry about that. Click on Ignore and wait for the website upload.

 

Convert all pages

Once the upload is completed, go to your WordPress admin panel. The last thing we need to do is to convert the Adobe Muse pages. From the MusexPress Menu, click on the Pages converter. As you can see, this section includes all the pages of your Muse project. Flag the first checkbox to have them all selected and click on “convert”. On the top of your dashboard you can notice the pages are successfully converted. 

After the conversion you’ll be redirect in the Page settings section to set the pages of your blog, the error page and the woocommerce pages.To see how to set the Blog and the WooCommerce pages here, please look at the Blog and WooCommerce documentation.

MusexPress Overview

MusexPress 3.2 is a WordPress Plugin that enables you to connect your Adobe Muse site to one of the most used CMS in the world. Adobe Muse ensures limitless design freedom to give your site a unique style. WordPress allows to add content editing to your Muse site thus enabling users to make edits and revise contents by themselves. With MusexPress you can expand even more the Muse capabilities, you can now use more than 50 thousands plugins.

What you can do with MusexPress

With MusexPress you will be able to make your static Muse site dynamic. Create your Blog and Shop, add dynamic content using the Boxes plugin, create new pages directly from the WordPress admin panel with our Page Creator, or be inspired by the whole WordPress Plugin repository. There’re no limits to your creativity.

MusexPress Dashboard

In the Welcome tab you can find useful links that will help you create your site with MusexPress, such as official documentation, Video tutorials and other guides.

Extensions Tab is a quick link to official MusexPress plugins, such as the Blog, Woocommerce, Boxes etc.

From Extensions Settings you can enable WordPress Admin Panel Bar on the frontend of your site and the Coming Soon mode.

Here you can also manage some plugin settings, such as Blog, Frontend Editor or Search Box, if you have those plugins installed.

In the Status Tab you can find useful information about your server status, like PHP version, php.ini directives and PHP modules. For each setting of your server, you will get an alert with the optimal configuration.

Finally, in the Tools Tab you find some handy quick options that allow to fix some potential issue. Specifically we find:

Clear User Theme: it will clear all the files from the MusexPress user theme.

Move Muse File: it automatically moves the Muse files you’ve uploaded in the /mxp_theme folder of your server.

Regenerate .htaccess: if you need to regenerate the .htaccess file, you can do that directly from here.

Restore original WordPress index.php: very useful in the case you have to move from MusexPress 2 to 3, for example.

MusexPress Settings

The “Musegain ID” tab allows you to set your ID and enable automatic updates. Don’t forget that Musegain ID is the email you used to subscribe your plan.

Page Settings

From the Page Settings tab you can set some functional pages for your site. If you have installed the MusexPress plugin only, here you will see only one page setting:

– Error Page: page that should be displayed on error 404.

Page Converter

The Page Converter tab provides some options that may be important to have your site working correctly.

– Remove Muse Seo: select this option to remove the metatags set in Muse and enable the WordPress SEO management (very powerful). Check this setting if you use blog/shop or page creator pages. This way each post/product will have a SEO Friendly title;

– Convert Redirect version url: check this box if you have mobile/tablet pages;

– Remove Muse jQuery: Muse uses a jQuery version older than the one used in WordPress. Sometimes it may be useful to check this option to remove the jQuery inserted by Muse. Check this box if you use Woocommerce;

– jQuery No Conflict: this option appends two scripts that should prevent the conflict between different jquery versions. Check this box if you use the Dynamic Menu or if in your console there is an error “$ is not defined”;

– Remove Network Protocol: if you have an SSL certificate on your site, you may have some mixed content issues. This option removes http:// and https:// from links to prevent Mixed Content issues. Select this option if you have an SSL certificate installed on your site;

– Convert Base Url: this option will prevent errors of missing assets due to the resources added to the web page from javascript. Check this option only if you have missing assets and only if you don’t use internal anchors inside the page;

– Create Robots.txt:  with this option the converter creates a robots.txt file on the root of your WordPress installation to prevent web crawlers to index your html files.

– Move RequireJS: if checked, it moves RequireJS scripts to the bottom of the page. It is recommended in the case you have Woocommerce installed.

Prefill Page Content: if checked it prefills WordPress pages with Muse texts for Search purposes.

Don’t forget to convert again your pages after saving these settings. If you have pages that need different settings to work properly, you can also reconvert only a set of page.

MusexPress Optional Widgets

From the Plugin menu you can download the new MusexPress 3.2 widgets, clicking on the new Download Widgets button

Once the download process is ended, open the zip folder and open the MusexPress optional widgets .mulib file.

These optional widgets are:

– Page Content: It allows to customize the native WordPress page content. You can style it from the widgets options that contains several options allowing to have a full customization of your layout.

– Custom Fields: it can be used for any text field as many times as want, just be aware to change the custom field name.

You can also edit the text transformation and the html tag.

It’s useful if you want the page title to be different to the actual WordPress page title, for example.

To style your custom fields you can use the native Muse text options.

– Page Featured Image: it pulls directly the default featured image of WordPress. You can change its style from muse Fill Menu.

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