Ecwid Shopping Cart Plugins Now Available for Adobe Muse Websites

Mar 21, 2015 by Matt Kuritsyn, Ecwid Team
Posted Mar 21, 2015 by Matt Kuritsyn, Ecwid Team

We are happy to share that Ecwid plugins are now available through the Adobe Muse marketplace! Thanks to the growing number of Adobe Muse customers already using Ecwid, it has quickly become a popular e-commerce solution in Adobe Muse community. Now, with two brand new plugins, created by Muse Themes and J-26, integrating a store into a Muse site just got easier!

Adobe Muse and Ecwid

For those who are unfamiliar, Adobe Muse is a drag-and-drop site builder, which provides the basic set of tools to mock up, build and publish an HTML web site. Muse has been, and continues to be, quite popular both among online sellers who build a simple web site for their store and professional web designers, especially those familiar with Adobe products.

With Ecwid’s ability to be installed on any site or CMS in a few simple steps, it’s a natural fit for Muse sites that want to add e-commerce. Ecwid can be added to a Muse site by means of simple HTML snippets, which an Ecwid user can find in their store’s Control Panel. So, with no coding skills required, the installation of Ecwid on Muse is a piece of cake, even for a beginner. On the other hand, for seasoned web designers who create sites on Adobe Muse, Ecwid’s customization options provide a powerful tool to adapt online store widgets to a site’s look and feel.

We’ve been noticing more and more our users starting their online store with Muse. Now, with the brand new plugins for Ecwid on Muse, this became even more easy and straightforward.

Welcome new tools for installing Ecwid on Muse

In the recent months, there have been two third-party developers who independently created plugins that help Muse users install an online store to their sites. Both plugins provide nice drag-and-drop toolset to seamlessly integrate an Ecwid store into a Muse site.

Ecwid Muse Plugin from MuseThemes

This is a Muse Library plugin created by the MuseThemes company, widely known among Muse site creators. Once installed, the plugin creates a new item right in your Muse tools library — using it, you can add your Ecwid store to any of your site pages. The workflow is very straightforward: drag’n’drop an Ecwid storefront block to your page, set your Ecwid store ID in the block settings and it’s done — your site now has a full-featured online store.

Additionally, you can configure basic settings of an Ecwid storefront layout such as the product grid size and the category shown by default when the store page is opened.

The plugin page on the MuseThemes site contains the detailed description and a short video tutorial to help you get started.

You can download the plugin from this page: widgets-musethemes.businesscatalyst.com.

Ecwid Widgets from J-26 Web Design

The J-26 Company provide a rich set of services and products for online sellers including marketing, site themes, SEO, and more. Recently, they added one more great item to their products line: an Ecwid plugin!

The plugin provides a nicely designed toolset that allow you to embed your Ecwid store into your site in a few clicks and start selling. Besides the all-in-one Ecwid product catalog widget, the plugin allows you to use individual store elements as a separate blocks to place on different pages of your site. For example, with this plugin, you can place a search box, cart widget, “Buy now” buttons and even a “Sign in” and “Favorites” link wherever you want on your site.

What also makes this plugin special is an impressive amount of powerful customization options attached to every store widget. In addition to the basic product listing layout settings, you can make a lot of style adjustments without even touching the code:

  • You can change the color of your buttons and texts using a nice color picker
  • You can customize fonts in your store to make it fit the one on your site
  • You can change the look of product images including borders and opacity
  • and many more.

One Ecwid user noticed: “Many site designers, using Muse and beyond, like to build the store into their site design so that they’re in total control of the look, feel, etc”. We should say that the J-26 plugin is the perfect fit for web designers and advanced Muse users who pay higher attention to the look and feel of their store pages.

You can learn more about the widget and download it from this page: ecommerce.j-26.com/store.html#!/Ecwid-Ecommerce-Widget/p/46250372.

How to add an online store to a Muse site

If you’re currently on a Muse site, or thinking about creating a site on Muse, adding e-commerce has never been more simple than now. Of course, before you start, make sure you’ve registered for an Ecwid store — you can set up an account for free: ecwid.com.

Depending on if you consider yourself to a beginner or a little more experienced, you might find that one plugin is more of a fit for you than the other. Check out our recommendations below.

Basic/Intermediate level

(I’ve been using Muse for a while, and I want a shopping cart plugin with more customization options to adjust the look and feel).
We’d recommend the J-26’s plugin for you.

  • Get the J-26’s Ecwid plugin from this page and install it on your Muse by double-clicking the downloaded file on your computer
  • Once installed, the plugin adds a new widgets set into the Library section in Muse
  • Choose the widgets you want to use from the set and drag and drop them to the pages of your site in Muse
  • Customize the widgets using an attached settings to set the colors, fonts, pagination and other options as you want
  • That’s it. Publish your site — your new store will be there.

Beginner level

(I just want to add my store to a Muse site in a few clicks, give me the easiest way).
We’d recommend the MuseThemes’s plugin for you.

  • Download MuseThemes’s plugin for Ecwid from this page and save it to your computer where your have Adobe Muse installed
  • Unpack the downloaded zip file and double-click the included file (“Ecwid ECommerce Widget” mulib extension). It will automatically add the plugin to your Muse application
  • Open your site project in Muse and find the Library panel — it now contains the “Ecwid ECommerce Store” widget
  • Drag and drop this widget from the Library panel to a new page of your site and put your Ecwid Store ID in the appeared settings popup
  • Publish your site and you’re done — your store now resides on a separate page of your Muse site.

Enjoy!

What do you think?

Please tell us about your experience with using Ecwid on Muse — we’re always happy to hear from you. Do you use one of the plugins mentioned? Is there anything you’d add to the plugins? What would you improve?

About The Author
Matt is a product manager at Ecwid. He works with the Ecwid dev team and helps them shipping the right features for Ecwid merchants. Outside of work, Matt likes travelling and climbing the mountains.

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