Your site content is bound to change over time. If your visitors have bookmarked pages, or are referencing old links on other sites, or in printed material, you could be losing valuable customers.
The Custom Page Redirect widget for Adobe Muse lets you automatically steer visitors to the correct location. The widget can be used in passive mode, where you just set the url and delay time, or with a preset message and countdown timer displayed on the page. The message text can be set to any typeface and link style.
Browse to the location where you downloaded the widget file. Extract the contents of the file. Double-click the .mulib file to import it into the Library. This will launch Muse if it's not already open.
Alternatively, once you’ve unarchived the file, you can import the widget into the library by clicking the Import Muse Library icon at the base of the Library Panel.
Once it's imported the new widget will appear in the Library panel as a folder containing one or more items..
If we're using the page redirect widget to catch visitors looking for an old page name, we'll first need to create a new page in Muse with that name. Once we've done this, open the page and drag the widget onto the canvas.
By default, the widget will display a preset message. We'll be using this in the example but it can be turned off in the Options Panel if we want to use our own message.
The first setting in the widget's option panel is the address to forward the visitor to. This can be a page on the current site or a completely different one.
Although we could enter just the page name here, as it's a page on the current site, it's best to use the full URL, as it is displayed in the text and may be confusing to site visitors.
Next we'll set the delay time. This is in seconds and can be in the range of 0, for an immediate redirect, to 90, depending on how much time we want to give the visitor to acknowledge the message.
Note: although setting an immediate redirect negates the need for a fancy page design, it's worth creating one anyway, just in case the redirect fails!
Once the widget's options are set up, we can style the message to fit in with the site content. Make sure the widget is the selected item; the widget's name will be shown on the left of the Control Toolbar.
Alter the width of the widget frame as required. Set the typeface and size to suit (we can also use existing paragraph styles). We can also use a preset text link style to URL link.
Click here to see a live demo of the redirect widget (redirects to this page).
We can also use the redirect widget to return visitors to a page of our choosing after hitting a custom 404 not found page.
Set up the widget as we did before, with or without the message. It's usually a good idea to send the visitor back to the home page (index.html) but it could be any page on or off site, a sitemap, for example.
WARNING: make sure you enter the correct URL, otherwise you'll end up in a loop where the 404 redirects to a 404, ad infinitum, which could break the Internet* or at least result in an angry email from your site host.
*This almost never happens.