A client came to me with an existing site created in Adobe Muse by another developer. They had exported the site to HTML so I could post the files to the client's new hosting account. Now the client has a bunch of changes and I'm stuck with the unenviable task of editing the atrocious code Muse puked out.
I have a Creative Cloud account but have never used Muse as I code my own sites but I'm finding it unbelievably tedious to make site-wide changes to this inherited Muse site.
Every single element in the pages appears to have unique IDs. Removing any of them seems to break the site. Each page has its own stylesheet, in addition to a global stylesheet, most of which have styles for a long list of the unique IDs. This makes it frustratingly time-consuming and difficult to made site-wide changes, especially because all of this is then repeated in the 'phone' directory that duplicates everything for mobile devices.
The site is composed of HTML files. There are no includes for headers, footers, etc. so every single page must be updated with new contact info, header graphics, logos, etc.
Does anyone have any tips or recommendations for making this process easier? Can the site be made 'un-Muse-y'? Is there a convenient way to convert the unique sequential IDs to more semantic, global classes? Should I install Muse and import the site, if that's even possible? Or should I recommend the client consider hiring me to redesign the site in a non-fussy format that's easier for me and for them to update?