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Share Your Work

Posted by mzurn-esristaff Employee Aug 22, 2017

Use the resources below to learn concepts, best practices, and tips for sharing your content in ArcGIS Online.


GroupsShare mapStory MapsHosted feature layer views


Group basics


Share a map


Start with Story Maps


Share views of your data

See how groups bring together content and people.

Share a map that stands out as authoritative.

Create web apps that combine maps with multimedia and text.

Explore an example of sharing data through hosted feature layer views.


TagsShare and collaborateThumbnailsViral apps


Use tags effectively


Add value to your GIS


Put your best thumbnail forward



Tips for viral apps

Review best practices for tagging your content.

Understand how sharing and collaboration improve the value of your GIS.

See how creating custom thumbnails helps your content stand out.

Follow guidelines for optimizing maps in high-demand web apps.


SnowplowHosted tile layersArcGIS HubDistributed collaboration


Oversee snowplows in real time


Best practices for hosted tile layers


Engage with your community


Introducing distributed collaboration

Create real-time web apps that track your city’s snowplow activities.

Get tips for using hosted tile layers in your web apps.

Discover the benefits of sharing open data and initiatives with your community.

Learn how to establish a trusted sharing environment between your organizations.


Solve Spatial Problems

Posted by mzurn-esristaff Employee Aug 21, 2017

Try the resources below to learn more about spatial data exploration and problem solving with ArcGIS Online.

Explore places

Explore places

Find the best place for launching a travel service.


Reveal spatial patterns

Heat map

Create heat maps to make discoveries about your data.


Find locations

Find locations

Identify campgrounds near invasive weeds.


Enrich your data

Enrich data

Add context to your data by making a demographic map.


Analyze demographics

Analyze demographics

Locate children in poverty using smart mapping and demographic analysis.


Track crime patterns

Track crime

Help allocate resources to combat crime.


Model wildlife habitat

Model habitat

Find potential mountain lion corridors.

Create maps. Share them as web apps. Start with these foundational skills and open up a world of possibilities with ArcGIS Online.


Add data layers

Add data

You add geographic data to maps through layers. Layers include not just the data but also the visualization such as symbols and colors and pop-up configurations. As an ArcGIS Online user, you have access to thousands of ready-to-use layers you can add to your map. You can also add you own as easily as dropping a spreadsheet on the map. ArcGIS Online automatically applies smart mapping, highlighting what's important in your data. 

Try a quick exercise about adding data to a map.


Choose a basemap


A basemap provides the geographical context for your data layers and every map includes one. The basemaps that come with ArcGIS Online vary in theme and focus such as Streets at Night, Oceans, and Imagery with Labels, the all-time most popular basemap. Choose the one that best complements your data.

View a Story Map about your basemap choices.


Configure pop-ups

configure pop-ups

Pop-ups reveal the data in your layers. By default, pop-ups show a plain list of all the attributes and values. As a best practice, you should configure the pop-ups to only show what's important.

Watch a video about the value of decluttered pop-ups.


Apply smart mapping

Apply smart mapping

Smart mapping suggests drawing styles for your layers such as colors and symbol size. The initial settings immediately show significant values within your data in order to help you explore and showcase important patterns. Keep the defaults or choose your own options.

View a Story Map about how to smart map in 3 steps.


Share your map

Item details

You map includes an item details page which helps other people find it, as well as understand its purpose. Before you share your map, you should edit the details to include an interesting summary, an in-depth description, and carefully considered tags, as well as to credit the source of the data. It's also a good idea to have an attractive thumbnail and a descriptive profile.

Read an article about best practices for sharing.


Create a web app

Web app

ArcGIS Online offers a suite of web apps that can help bring your map to life for users. And the majority of your work is done once you've created your map. By picking the app that best meets your purpose and choosing a few options, you can share your map as an interactive, focused web app.

Watch a video about how to choose a web app.


Take a guided lesson

Hawaii lesson

Practice your mapping skills while exploring the island of Hawaii. In this scenario-based lesson, you'll be guided through creating a map and sharing it as a web app. 

Try a mapping lesson.


Go 3D

Posted by mzurn-esristaff Employee Aug 17, 2017

Try the resources below to see how using 3D in ArcGIS Online brings an extra dimension into your web GIS.


Get started with 3D

Get started with 3D

Explore Florida's beaches and inlets in 3D.


Tour Scene Viewer

Watch what's possible with 3D in a browser.


Visualize cities

Visualize cities

Understand the built environment with real-world 3D visualizations.


Create 3D web apps

3D story map

See Story Maps come to life with scenes.


Publish scene layers

Publish scene layers

Share your feature data as scene layers.


Customize 3D objects

3D objects

Develop 3D web apps with mesh data and smart mapping APIs.


Advance Your Mapping

Posted by mzurn-esristaff Employee Aug 15, 2017

Use the resources below to sharpen your mapping skills and explore what's possible with ArcGIS Online. To review the basics, see Get Started with ArcGIS Online.


Improve your maps

Improve your maps

Get tips and tricks for improving your maps.


Show the right date and time

Review four golden rules help you publish accurate web-based date fields. No Time Zone math or time-travelling DeLoreans required.

Date fields


Display features as tiles

Learn the advantages of publishing your feature data as hosted tile layers. Hint: Efficient, automatic, and economical.

Tiles from features


Know more about vector basemaps

Did you know you can use your own data and styles to create custom vector tile basemaps? Even children are excited.


Make data pop with Arcade

Get the details on how Arcade expressions let you map improvement ratios in your area.

Arcade Expressions


Tell stories with color & size

Apply color and size to your data to tell a more captivating story.

Color & size


How to Cascade

Dive in to the hows and whys of using the Story Map Cascade app.

Cascade app


Want more resources? Check out the bonus gallery.

Looking for more ways to advance your mapping in ArcGIS Online? Here's a bonus gallery for you. 


Layer types

Pick the Best Hosted Layer Type

Depict land change

Depict Change with Time-Enabled Apps


Get a Clearer View of the World


Map Viewer

Know More about Map Viewer

Match layer types to common workflows.

Use imagery and time animation to show land-use change.

Use World Imagery Clarity for a clear view of your world.

Get a quick overview of Join Features, Arcade, and smart mapping.


Get started with Story Maps

Get Started with Story Maps


Map Counts & Percentages

Heat map

Reveal spatial patterns


Learn Firefly Cartography

Create web apps that combine maps with multimedia and text.

Watch a deep-dive into mapping demographic patterns.

Create heat maps to make discoveries about your data.

See why maps glow with the Firefly basemap.



Produce Big Dams Story Map



Analyze Demographics


View Imagery Metadata

Esri Vector tile maps

Get creative with Esri vector tiles

Get details on creating the Big Dams journey story.

Locate children in poverty using smart mapping and demographic analysis.

View imagery metadata in the World Imagery basemap.

Learn how to use fonts and sprites to customize vector tile maps. 

Use the resources below to learn concepts, best practices, and tips for administering your ArcGIS Online organization.


Preview admin basics

Watch the basic steps and best practices for setting up your organization.



Take a guided admin lesson

Ready to practice setting up an organization? Design a site, share content, invite members, and even do some credit math. All in under an hour.

Set up an organization


Create a great home page

How your home page looks creates first impressions. Get tips for making it great.

Create a great home page


Get more configuration tips

Esri Support reveals how to streamline administration and make your organization successful.



Customize member capabilities

See how your members can accomplish specific work flows with custom roles.

Custom roles


Apply a shared theme

Browse examples of shared themes that provide consistent branding across the organization's web apps. 

Shared themes


Take advantage of distributed collaboration

Learn how to establish a trusted sharing environment between your ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise organizations. 

Distributed collaboration


Automate your admin tasks

Ready for automation and scripting? Get started with a Python for ArcGIS sample that batch creates groups.

Automate admin tasks