Clone your story Map instead of starting over from scratch!

Blog Post created by gletham_geojobe on Jul 19, 2018

While at ESRIUC this year one topic that came up repeatedly was, “How can I easily replicate or ‘clone’ an existing Story Map, so I don’t have to start over from scratch?” 

This is a great question! No doubt, many of you have spent hours creating an awesome Story Map on a topic of interest. You carefully crafted your story and customized the look and feel of the application with your org’s standard colors and branded elements. So, what about when you fast-forward several months or a year later and you need to create another Story Map that will incorporate many of the same elements of the Map you previously authored? There must be a simple way to accomplish this. There is, and we have the solution.


Why not clone your Story Map, giving yourself a duplicate copy to edit accordingly, building it out in similar design as your previous project? Cloning, perhaps one of the most popular tools in Admin Tools (Pro), is indeed very handy and can be a huge time saver. 




  • The process is relatively simple and fast. Launch Admin Tools (Pro), then select from the “Workflows” menu item (far right).
  • From the Clone menu, select “Clone Items to Organization”.
  • Enter your portal url. You can find this by logging into AGOL and visiting your content home page.  Select your webmap of interest and point to a new destination – your Story Map will be cloned completely from your user content location into a location in your Org account, where it can then be moved and accessed by any user you select.
  • You can then start editing your Story Map accordingly, using your original story map as a template.

A more details version of these steps with images can be found in this blog - good luck! 

Cloning is a Tool provided with Admin Tools Pro – learn more HERE

Have you used Admin Tools for ArcGIS Online Clone Tool in your org? We’d love to hear about your experience. Please tell us about it @geojobegis