I'm new to this forum. I am using an AGO (subscription) based account. Pictures in the story map are hosted through ArcGIS Online (Feature service). Prior to the July 2014 update, you could save the web map with a desired basemap. Next, you could click the Share button in the web map-> MAKE A WEB APPLICATION->choose a template (i.e. Map tour)-> Save & Publish-> VIEW ITEM-> CONFIGURE APP.
The View Item and Configure App steps are not seen after you Save & Publish. Instead, you need pick an option on how to add the picture (ArcGIS, flickr, facebook, CSV, and so forth). However, eventually you must CONFIGURE APP in order to see the story map. When is the best point in the process to CONFIGURE APP? Before adding a single picture or when the map is completely finished? Thanks-