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Newbie: Questions about using ArcGIS API for Javascript and creating custom web app

Question asked by dosstx on Aug 26, 2014
Latest reply on Aug 27, 2014 by khutchins-esristaff

Hey guys,

I'm new to ArcGIS,com and ArcGIS online web maps. I can easily make a web map using the Portal for ArcGIS, but I want more design control and have done quite a bit of reading....but still confused. Some quick questions:


1.) The web map that is created on the Portal for ArcGIS contains a legend that gets in the way with my custom template design. Can I somehow "turn off" that legend and build my own? Would downloading the application boilerplate (Esri/application-boilerplate-js · GitHub) allow me to do what I want?


2.) I'd like to add a custom header to my templates (e.g. add agency logo to header). Would the boilerplate allow me to do this?


I am knowledgeable in HTML, CSS, and Javascript. I am working in a corporate environment with no access to the public internet.


Is the boilerplate even needed? Is there a better way to create custom web maps?


Thanks for any clarification.