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What is the difference between Publishing services (specifically maps), and the share map features?

Question asked by cmbarragan1 on Oct 5, 2014
Latest reply on Oct 6, 2014 by jskinner-esristaff

I'm confused about the differences between Publishing services (specifically maps), and the Share map feature.  The varying terminology used in the user guides are very confusing. Can someone explain the two in simpler terms? 


I want to share (or publish ?) my AGOL map on my own organizations' website. I want it to look like (have the features) of one of the templates.

- Basically depending on the "share" steps I take it will be hosted either on AGOL or on my website, or both?!?  

- To share a (public) map I can either: (share) the AGOL link; embed (publish) the HTML code; create a web application & then embed (publish) the HTML code, do I have these right?

- Whats the best workflow to reduce the changing of URL parameters, in order to achieve my goal of publishing my (template based) map on my orgs. website?  (I'm not the best at coding)


Thank you for any help/guidance anyone can provide!