Feature Service vs. Map Service

Discussion created by boyle.matt on Oct 13, 2017
Latest reply on Jan 26, 2020 by anshu@shrivastava

When publishing a map service, is there any advantage/reason to enable feature access unless you are going to edit features?


For example, if I want to add a REST endpoint to ArcGIS Online and save the layer as a read-only feature layer, is there any advantage to using a numbered feature service layer versus a numbered map service layer?  Obviously, if I wanted editing capabilities, I'd have to add the feature service layer, but if I simply want our users to have the ability to search for a layer and add it to a web map in ArcGIS Online, is using a numbered map service layer sufficient, or does a numbered feature service layer offer any benefits?