Over the next few months, web browsers will begin to flag content coming from HTTP sources as insecure more prominently. On ArcGIS Online, I have over 20 web apps that feature basemaps constructed from vector tiles hosted by Stamen MapStack that begin with HTTP and not HTTPS. Here’s an example:
I’ve contacted Stamen directly and switching their MapStack URLs over to HTTPS isn’t in their plans for now, but they did log it as an issue on GitHub:
I would like to keep using my basemaps that feature MapStack URLs because of the look and feel they bring to my apps. However, if I am forced to substitute these basemaps with ones constructed on AGOL, I think Esri could host some similar layers (if not the exact same layers?) that would help me achieve the same look and feel – i.e. solid one-color polygons covering the whole world, different textures, different monochrome patterns, etc.
I am aware of some of the custom basemaps that have been prepared by Esri – i.e. Merry Christmas, Colored Pencil, Newspaper, etc. – and I also use the Esri UK MapStyler application on occasion. However, I think AGOL is lacking some simple layers that could add a lot of variety when constructing basemaps. I guess another option would be to build some sort of basemap customizer wizard application like MapStack.
I would like some advice from Esri and/or a continuation of this discussion with the right Esri staff members who could make some of these things a reality?