ArcGIS Hub: What's New in the New Year

ArcGIS Hub started off the new year by releasing several feature enhancements which simplify workflows and create a more holistic ArcGIS Hub experienceWe began with a redesign of the Site Editor to make it easier for those with edit privileges to create and build sites and pages. We followed up with an easier way to start editing your site with a new edit icon, and we also released enhancements to the text card, making it easier for your team to quickly edit your sites and pages.  As we start off March, we’ll continue to release feature enhancements that improve overall navigation within ArcGIS Hub, provide you with more options to customize and brand your site’s header, and make it easier for you and others to find and explore your content.

Will my site be updated?

Yes. No matter what you call your site, be it an open data site, a data portal, or a hub site, your site was created using ArcGIS Hub (formerly ArcGIS Open Data) which means that it will be updated.

Here’s what’s included:

    1. New global navigation bar and enhanced search functionality
    2. More space and options to brand your site header
    3. New edit mode icon

1. A new global navigation system

In March, we’ll be replacing our existing navigation bar, which contains search, my data, and sign in, with a new global navigation system. You’ll notice this element move to the top of your site where it will exist as a universal wayfinding point for others who are exploring your content.

The first bar which appears at the top of your page includes four options. The first options opens the navigation side panel which additional options for getting elsewhere in the application. The second option opens your search bar. The third option is a notification icon which shows you what notifications you have and takes you to an action page. The last option is a dropdown menu which takes you to your user profile.
New header options give you more space to brand your header, feature social media links, and provide links for additional pages.

With the new global navigation button, Initiatives, Events, Apps & Maps, Data, and Documents, are just two clicks away. Everyone, including admins, visitors, and collaborators, can click this button (the first option in the new navigation bar) to open the side navigation panel to begin exploring their ArcGIS Hub content.

The navigation side panel
Quickly explore additional content from the navigation side panel.

Search faster, find more

As part of your ArcGIS Hub’s new universal navigation bar, your new search bar provides you and visitors to your site with a more robust search experience. Enhancements to our search capability, which will move out of beta on March 5th, make it easier to find content, including more content types, like sites, pages, and initiatives types. With a redesigned autosuggest that shows your recent history and suggested topics, you can find what you’re looking for faster. The search results page itself has also been redesigned with a cleaner layout for facets and search results, highlighting important topics relevant to your ArcGIS Hub.

2. Brand your site with your new header

We’ll begin releasing enhancements in March to the headers on published hub sites by moving sign in, search, and My Data from your existing header to get out of your way and give you more space to brand yourself with the following new options:

    • If you are using our standard header option today, we will automatically convert you to our new standard header layout with your logo and/or name, where you can then add links or social media if you choose. You can also change the colors for the header background and header text.
    • If you are using a custom header, we will automatically keep this header, but it will now be 1 of 3 options (Standard, Prominent, and Custom HTML/CSS). You can view the other two options by toggling them and this will not delete the code saved with your custom header.

3. Editing made easier

Need to make edits? We recently added a new edit icon to the far left of your site for those who have edit privileges, eliminating the need for you to navigate within the app to begin editing a site. Just pull up your site, ensure that you’re signed in, and click the edit pencil to launch directly into edit mode.

The edit icon to the far left of the screen launches you into edit mode if you're signed in.

If you have privileges to create or edit your organization’s sites, you may have already noticed your Site Editor’s new Customize side panel and edit mode navigation. We’ve added these enhancements to make it easier for you to not only access content related to your site, but to also help you get around your ArcGIS Hub. 

Check it out

As feature enhancements get released, you can check them out by signing in to ArcGIS Hub and viewing your existing sites and initiative sites. Want to test things out? With ArcGIS Hub, you can create as many sites as you want, so feel free to save a site internally just to check things out. We’ll continue to keep you updated on feature release dates as they get closer with updates on TwitterGeoNet, and the ArcGIS Blog


New to ArcGIS Hub?

From apps and surveys to web maps and dashboards, ArcGIS Hub supports organizations in organizing and sharing web GIS content related to initiatives, projects, activities, and goals. This content can be shared on sites and pages that are accessible internally or publicly, providing you with the space to connect your team and community with the information they need to stay in the know. With ArcGIS Hub premium features, share surveys and events to invite others to join the conversation as members within your ArcGIS Hub community, and work with teams of collaborators to create and maintain your ArcGIS Hub sites and content.

Organizations who have a subscription to ArcGIS Online already have access to ArcGIS Hub basic. Get started with these steps:

    1. Enable open data for your organization.
    2. Organize the data and apps you want to share on your site in a group in your ArcGIS Online organization. Make sure to check the box Allow this group to be accessed in Open Data sites in order for your group to be shared on a site. For more information on creating and managing groups, read the Create groups ArcGIS Online documentation.
    3. Access ArcGIS Hub by selecting the app switcher next to your user profile. You can also sign in to ArcGIS Hub at 
    4. Start by creating your a site. More information on adding data, designing your site’s layout, and sharing, can be found in our documentation.

For more information, check out our FAQs and take the Hub Readiness Assessment to learn more about how ArcGIS Hub can support your goals. Follow us on Twitter for updates, and reach out to us on GeoNet with any questions.

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About the author

As a product marketer for ArcGIS Urban, Katie enjoys sharing product announcements and best practices with the Esri community.

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