Note: This blog covers the classic Esri Story Maps. Story authors are encouraged to use the new ArcGIS StoryMaps to create stories. However, Esri will continue to maintain the classic templates for your use. For more information, see the Product road map.
Every map tells a story, and you can deliver an enhanced and richer experience by telling your ArcGIS Online web map story using one of the many story map templates. These templates continue to evolve, with new templates coming online regularly. Here’s how to find those templates for your own story maps.
Map Viewer: Storytelling App Templates
The ArcGIS Online map viewer includes a selection of configurable story map templates that you can use with any web map you author, or that has been publicly shared. These templates can be configured and published as hosted applications directly via your ArcGIS Online account, or can be downloaded for further customization and published from your own servers.
Start with a map you’ve authored, or an existing map, and click share
Then choose Make a Web Application to view the template gallery.
The template gallery includes many useful templates, including several story map template choices. For example, here on the second gallery page there’s several story map templates to choose from:
You can preview, download, or publish your map in the template. When you choose publish, a new item is created which couples your map to the template. The templates are easy to configure – just look for the Configure button in the details page of your new item:
The configuration page enables you to customize your story map template without programming by changing the available options. The options will vary depending on the template you’ve chosen.
Below we see the configuration panel on the right, and the preview of our application on the left. This particular story map template includes a splash screen. The title and splash screen text have automatically been added from our map item title and description, but we can change those in the configuration panel. We can also add an image to further enhance the splash screen.
Here’s an example of a completed application that uses the story map template shown above. It’s a story about champion trees in the Montgomery Botanical Center.
These simple, but effective, story templates can provide a quick and easy way for you to to tell your map’s story.
Storytelling With Maps Website
Search for more on ArcGIS Online
You can find a variety of other templates by searching ArcGIS Online items or groups. Many of the shared story map items includes links to download the application template:
Use these storytelling templates to unlock the hidden story in your maps! For more information visit: