After years of creating stories with the classic Esri Story Maps, the time has come to use ArcGIS StoryMaps for creating all new stories.
The classic templates are no longer in active development. They will not gain new features and only critical updates will be made. In contrast, new capabilities will be regularly added to ArcGIS StoryMaps.
Stories you have created with the classic templates will continue to exist, and you can continue to edit them in ArcGIS Online and on ArcGIS Enterprise 10 and below. You can even make new ones, but we don’t recommend doing this unless it’s for short-term projects. Please be aware that as technologies (such as web browsers) advance, the performance and behavior of classic stories may be affected.
Milestones built for a smooth transition
2011: Esri’s storytelling journey begins
It started with a question: In the digital age, how could maps and multimedia content be woven together to create rich, interactive experiences?
Then, it grew into a mission: to enable anyone to create visual stories, powered by place, regardless of their technical expertise. The lessons learned—and the feedback received—over the eight years that followed built a critical foundation for the creation of ArcGIS StoryMaps.
2019: ArcGIS StoryMaps arrives
ArcGIS StoryMaps made its debut at the Esri User Conference in July. Jennifer Bell, the product manager for ArcGIS StoryMaps, transported attendees to Nepal and Tibet as she rebuilt the Mapping Mount Everest story by Alex Tait, a geographer for the National Geographic Society, live.
Immediately after, customers around the world began creating immersive stories and collections with the new product. Their feedback helped transform ArcGIS StoryMaps into a powerful storytelling app for GIS professionals to share their work with the world.
2021: ArcGIS StoryMaps grows
Thanks to continual product development, the most familiar classic storytelling patterns are made available in ArcGIS StoryMaps, and organizations of all sizes successfully transition to it. With thousands of stories published daily, storytellers worldwide embrace ArcGIS StoryMaps.
It is also the end of an era, as the classic Esri Story Maps templates are removed from the ArcGIS Online Configurable Apps Gallery. Esri Story Maps enters extended support, meaning stories can be created but only critical maintenance updates are made to the product.
2023: Mature support begins
ArcGIS StoryMaps will continue to receive continual improvement in line with customers' needs to ensure storytelling thrives in line with the changing digital experience expectations of content creators and readers.
In October, Esri Story Maps will move into the mature support phase. Products in mature support should not be in active use. Any published stories will continue to be available, but no further updates will be made to the software.
|One, unified builder
|Advanced mapping capabilities (map actions, express maps, etc.)
|Advanced content block options (embeds, timeline, gallery, etc.)
|Advanced theme editor
|Allows unpublished changes
|Integrated with Google Analytics
|WCAG 2.0 and FedRAMP certified
|Easily integrate ArcGIS content (web maps, scenes, etc.)
|Available in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1 and newer
|Available in ArcGIS Enterprise 10 and below*