From Web Map to Web Map Applications

Looking for 10.3 or Pro content?

Documentation and other resources for this ArcGIS capability can be accessed from, a new site focused on ArcGIS for Desktop users. In about three weeks we will begin redirecting to that page. Documentation for 10.2 and earlier releases will continue to be accessible.

Don't wait. Begin exploring now!

From Web Map to Web Map Applications

By sharing your Web Map outside of ArcGIS Online you open up possibilities for including a much larger audience than only consumers who know about GIS. You will be able to hone the user experience of your Web Map to just the essentials, and that will help users focus on what you've worked to communicate.

This map is interactive, you can pan or zoom by dragging a rectangle with your mouse while pressing the Shift-key or Shift- and Ctrl-keys.

There are several ways to share your Web Maps

First, like on this page, they can be embedded into a blog or webpage. When you share a Web Map and choose to embed it, you are supplied with HTML code that you copy and paste into the page or blog entry you want the map to appear. You can customize that code to change the size of the map and other capabilities. Using even the default settings in that embeddable code provides a powerful experience for your readers.

Another good way to share your map, and make the legend and text in your Web Map's description readily available to your map readers is to use one of the HTML templates that are available on ArcGIS Online. You can use these templates in two ways. One is that once you try it out, the URL that you previewed your map with is share-able; that's a good way to have others review your map, or to share a an idea quickly, i.e., it's not a Web Map you'll keep around for a long time. Two is to download the HTML code so you can customize it. You can do simple customizations like adding a "mailto" to allow users of your map to contact you, or make more aggressive changes like modifying the layout or editing the .css file that comes with the download for the HTML templates.

Explore the HTML templates-there are templates that allow you to compare multiple maps or some that help you tell map stories using a variety of narrative styles with your content. To get an idea for what is possible check out the Stories Maps web site, you'll see the variety of ways Web Maps can be used to tell your stories.

Sometimes the Web Map is the application. Web Maps work on smart phones and tablets too. If you have a smart phone or tablet device, download the ArcGIS app. That's one way to use a Web Map. Another is to develop apps yourself using Esri's mapping APIs , which support creating apps and web pages with embedded Web Maps.