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Get started with apps

Step 1
1Pick type of app
Step 2
2Build maps, scenes, or groups
Step 3
3Assemble content
Step 4
4Choose app
Step 5
5Refine
Step 6
6Publish

1. Pick the type of app

  • What is the story you're trying to tell?
  • Who is your audience?
  • How knowledgeable is your audience about your topic?
  • Decide on the essential components of your story: a map or scene, a collection of content within a group, videos, photos, and so on.
  • Which app best suits the story you are trying to tell: a map-based app, a scene-based app, or a group-based app?

2. Build maps, scenes, or groups

3. Assemble your content

Make sure the supporting material you need—photos, video, audio files, and text—are organized. Text should be as brief as possible. Most people don't like to read more than a few sentences.

4. Choose an app

  • For a map-based app, you can choose a configurable app (including apps on the Story Maps website), or use Web AppBuilder or Operations Dashboard. To use Web AppBuilder, start from Map Viewer, the content page, or the map's item page. To use Operations Dashboard, start from Map Viewer, the content page, or the map's item page. The content page is a good option if you want to pick the app first and add a map to it.
  • For a group-based app, you can start from the group page or the content page. The content page is a good option if you want to pick the app first and add a group to it.
  • For a scene-based app, you can start from the content page or the scene's item page. The content page is a good option if you want to pick the app first and add a scene to it.

5. Refine

Creating an effective app is an iterative process. In most cases, you'll want to repeat one or more of these steps, returning to your app and its map or group to add, delete, or change features, edit your text, choose new photos, and so on.

6. Publish

You have several options for publishing. You can have your app hosted on ArcGIS Online, it can reside on your own organization's servers, or you can use third-party resources like Amazon.

Now that you have created your app, you can share it .

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Try these quick resources to learn more about making apps: