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With a subscription to ArcGIS Online, organizations can manage all of their geographic content in a secure, cloud-based Esri environment. Members of the organization can use maps to explore data, create and share maps and apps, and publish their data as hosted web layers. Administrators customize the website, invite and add members to the organization, and manage resources.

Get started as a member of your organization

Members are invited to join an organization or added automatically by that organization's administrator. Either way, you will need an ArcGIS account. If you were invited, your invitation will have account details. If you were added automatically, your administrator will give you account details. Once you have your account, open a web browser to www.arcgis.com, sign in, and update your profile. You can also sign in directly to your organization if you know the URL. For the best performance, especially with maps, use a supported browser.

All members see a customized view of the site and can use the maps shared to the organization. Depending on your privileges, you can also create maps and apps, add items to the site, join and create groups, and publish hosted features and tiles. What you can do depends on your role.

Begin with the basics

Start with these topics to learn the basics of maps, scenes, apps, analysis, sharing, and groups:

Get started as an administrator

Some members of the organization have additional responsibilities to manage the organization as administrators or in custom administrative roles configured by the administrator. The person who requested a subscription is the initial administrator and should have received an email with an activation link. The subscription must be activated by the person who will act as the administrator of the organization. If necessary, have the email forwarded to the appropriate person.

Once the administrator has activated the subscription, the first set of tasks is to configure the website and invite or add members to the organization. Once you've finished with the initial setup of the organization, you are ready to manage resources. For example, you might want to change ownership of an item, add content to a group, modify a member's profile, or view statistics about your organization’s usage.

Begin with a guide

Follow these guides to learn more about launching, promoting, and administering your organization.

Get started with a public account

Public accounts are also available for individuals. A public account allows you to create, store, and manage maps, apps, and data and share them with others. You also get access to content shared by Esri and GIS users around the world. Get started by creating a public account. If you already have an Esri Account, it is automatically a public account. Open a web browser to www.arcgis.com, sign in with your account, and get started using ArcGIS Online.