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Manage site capabilities

There are a number of capabilities that you can enable or disable to have greater control over your site's functionality. Each site has a capabilities page which provides information on available options. These options can be enabled or disabled at anytime.

Standard options

The following options are capabilities that can be enabled for every site.

Geohash Visualization

If you are sharing large datasets on your site, it's highly recommended that you enable the geohash capability for easier visualization of your data on the preview page. For datasets that are too large to be displayed at once, geohash visualization creates a grid of your dataset's features. As you zoom to a specific location, the grid adjusts to display specific geometry for the feature.

API Explorer

Enabling the API Explorer capability provides access for others to explore the Geoservices API, generate queries, and see the responses from the preview page. This can be useful for those who want to understand how data can be programmatically accessed and to enable others in building system integration with your ArcGIS data.

Document iFrames

If you have PDFs or other document links on your site, like Word documents or external URLs, the Document iFrames capability displays the link's content directly on your site. If disabled, a provided link will open in a new tab or it'll download in the browser.

App page

If enabled, the app page capability renders Story Maps and Simple Map Viewers immediately on the preview page. If disabled, selecting these items in search will open them in a new browser window.

Beta options

Test out features that are currently being developed.

Local Projections

Enabling this capability will cause shapefiles to be downloaded in their native projection, rather than the default of WGS84.


Allow users to view dataset comments, and allow signed in users to write comments on your datasets. This capability is only available for organizations who have licensed ArcGIS Hub Premium.

Private Item Views

Allow signed-in users to view any ArcGIS item they have access to, whether that item is public or private.

New Search Route and API

This capability supports semantic search, enabling anyone to find data related to a keyword. It also allows people to access more content types including apps, initiatives, events, and pages. Private data is also visible to those with appropriate access on a redesigned search page. For more information, read this blog post: A new search is coming for Hub!.

Enable or disable capabilities

Access your site's Capabilities tab to view the Manage Site Capabilities page.

  1. Browse to the administrative application.
  2. Click the Sites tab to open the Site Manager.
  3. Find the site you want to manage.
  4. Click Capabilities.
  5. On the Manage Site Capabilites page, review available options for your site.
  6. Click Disabled or Enabled to turn on a capability for your site.
  7. Click Preview Site at the top of the page to see changes applied to your site.
  8. When you're ready to save your changes, click Save at the bottom of the page.