Configure story settings

Learn how to customize a story using the collection settings.

Share card

You can configure the details, or social metadata, that will be displayed when the story appears on social media sites and in search engine results. The information on the Share card tab will also be used to represent the story on your My projects page in ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Update the thumbnail image, title, or description, and set the Update ArcGIS item details when publishing check box to choose whether or not to overwrite the story's ArcGIS item details with the share card information each time the story is published.


Display options help you customize your readers' experience.


You can remove the menu that allows readers to share a story on social media by enabling Hide sharing options.


This option only applies to stories that are shared publicly.

You can choose if and how the date is displayed on the story cover by setting an option for Date on cover.

Story language


To make the story language setting available for ArcGIS StoryMaps on ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 or earlier, a portal administrator must enable Show beta features from Organization settings.

Setting a language in the Story settings ensures the story broadcasts the correct language to web browsers. This is recommended and ensures that browser translation tools and assistive technologies, such as screen readers, work as expected. Some languages may also require a number and date format to be set.

Unless customized, the story language is set to your ArcGIS profile language.


Your ArcGIS profile always determines the language used in the story builder. When writing a story in a different language, it's recommended that you change your ArcGIS profile to the language in which you are writing.


Analytics is the collection of metrics related to published stories. As an author, adding analytics tracking to a story will give you insight into your audience and how they engage with your content.

Demographic metrics such as location and language preferences can inform decisions about how you tell your story and what key points to highlight to make sure your story has the greatest impact. In addition, you will have access to other metrics, such as how many people saw your story, how long they stayed on the page, and what kind of devices they used. You can gain these insights by adding a Google Analytics ID to your stories.


Adding analytics to a story is only available to authors with organizational accounts on ArcGIS Online. For more information about account options, see Licensing.


To enable adding analytics on ArcGIS Enterprise, the portal administrator must enable Allow authors to use Google Analytics from Organization settings.


For ArcGIS StoryMaps on ArcGIS Online, adding Google Analytics tracking is only available if your organization is participating in the Esri User Experience Improvement (EUEI) program. For more information about the EUEI program and how to configure it, see Configure general settings. A story author can optionally write a consent message for stories that use Google Analytics to inform readers of the anonymous tracking and require them to opt in to it. Stories that already have Google Analytics configured before July 14, 2021, will continue to track analytics even if the organization is not participating in the EUEI program; however, the story author or an administrator can remove the tracking from a story at any time from Story settings.

Use the following steps to add analytics to a story:

  1. Get a Google Analytics ID. For more information about creating a property in Google Analytics and finding your Google Analytics ID, see Set up the Analytics global site tag in the Google Analytics help.
  2. In the story builder, click the menu button Menu.
  3. Click Story settings to open the Story settings menu.
  4. Click the Analytics tab, check Enable Google Analytics, add the Google Analytics ID in the Tracking ID field, optionally write a consent message in the Consent message field, and click Save.

The Google Analytics ID is added to the story. Google Analytics will record metrics for published stories that you can access on the Google Analytics website.