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Publish a story

In ArcGIS StoryMaps, stories are authored in a private story builder environment. During the authoring process, the stories are automatically saved in a draft status. These draft stories are only visible to the author and others with administrative privileges in your organization. Publishing is the process that moves stories from draft status to published status and enables sharing these stories to a broader audience. When a story is published, the following things happen:

  • The builder checks for issues related to the sharing settings of ArcGIS content used in the story.
  • The story is made accessible to your selected audience: Everyone or My organization.
  • Summary information about your story is made available to social media platforms for stories shared with everyone.

Use the following steps to publish a story:

  1. Click Publish in the story builder header.
  2. Choose the audience for your story: Everyone or My Organization.

    The publishing process begins, and the story builder checks for any maps, scenes, or layers that are not shared at the required level and would not be visible to the selected audience.

  3. If any maps, scenes, or layers are not shared with the same audience as the story, you are prompted to share the items that are not already shared with the audience you selected.
    • If you have permissions to share these items, click Yes, share these items and the builder automatically updates the sharing for the items.
    • If you choose not to share the maps and layers, or do not have permissions to share them, click continue without changing and these unshared items are replaced with placeholders for members of your audience who do not have permissions to view them.

The story is published and available to the selected audience.