An ArcGIS organization or public account is required to author and publish stories in ArcGIS StoryMaps. An account is not required to view stories that have been created in StoryMaps and shared with everyone.
Author and publish stories
Access to certain authoring and publishing options depends on whether the author has an organization or public ArcGIS Online account.
For users with ArcGIS Online organization accounts, access to the StoryMaps story builder depends on the account's user type. The Creator and GIS Professional user types have the ability to create stories with the new ArcGIS StoryMaps story builder as well as the classic Esri Story Maps templates.
For more information about user types in ArcGIS Online organization accounts, see User types, roles, and privileges.
Public accounts have access to the classic Esri Story Maps templates and a limited version of the new ArcGIS StoryMaps story builder.
The following table compares functionality access for organization and public accounts.
|Functionality||Public account||Organization account|
Access to story builder
Access to standard text blocks
Access to media blocks (image, video, and map)
Access to special blocks (embed)
Create express maps
Use public ArcGIS Online content
Use shared organizational content
Share stories with everyone
Share stories to an organization
Access to all standard themes
Design customization of colors, logo, and fonts
Access to technical support
View published stories
Access to view stories depends on the audience that was selected when the story was published and whether you belong to the story author's ArcGIS Online organization.
Any member of an organization can view stories published to that organization as well as stories that have been shared with everyone. Viewers and other user types with access to the Essential Apps bundle can view stories shared with them whether they have been created using the new ArcGIS StoryMaps or classic Esri Story Maps templates.
An ArcGIS Online account is not required to view stories that have been created in ArcGIS StoryMaps and shared with everyone.