Add content to a site

You can add content to a site using its content library. Items added to the content library are automatically added to the content group, which is a View Access group. Items belonging to this group can be used by core team members when designing the site's layout and are visible in search to those with whom the item is shared (such as the public or the organization).

Content can only be edited by the item's owner (the person who originally created the item or uploaded it). To share an item with the core team so that team members can make edits to it, follow the steps provided in Give edit access.

Upload content

You can upload content using a file from your computer or a URL.

Upload with a URL

To upload content using a URL, follow these steps:

  1. Open your site or initiative in edit mode.
  2. Click the second drop-down menu in the edit navigation bar.
  3. Click Content Library.
  4. In the edit navigation bar, click New and click Content.
  5. On the Add Content page, paste a URL for the following types of content: CSV files, shapefiles, GEOJSON, feature services, XLS files, PDF files, PNG files, JPEG files, or document links.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Note:
    Items uploaded with a URL are automatically shared to the content group. If you want to share this item with your core team or another group, see Adjust sharing controls.

Upload files from your computer

To upload content from your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Open your site or initiative in edit mode.
  2. Click the second drop-down menu in the edit navigation bar.
  3. Click Content Library.
  4. In the edit navigation bar, click New and click Content.
  5. On the Add Content page, click Upload.
  6. Click Upload content in ArcGIS Online.
  7. Click Content in the primary navigation bar.
  8. Click Add Item and choose how you want to upload your item.

    Caution:
    Items uploaded from a file must be shared to the content group by following these steps:

    1. Click Content in the primary navigation bar and choose My Content.
    2. Find the item you just uploaded and click its sharing button.
    3. Adjust the Set Sharing Level parameter as needed and click Edit group sharing.
    4. Click to select the site's content group.
    5. Click OK and click Save.

Create new content

You can create the following items in ArcGIS Hub: a story map, a dashboard, a web map, and a web app. New items are automatically added to the site's content group.

  1. Open your site or initiative in edit mode.
  2. Click the second drop-down menu and choose Content Library.
  3. Click New on the edit navigation bar and choose App.
  4. Select the type of app you want to create.

    Tip:
    For additional information on how to configure these apps, see the following resources:

    Once you've finished configuring your app, you or another member of your core team can follow the steps provided in Display apps, data, and web maps to add content to the site's layout.

Add existing items

You can add content that others, including members of your organizations and the public, have created.

Note:

Consider talking with the item's owner before sharing it with a larger audience. Also consider that unless the item is yours or shared with your core team, or you have administrative privileges, you cannot change the sharing settings of an item. This means that private items (items shared just with you, the core team, or the organization) that are shared to your site or initiative will not be visible to people with whom the item is not shared.

  1. Open your site or initiative in edit mode.
  2. Click the second drop-down menu in the edit navigation bar.
  3. Click Content Library.
  4. Click the Add Existing Content button.
  5. Filter the list of existing content and click to select the individual items that you want to add.
  6. Once your selection is complete, click Add. The item is shared with the content group.

Use the Groups Manager to add groups

Groups are a way for organizations to organize and manage content by topic or purpose. By default, every site and initiative includes two groups to help you manage the content you share: the content group and core team group.

Some organizations may find it useful to add additional groups of items that are relevant to a site or initiative, such as open data, department-specific content, or content groups from other sites and initiatives. To add a group to a site or initiative, the group must either be owned by you, enabled with open data, or shared with the organization.

  1. Open a site or initiative in edit mode.
  2. Click the second drop-down menu in the site's edit navigation bar.
  3. Click Groups Manager.
  4. Click Add Groups on the right side of the page.
  5. Click the group or groups you want to add and click Add.

Add metadata

You can modify the metadata in ArcGIS Hub for dataset items and documents. All other content types must be edited in ArcGIS Online. Follow these steps to edit metadata for a dataset or document.

  1. Open a site or initiative in edit mode.
  2. Click the second drop-down menu and click Content Library.
  3. Click on the title of a dataset to open it in edit mode.
  4. Complete the metadata form by adding a thumbnail, tags and categories, and a summary and description.
  5. Click Save.

To edit metadata in ArcGIS Online click the more button more, and click Edit in ArcGIS Online. See Metadata for more information.

Next steps

Once you've added content, you can do the following as part of a site or initiative site: