Introduction to Creating a Story Map


This page will explain how to create a Story Map in ArcGIS Online


  • You will need to have a username and password set up for you by a Cadasta team member. If you do not have a user please contact
  • You will need to sign to your account - see Introduction to your account for a reminder


  1. From the ArcGIS Online (AGOL) homepage, navigate to the Apps Launcher

  2. Select the Story Maps app

  3. A new internet window will open

  4. Select Create My First Story

  5. Select Map Journal

    Note: Map Journal is one of many types of Story Map template types. You can choose whichever one you would like. In this example, a Map Journal template is used.

  6. The Map Journal Builder splash screen appears

  7. Select Side Panel and then Start

  8. The Map Journal Builder screen appears

    Note: This is where you will build your Story Map. If you had chosen a Map Tour Story Map template, then it would be called Map Tour Builder.

  9. Type in a title for your Story Map and click the forward button ()

  10. The Add Home Section splash screen appears

    Note: This is where you will add content to your story map. You will have the option to add one or more sections. This Main Stage content page is the first thing your audience will see. Subsequent content sections must be navigated to

  11. Under Map map drop-down choose Select a map

  12. In the next drop down, select My Organization

  13. Select the Access to Water map

  14. Click Next

  15. The Side Panel Content splash screen appears

    Note: This is where you can add multimedia content that will show up on the left of your Map

  16. Click Add

  17. Here is the first section you just created

  18. Click Add Section

  19. A new section’s content splash screen appears

  20. Repeat the same process again as done in content section one

  21. Here is result of section two, “Access to Electricity”

  22. Click Save

  23. You can tell your Story Map has been saved by the difference in the top-right corner

24) Here is your saved Story Map

Note: It has not been shared


25) Click Share

  1. The Share splash screen will appear

    Note: It is set to Private

  2. Click Show story content to see the following

    Note: There are No issues found and it is Publically shared

  3. Navigate back to the Story Maps window

  4. You will see your new Story Map in the stories section

  5. Click on your new Story Map’s title to see additional options

    Note: The Story Map title in this example is Project Rose: A Story Map

  6. Navigate back to ArcGIS Online (AGOL)

  7. Click Content and My Content

    Note: You will see your new Story Map in My Content

  8. Click your new Story Map to see the Item Details Page

  9. Click Share

  10. Select your User Group and click OK

    Note: This example uses the Training Demo - Cadasta group

  11. Navigate to your Groups page and you will see your new Story Map in the Contents

  12. Select your new Story Map and it will open a new browser window

  13. Log out of your account in ArcGIS Online (AGOL) and close all browser windows or tabs when complete

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