Create Your Own Story Maps, For Free: A Simple Tutorial

A handy tutorial for starting off with ArcGIS online’s Storymap display

GIS and Science

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about story maps lately, and you’ve probably seen some pretty cool examples of what people are doing with them. But have you created one yourself?

If you have an ArcGIS Online Organizational account, you’ve already set.  But you don’t need one of those to build a story map. In fact, you can create story maps for free.

So why not start experimenting with story maps yourself and see what you come up with?


You can start here by creating a free account:

01 free public account

Click on “Sign Up for a Free Account”, which brings up this screen:

02 free public account

Click on “Create a Public Account”, which steps you through the account creation process.

Once you’ve created the account, click on “Map” in the top navigation.  Select which basemap you would like to use, but don’t worry about it too much at this point—you can always change…

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