The Story Map Basic℠ app template is a simple map viewer with a minimalist user interface. Apart from the title bar and an optional legend, the map fills the screen. Use this app to let your map speak for itself. Your users can click features on the map to get more information in pop-ups.
Story Map Basic puts all the emphasis on your map, so it works best when your map has great cartography and tells a clear story. You'll also want to take time to configure good-looking pop-ups, which can include text, images, graphs, and so forth. Browse our gallery to see some of the creative ways storytellers are taking advantage of this app to let their maps do the talking.
Follow our step-by-step instructions. Your story is automatically hosted on ArcGIS Online.
Story Map apps are open source, so you have the option to host an app on your own web server. For example, you may want to give your story a custom URL, or make styling changes beyond what is possible with our authoring tools. If you're a developer, you can get the source code on GitHub to do more advanced customization. See the introduction below for step-by-step instructions, and visit our Developers’ Corner for customization tips and ideas.