Adding custom tile layers as base maps in ArcGIS Online

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In certain instances, the user may want to display a custom map as the base map for a web map instead of the generic ones available on the web mapping application. This post will demonstrate how to add a custom map or Tile layer as a base map in ArcGIS Online.

Things to note.

– Tile layers or maps are raster layers or maps configured or rendered in such a manner that enables them to be viewed on the web.

– Tile layers are always hosted on a server capable of rendering data as maps and images.

Task

To Add a Tile Layer to an ArcGIS Online using it as the base map for a map.

Procedure

Sign into ArcGIS Online account. Go to MAP to open a new map.

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Go to Add > Add Layer from Web. * Tile layers must be hosted on a map server

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In the pop up window, go to the drop down list and select A Tile Layer.

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Input the URL of the hosted Tile layer and check the option Use as Basemap. Give the layer a title, credits and also SET TILE COVERAGE. Then Click ADD LAYER

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The layer, Dam Map, is added as the base map and the layer comes in as several tiles beside each other (Red box, yellow box).

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Use the Zoom in/Zoom out buttons (+ and – in red box) to adjust until the zoom creates just one layer.

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Go to the Save icon > Save As to save the map.

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Save Map. Fill in the details in the window.

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The map is now saved using a custom tile layer as the base map.

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