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Publish a basemap as a tiled map service

In the previous lesson, you created a detailed map of a community garden. In this lesson, you will publish that map as a type of image called a tiled map service.

Publish the tiled map service

A tiled map service is one of the two main ways to publish geographic data to ArcGIS Online. The second is to publish feature services, which you will do in the final lesson of the project.

  1. If necessary, open Garden Map.aprx.
  2. At the top of the ribbon, look for your Sign-in Status. If it says Not signed in, click Sign in.

    Sign-in status expanded to show Sign in option

  3. On the ribbon, click the Share tab. In the Share As group, click Web Map.

    The Share as Web Map pane appears.

  4. Enter the following parameters:
    • For Name, type GardenBasemap_yourName.
    • For Summary, type This is a large-scale basemap of the Tequesquite Community Garden at Brian Bonaminio Park in Riverside, California.
    • For Tags, type Riverside, Tequesquite Community Garden.

    The name of your service must be unique in the organization. If you use a name that someone else in your organization has already used, you will get an error message later.

  5. For Select a Configuration, choose Visualization.

    The Visualization option will create a tile layer. Tile layers are collections of spatially adjacent images, or tiles, and are usually used as basemaps, which is what you want.

  6. For Share with, choose Everyone.

    The Share As Web Map pane with all fields filled

  7. Click the Configuration tab.
  8. Select GardenBasemap_yourName_WTL1.

    This is the web tile layer that you will publish. A web map might contain different web tile layers, each cached with different scales, but you only need one.

    GardenBasemap_yourName_WTL1 selected in the Configuration tab

  9. Click Properties.

    The pane changes and appears to show the same content as before, but this time it is displaying the properties specific to the web tile layer.

  10. Click the Configuration tab.

    The Tiling Scheme parameter is set to the same level as your basemap. This is why you could not remove World Topographic Map from your map. If you had, you would receive a warning here asking you to put it back in. It is not visible, but it is being used by providing a tiling scheme.

    The Levels of Detail parameter currently stretches between World and City Block. Tiles need to be created for every level of detail, and the default levels aren't suitable for your garden map. The community garden is too small to be seen at the scale of the whole world, while your map readers will most likely want to zoom in closer than a city block.

  11. Adjust the Levels of Detail slider until it ranges from Buildings (Level 18) to House Property (Level 23).

    The pictures help you understand what each level means in the real world. Note that Level 18 corresponds with a scale of 1:2,257.

    Levels of Detail ranging from 18 to 23

    You will visualize what this scale looks like on your map.

  12. Find the scale control at the bottom of the map view. Type 2257 and press Enter.

    The scale control at the bottom of the map view set to 2257

    The map zooms to the new scale. This is what the garden map will look like at Level 18. If your map readers zoom out beyond that, the map will be empty since no tiles were cached beyond this scale.

    The garden map viewed at 1:2,257

  13. In the Share As Web Map pane, accept the remaining defaults and click Analyze.

    The Configuration tab of the web layer showing all properties


    If you encounter an error, right-click the error message to get help resolving it.

  14. Click the Back button.

    The back arrow at the top of the Share As Web Map pane

  15. Click Analyze again. Click Share.

    When the publishing process is complete, you will see a green message at the bottom of the Share As Web Map pane.

    Finish Sharing message

    But the caching process may take a bit longer to finish.

  16. Click the Jobs button to go to the Job Status pane.

    Job Queue showing cache generation in progress for GardenBasemap_yourName_WTL1

    Here you can see that the web map has finished, but the web tile layer inside of it is not yet complete. The process will take several minutes. Wait until both items have a green check mark next to them.

  17. Save your map.

    You have just published your garden map as tiles. Next, you will go to your organization to have a look at the new tiled service.

Set the map service as a basemap

To start your garden web map, you will first add the tile layer as a basemap.

  1. If necessary, sign in to your ArcGIS organizational account.
  2. At the top of your organization home page, click Map.

    Map button

    A new map opens with the topographic basemap. But you want to use the garden map as your basemap.

  3. Click Add and choose Search for Layers. Confirm that the list of layers shown is for My Content.
  4. In the results list, click the name of the service GardenBasemap_yourName_WTL1.

    The Item Details pane appears.

  5. Click Use as Basemap.

    GardenBasemap_yourName_WTL1 item details with Use as Basemap option

    It may appear as though nothing has changed.

  6. Close the Item Details pane and click the back arrow to return to the Contents pane.

    The map is drawn on the screen.

  7. Click Content and expand the GardenBasemap yourName WTL1 basemap layer.

    Content tab with expanded GardenBasemap layer

  8. Click the ellipses under the expanded layer and click Zoom to.

    Zoom to option on the menu for the tile layer

    The layer is listed as a basemap. It cannot be turned on or off because it is acting as the basemap. It does not show the options for displaying a table, changing symbology, or configuring pop-ups, because it is a tile layer. Those capabilities exist for operational layers.

  9. Click Save and choose Save As. Enter the following parameters:

    • For Title, type Tequesquite Community Garden.
    • For Tags, type Riverside, Tequesquite Community Garden.
    • For Summary, type Map of the Tequesquite Community Garden in Riverside, California.

  10. Click Save Map.

Your basemap is complete. In the next lesson, you will use ArcGIS Pro to publish a separate layer of garden plots (an operational layer) that will bring this pretty picture to life.