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Configure site settings

Every site has its own settings and capabilities. By configuring a site's settings and capabilities, administrators and core team members can customize how a site works.

Every site has its own settings. These settings allow administrators and core team members to customize how a site works. Settings include the following configuration options:

  • Basic options to change a site's title, description, and default URL.
  • Advanced options to configure a custom domain for a site's URL, basemaps for preview pages, and HTTPS enforcement.

To get started, sign in to Portal for ArcGIS and click Sites on the Overview page to view a list of your sites.


You can also edit a site when viewing it in a browser. Be sure you're signed in and look for the edit button to the left of your site.

Provide site name and description

Follow these steps to change a site's title and description.

  1. In edit mode for a site, open the Customize panel.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Enter a title for your site in the Site Title field or change an existing title to something new.

    The Site Title appears in the site's second drop-down menu on the edit navigation bar. It's also the name used to identify your site in the list accessed on the Overview page. The option to show the site name in the header can be configured by following steps provided in Brand a site with header and theme options.

  4. Provide some background information about your site in the About Site field.
  5. Click Save.

Configure URL

A site's URL is the web address people use to access your site. When a new site is created, a default URL is generated for you based on the name provided in the Site Title field. You can, however, change your URL manually by following these steps.

The name you provide appears at the end of your organization's standard site URL, for example, https://webadaptorhost/webadaptorname/apps/sites/#/mysitename. There is a maximum 64-character limit.

  1. In edit mode for a site, open the Customize panel.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. In the Site URL field, type the URL you want to use. The URL Preview shows you what your new URL will look like.
  4. Provide an optional favicon by pasting an image URL in the Custom Favicon field.
  5. Click Save.

Use a custom basemap

You can configure your site to use a custom basemap. A site's basemap is displayed on a site's content preview page. This means that any item shared to your site that has a preview page (datasets and feature layers) includes the basemap you choose so that people can view and explore spatial data.Your organization can also configure maps in Map Viewer.


All custom basemaps must have HTTPS connections enabled on the service.

  1. In edit mode, open the site's Customize panel and click Settings.
  2. Click Configure Map.
  3. Use the drop-down menu to select the basemap you want to use. If you don't see the basemap you want, make sure that the basemap you want to use belongs to your organization’s Basemap Gallery. You may need the help of an administrator if you don't have the correct privileges.

HTTPS support

The Portal for ArcGIS setting of allowing access to the organization through HTTPS only determines the HTTP or HTTPS URL behavior for your site.

Configure capabilities

Capabilities provide flexibility in how your site functions. There are two types of capabilities: Standard and Beta options. Standard options are fully tested and released. Beta options, while still in development, allow you to test upcoming capabilities.

  1. In edit mode for a site, open the Customize panel.
  2. Click Settings on the Customize panel.
  3. Click Capabilities.
  4. View available capabilities. Standard options are provided under Options, and beta capabilities are listed under Beta.
  5. Click the toggle button to enable or disable a capability.
  6. When you're ready, click Save in the edit navigation bar to apply the changes to your site.

Available capabilities

The following capabilities are available to customize a site's performance.

Document iFrames

If you have PDFs or other document links on your site, such as Word documents or external URLs, the Document iFrames capability displays the link's content directly on your site. If disabled, a provided link opens in a new tab or the document downloads in the browser.

API Explorer

Enabling the API Explorer capability provides access for others to explore the Geoservices API, generate queries, and see the responses from the preview page. This can be useful for those who want to understand how data can be programmatically accessed and to enable others in building system integration with your ArcGIS data.

App page

If enabled, the app page capability renders Story Maps and Simple Map Viewers immediately on the preview page. If disabled, selecting these items in search opens them in a new browser window.

Private item views

This Beta option allows signed-in users to view any item they have access to, such as groups shared with a group, the organization, or the public.


This capability is turned on by default for all new sites.

Local projections

Enabling this capability causes shapefiles to be downloaded in their native projection, rather than the default, WGS84.


This Beta option allows users to view dataset comments and write comments on your datasets while signed in.

Global navigation

Global navigation adds a navigation bar to the top of your site. This bar includes sign in, search, notifications, and user profile. If disabled, sign in is not be accessible to users who are viewing your site.


This capability is turned on by default for all new sites.