We heart open source software. Our parent company, SparkGeo has been building web maps for half a decade now, mostly with open source technologies. And our first few integrations with Maptiks only supported open source web map platforms like LeafletJS and OpenLayers.
Enrich Your ArcGIS Maps with Maptiks
Maptiks is announcing their web map analytics integration with Esri’s ArcGIS platform. It is now possible to receive analytics surrounding your web mapping application usage. The innovative map analytics solution is available on ArcGIS Marketplace. ArcGIS Marketplace is a destination that enables ArcGIS users to search, discover, and get apps and content from qualified providers.
Tracking your ArcGIS Online web map with Maptiks is simple and easy to setup with just a few clicks.
Maptiks supports ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Server as long as web maps are published as Web Map Applications.
If you work for a GIS or geospatial web map development company, you understand how important engaging and re-engaging users is with your applications. Often times, web map applications are built and forgotten about a few months later without any real understanding of its usefulness.
Just a few years ago it was a struggle just to get a map on the web. But now with the likes of Mapbox, CartoDB, Esri’s JS API and open source GIS mapping tools, it’s easier than ever to build a map to rule them all. Unfortunately, the metrics provided by most analytics services give broad overviews of your progress, but give little insights as to how users are interacting with your map and where they are converting.
Do you remember back in the good old days of early web development? We had neat things like marquees and “under construction” pages with real, moving construction worker gifs. Those things were flashy, maybe even cool? Only truly talented web designers could make these effects happen. Because, surely the more animation and movement a page had, the better it was. I mean that’s obvious, no? As a developer, I was motivated to show off my deep understanding of the blink tag.
The key to building a successful web map is proper data analysis. Knowing how your users are interacting with your web map moment to moment gives you the ability to test hypothesis and make changes quickly. This means, making smaller, easier-to-implement changes in order to avoid massive, expensive restructuring and redesigns.
Recently, one of our users at Telegeography tracked close to 50,000 visitors (map sessions) in less than 3 weeks. We decided to do a bit of research and find out how they received so much traffic in such a short period of time.