I am new to GIS web development.

I do not have any programming background and I want all the maps that I design in GIS (shapefiles, using ArcGIS Desktop 9.3) to be published on the web.

Please tell me the direct or easy way to do this?

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    Using ArcGIS Server (at cost but the easy way) by publishing your mxd +data to the ArcGIS server.
    – Mapperz
    Dec 28, 2012 at 19:54
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    PSU's Cloud and Server GIS course should give you a good introduction.
    – blah238
    Dec 28, 2012 at 21:12

4 Answers 4


Just go to www.mangomap.com. You'll have your shapefiles turned into web maps in minutes with all the functionality you could want - search/print/identify/pushpins/queries/templates etc all without writing a single line of code..

Also you can add labels to you map and customise the symbols of point layers.

Best of all it's currently free!

Disclaimer: I am the founder of MangoMap.

  • yesss... thanks alot for this answer... I wanted the same though my senior rejected this idea sayin that we need a database so that there's no choking and shapefiles in this way may b choked since we have to handle larger data sets. But my question has been answered. thanks... :)
    – Ade'l
    Dec 29, 2012 at 12:04
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    MangoMap only uses shapefiles to accept the data, under the hood it's using PostgreSQL/PostGIS. I've seen the global tree height data loaded into it so it's capable of handling absolutely massive datasets. Dec 29, 2012 at 17:25
  • ahan, thanx a lot for this info. I hope I get my stuff done using this... :)
    – Ade'l
    Jan 1, 2013 at 12:02

Given the constraints of:

  1. the ArcGIS family of products,
  2. No programming required,
  3. Simple and Direct,
  4. Little or No Cost

-- I think best bet is ArcGIS Online for sharing maps and data on web.

With a free personal account, you get 2G of storage or you can have a paid account that will allow you to create groups and group members and other benefits. With a paid account watch out for geocoding large datasets and creating tiled data sets.


  • Thank everyone. Dear Awesomo I just tried what you mentioned. yes it works but it is very limited. Means, editing tools plus giving different colors and symbology etc. Is it possible to edit and create stuff in this as I do in arcgis...?
    – Ade'l
    Dec 29, 2012 at 7:40
  • each point feature can be identified but can i label all of them in this or change their symbol, more symbol options...?
    – Ade'l
    Dec 29, 2012 at 7:51
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    ArcGIS Online doesn't support labels currently. Also, I think you will need ArcMap 10.1 in order to directly publish shapefiles with ArcMap's symbology. Otherwise, symbology is limited.
    – Baltok
    Jan 15, 2013 at 22:41

There are also Tilemill app which able to read

ESRI Shapefile, KML, GeoJSON, GeoTIFF, PostGIS, CSV

And publish result to Mapbox cloud service

GisCloud also allows to upload and publish geo data quite easily


http://cartodb.com/ just upload the spatial data and work around to customize. if you know sql its added advantage but still you can work without it also ..

Create dynamic maps, analyze and build location-aware and geospatial applications with your data using the power using the power of PostGIS in the cloud.

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