What is Experience Builder?
Experience Builder is another configurable application option offered by ESRI. Experience builder allows a flexible design space to add web maps (2D and 3D), widgets, menu options, page layouts, etc. Experience Builder can be used as a type of “Hub” platform where apps can be launched from a single page or pages and can be organized into different groups, subject matter, or themes, to name a few.
Experience Builder does not replace (or at least for the foreseeable future) Web AppBuilder.
Features of Experience Builder
- Create 2D and 3D maps
- Provide other objects (other apps, information, content) into a web page
- Can choose to have a map or not in a page
- Can add widgets
- Basic – for app functionality
- Layout – for page design
- Device agnostic – may have to create a separate template for mobile devices
- Can create and save “templates”
- Apply flexible branding
Web App Builder, Experience Builder, Hub (Sites) Comparison
The following table shows some of the differences between Web AppBuilder, Experience Builder and Hub (Sites). Each has its purpose that can be used to promote and organize various spatial app and map content.
|Web AppBuilder||Experience Builder||Hub (Sites)|
|Based on a Web Map, supports 2D and 3D||Support 2D and 3D Web Maps||Informational and Theme driven|
|Configure Widgets||Configure Widget Style||Can add other apps, maps, content|
|No Configuration of Widget Style||Add other content (pages, apps ,etc)||Can create multiple pages|
|Cannot add other content (pages, apps, etc)||Braded Styling||“Blog” for different content|
|App Widgets||Widgets||Basic and Premium ($$)|
|-Basic – app functions|
|-Layout – page design|
The following two apps show how each can be used in a common “marketing or outreach” program, in this case the Covid outbreak for Canada.
Canadian Covid Resources Hub
This “hub” is the primary public outreach app for various resources related to the Covid outbreak in Canada.
Covid-19 Canadian Ops Dashboard
This dashboard functions in a similar way as the John’s Hopkins dashboard.
This app shows how Experience Builder can be used to provide a platform for the public to share their stories of quarantining during the Covid pandemic.
These are some other screenshots of internal Experience Builder Apps produced by the City of Sacramento, where I work full-time.
The first image shows Experience Builder serving as a landing page for the various work groups within the Public Works Maintenance Division. Behind each link or image contains may other apps and dashboards the GIS team has created. Additional enhancement can include Power BI reports and visualizations, links to other internal and external apps, pages, or content.
This image shows Experience Builder serving as a landing page for the various work groups within the Public Works Transportation Division. Behind each link or image contains may other apps and dashboards the GIS team has created. Additional enhancement can include Power BI reports and visualizations, links to other internal and external apps, pages, or content.