Create a Story with a Flexible Layout (Beta)

Create your Story


From here, there are two options: Classic Mode and Flexible Layout

Once you’ve chosen a layout mode for your Story, you cannot select a new one. If you decide at any point that you’d like to switch to either Classic or Flexible, you will need to create a new Story.

Note: If you create a new story with flexible layouts and remove all the blocks, it will automatically become a Story with Classic Mode.

Classic Mode: What you know Stories as today, it contains specific content block configurations, templates, and offers a section toolbar to move and rearrange blocks within your Story.

Flexible Layout: Drag and droppable blocks that can be resized or rearranged within your Story, you are not limited to moving things via the section menu.

Currently Supported

Beta users are able to do the following:

  • Add a media block to their Story

  • Add a text block to their Story

  • Add a Global Filar Bar block to their Story

  • Drag and drop all blocks into their Story

  • Drag and drop all blocks within a single section of a Story

  • Resize media blocks within their Story

  • Resizing text blocks within their Story

Currently Not Supported

Beta users will not be able to do the following with the initial release (but you can expect this functionality to improve and be added to):

  • Resizing non-Socrata Visualizations within media blocks in their Story, including:

    • Resizing Images

    • Resizing HTML Embeds

    • Resizing YouTube embeds

    • Resizing Story Tile Embeds

  • Edit an existing Story using Flexible Layout

  • Add an author block to their Story

  • Add a spacer or divider to their Story

  • Add a Hero image to their Story

  • Add a Table of Contents to their Story

  • Using Templates in a Story using Flexible Layout

  • Drag and drop blocks between sections

Add Blocks to your Story

Because this is a Beta, we’ve focused on a few key elements: Text, Media, and the Global Filter Bar.

To add blocks into the Story, click and drag one from the Content Block side panel and into your Story. You can also double click a block and it will appear at the bottom of a Story in a new section.

Note: To get a text block above the global filter bar, double click on the text box icon in the panel — this will add a new section with the text box in it.  Then, hover over the section and use the up arrow on the section menu to move it to the top of the page.


We’ve automatically added a media block to any newly created Story so you can get started.

Wondering where templates are? They are coming later! We want to make sure we can improve and iterate on the base functionality in this flexible layout.


We’ve provided a handy guide for where the block will land as you drag it around the Story.

blocks will rearrange based on where you drag and drop other blocks.

If you don't see the block you're looking for, don't worry! They will be added soon!

You can copy blocks while using a flexible layout, to learn more click here.

Resize Blocks in your Story

Once placed in your Story, you can easily click and drag it to resize the block.

Click and drag the bottom right of a media block to resize it.


Click and drag the right side of a text block to resize it.


Blocks are resized based on a minimum height and width.

You will notice that some blocks, like the Global filter bar, remain full width.

Rearrange Blocks in your Story

Rearrange blocks by clicking and dragging the top bar on a block.


Blocks will dynamically rearrange to optimize the overall layout. More specifically, we’ve optimized the layout for vertical compaction.

You can drag a new block from the Content Block side panel into a new section, but currently, you cannot drag existing blocks between sections.

Remove Blocks from your Story

Use the trash icon to remove a block from your Story.


Block and Section Menus

Block menu


  1. Remove a block by clicking on the trash icon.

  2. Drag the block using the top menu bar to rearrange it in your story

  3. Click the “Edit” button to change the content in the block.

  4. Click the kebob to Swap, Copy, or Paste into a content block.

Section menu

Sections still have the same menu options, to learn more, click here.

Story Content Width

Content width options will remain the same as Classic Mode, to learn more, click here.

Story Layout Responsiveness

We have not yet implemented responsiveness for Stories using a flexible layout.


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