So, you’ve had a virtual tour created but where, oh where, should you plunk users down? At least initially? Most of the time, we favour starting just outside the main entry for detached buildings and just inside the front door for apartments and similar locations. But wouldn’t it be great if you could have users start the tour in a specific location? Here are a few examples where you might want to do this:
- Start a tour with day/night mode at day or night depending on the current time of day;
- Start a tour shot in summer/winter in summer or winter mode depending on the season;
- In a social media post about a home’s kitchen, let users jump right into the kitchen in the virtual tour;
- In an email to a client, bringing them directly to a location you’re discussing.
As you might have guessed, Anikio’s virtual tours now have the capability to link directly to a room or even trigger a hotspot or information box. How? You just have to add ?media=xx to the URL, where xx is either the name of the room (it has to be exactly what we named it) or the index number. Of course, we’re more than happy to help you with this. While we’re at it, there’s also the ability to skip the introduction when you just want to get to the tour directly.
Here is the same tour, starting in the kitchen:
And the living room (at night):
And there’s more we can do right from the URL. All you have to do is add a ‘?’ at the end and add one or more of the below options. To add more than one option at the same time, just separate them with ‘&’.
Virtual Tour URL Options:
- skip-loading – Skip the introduction/loading screen
- media=xx – Start in a specific location, where xx is the index number or the exact room title
- yaw=YAW&pitch=PITCH – Start with the camera facing a certain direction (yaw = horizontal axis, pitch = vertical axis)
- language=LANGUAGE_CODE – On multilingual tours, start the tour in the correct language
- and more – contact us to work on ways we can make custom loading parameters for your marketing needs!