Tutorial: How to upload a virtual tour to the Internet (FTP)
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Tutorial: How to upload a virtual tour to the Internet (FTP)

Hello everyone. This is a much requested
tutorial because one of the most asked questions is probably, how do I get my
virtual tour online, once I’m done creating it. There is a video tutorial on
the different ways of publishing a virtual tours, so publishing it as a
local file which you can send via email or pass on on a flash drive, or on a CD
and the two forms of publishing a virtual tour so you can upload it to the
internet and integrate it into your website for example. If you want to have
a quick recap on the different ways of publishing a virtual tour please go back
to that tutorial. So we’re done creating a virtual tour, how do we get it up on the Internet? Generally as you might recall using the
3DVista hosting service is basically the easiest way to get your virtual tour
online. What you do is inside the 3DVista Virtual Tour mask once you’re done creating your virtual tour, you simply log in with your hosting account
details and you click upload, that’s it, your virtual tour will be online. And right away it will give you two links one to just share the virtual tours so
when clicking on that link the virtual tour will open in the user browser
window, and the other link to embed the virtual tour into an existing website. This is an optional service that we offer just for your convenience, so you
can upload a virtual tour really fast and easy this is a service which is paid
annually for the hosting space you contract. If you don’t want to use 3DVista Hosting
service or you have already contracted a hosting server with another provider out
there, you can still upload your virtual tour to that server, this is slightly
more complicated but I will show you now step-by-step how to do it. This is how you will have to proceed to upload your virtual tour to a server other than the
3DVista hosting service. For this we will be needing an FTP client. An FTP client is a program that helps transfer files, in our case the virtual tours files,
between your computer and the server that you contracted that you found out
there. It’s essentially what you need to upload your files onto an external server. There’s a million and one FTP programs out there which you can use, and depending on your server provider you might even have a web page that lets you upload files. We will be using an FTP client that is called FileZilla simply because that’s what we use and recommend because it’s for free it’s easy to use
and you can just download it from the internet. Make sure that you download
files of a client, instead of server, so we click on files of a client, and you can just download the program here and install it, it’s very easy. Once you have an FTP client installed on your computer the way to proceed is very easy. Let’s say you just finished creating your virtual tour, so this is 3DVista Virtual Tour Pro, this is the virtual tour that I’ve just created, and what I want to do
now is click on publish, select full web, click on the little dots in order to
determine where to actually store the published files, so I will select the
folders. I do want to create a new folder because I will have a couple of thousand
folders that will be stored inside this new folder just about mix up things. Then
I click publish, and wait for the program to do this magic. Here we go that’s it. The Virtual tour is published, now we only have to upload it using the FTP client. So that’s what we’ll do now. We open the FTP program and if we’ve never used it
before or if we’ve never actually connected this program to the server
that we’re using, we will see on the right-hand side that it says no server
connected. So that’s what we have to do first, is connect our computer and this
FTP program to the server that we are using. Therefore you should have received from your hosting service provider and username and password and an IP address. That is what we will have to insert up
here. Under host I will type in the IP address. Then we username and password. And for port you usually should type in 21, so by default servers are using 21s port. I would say that less than 5% use a port that’s different to 21 and if they do
they should tell you so. And then click quick connect. And now we can see, that here on the right hand side we are connected to the server. Layout wise we have two parts, the left is your computer so all the local files and the right is the server, so we will see here all files that you have already uploaded onto the
server. The idea now is to copy and paste or to simply drag and drop the file that
you want to upload from the left, from the local side from your computer to the right onto your server, into whichever folder you need it to be. So in my case myself already comes with a couple of default files and folders that we can
see here on the right-hand side, and for the tour to run properly online in the browser I need to copy the tour into the web folder that’s important because
otherwise the tour might not show properly so double click in order to
open the web folder and I go back and I take the virtual tour folder “Casa
cascada” that my Virtual Tour Pro generated when I published the virtual
tour and I drag this folder into the web folder. And that’s it, on the bottom left
you can see that the uploading process has initiated and now
we just have to wait. Since this can take a couple of minutes I will now quickly fast-forward it. Just something real quick if you didn’t create a new folder when publishing your virtual tour like I did I created the “Casa Cascada” folder
on my computer, then I do suggest that you would create such a new folder here on the right-hand side in your web folder of your server, and just simply
create a new “Casa Cascada” folder in there and then upload all the individual
files and folders that the virtual tour published into the “Casa Cascada”
folder, so the idea is to have separate folders in here of each virtual tours, so your individual virtual tour files don’t get mixed. Ok, by is a magic of fast-forwarding
our tours are already online and either way this process doesn’t take too long. What we want to do now is open our internet browser and check whether the tour is
visible online and works properly, so I opened my browser and I type in my web
URL, in order to access your tours directly, you always type in your web URL
slash the name of the folder that you uploaded onto the server’s web folder,
slash index dot HTM, so that’s always the way to reach your tours directly. And as you can see indeed everything is uploaded, the tour should work fine and hopefully will be enjoyed by many people on your website. Thanks for watching

3 thoughts on “Tutorial: How to upload a virtual tour to the Internet (FTP)

  1. Our site is developed with React, would the virtual tour implementation (self hosted) be the same as above or need to be configured slightly differently such as for routing etc? Thanks

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