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A Simple, Elegant Real Estate Tour Template For Those Up To Hosting Their Own Tours

January 18th, 2012

Today as a follow-up to comments I made on Monday’s post about taking control of how your images are presented Brandon Beechler, an Orange County, CA Architectural photographer/web designer pointed out that he agrees and since he is skilled in CSS and HTML he creates and hosts his own tours for his real estate photography clients. Here is a sample of what Brandon’s tours look like.

Wow! Brandon’s tours are elegant with big images and a clean, simple design. What is more, they look exactly the same on all platforms because they don’t use flash. Also worth noting along the bottom they have links to WalkScore.com, Google Maps and a spot to embed video plus a spot for text description and agent branding.

Brandon has offered to share this elegant tour template with PFRE readers. You can download a copy of the template here.

What you’ll need to make use of Brandon’s template is the following:

  1. You need your own web site that you have FTP access to.
  2. You need some kind of HTML editor so you can modify the template and customize the tour for your use.
  3. You need a FTP application so you can FTP each tour up to your hosting site.

Once you have each tour working on your site you can point a custom domain to each tour if you choose to do that.

I realize this is not for everyone. You have to know the basics of HTML, FTP and how web sites work but I know from past experience that many PFRE readers are up to hosting their own tours. This is a great way to take control of the presentation of your images like I was talking about in Monday’s post.

Thanks Brandon for sharing your template with us!

Update 1/20/2012: Notice Ryan Ward’s comment below in which he shared his simple, elegant tour template with everyone. Ryan says:

The one I made is different than this one here, but I’m also going to offer it to anyone who wants it. Here is the branded version: http://atlantainfocus.com/elegant-virtual-tour. When I get the unbranded version complete, I’ll be happy to post back where anyone who wants it can download it. Like the one here, you need a little bit of experience with coding to get it to work. I built this one in WordPress

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15 Responses to “A Simple, Elegant Real Estate Tour Template For Those Up To Hosting Their Own Tours”

  • Looks awesome. Looking forward to checking it out. Thanks Brandon!

  • I agree, excellent, very clean and nice. Thanks for sharing Brandon.

  • Looks great, but I’m still a big fan of PFRETour.com for the simplicity of it all. Plus, it has branded/unbranded tours — you could probably modify this template to do that too, though.

  • Thanks guys! Hope it works out for you! Let me know if you would like to change the color of some of the images. I can upload the PSD file as well.

  • Wow looks great, nice job. I’m still more of a fan of the non-partisan local area database, but if I wasn’t working with that system I would use something along these lines.

  • Looks like the stylesheet.css file is missing, though you can cut and paste it off his sample tour above.

  • Yep. Looks good! I have a free company tour that I use, but if not I’d look into this. For a Realtor or Photographer that wants to host their own tour, this looks like a great template to follow. Thanks Brandon!

  • This is a beautiful tour. It’s funny, I read the other post that led to this post and immediately started working on one of my own as well. It was a poignant post Larry and I’d like to thank you for helping to elevate all of us on a continual basis. The one I made is different than this one here, but I’m also going to offer it to anyone who wants it. Here is the branded version: http://atlantainfocus.com/elegant-virtual-tour. When I get the unbranded version complete, I’ll be happy to post back where anyone who wants it can download it. Like the one here, you need a little bit of experience with coding to get it to work. I built this one in WordPress.

  • @Ryan- Wow, yours looks great too… you are a many talented guy! I will put the link to yours up in the post so people are likely to see it. Thanks for sharing with everyone!

  • Thanks Larry! I should be finished with both branded and unbranded this weekend!

  • The tour looks great! Where can I download the template?

  • @Helen – if you’re interested in downloading the one I created, you can do so here: http://bmbdezines.com/files/listing-template.zip

    @Joe – you’re right! Not sure how I forgot to put the stylesheet in there. I updated the zip file to include it now.

  • Brandon,

    I love your gallery/sideshow. It’s beautiful! For anyone who wants mine, you can download the zip files here:

    Branded: http://atlantainfocus.com/elegant-virtual-tour.zip
    Unbranded: http://atlantainfocus.com/elegant-virtual-tour-ub.zip

    You need to know how to install WordPress on your own domain for them to work and the readme file should get you pretty far in the installation process. My email address is in the readme file if you have any questions. I’ll do what I can to help.

    Again, I want to thank you Larry. Your efforts to maintain a relevant blog with important topics helps to make all of us better.

  • Thanks for the template Brandon! It truly is amazing! It would eb great to get the PSD files for the header & Ribbon etc! You did an amazing job on this template and it’s wonderful for you to share!

  • Hey All,

    Here is the link to the PSD for my listing template for anyone who is interested.

    http://bmbdezines.com/files/listing-template-sample.psd

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