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:
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