A Free and Easy WordPress Plugin for Linking Virtual Tours

Need a WordPress plugin that will make including virtual tours for your web site easier? You’re in the right place.

We’ve built a free WordPress plugin that helps you easily link smarter virtual tours built with the Whitepoint framework to your WordPress posts. You can find the plugin in the WordPress plugin directory, but here are some additional details to help in using it.

First off, yes, our WordPress plugin is free. And, of course, authoring tours with Whitepoint’s framework is free as well. And, come to think of it, the WordPress content management system is free too. Not a bad deal, all in all.

In case you missed it above, here’s a link to ScapeViewer for WordPress.

Why is There a WordPress Plugin for Whitepoint?

The Whitepoint framework helps you build and manage more intelligent virtual tours. Like WordPress, Whitepoint is at its core a content management system. WordPress and Whitepoint utilize a similar approach to the process of managing content. It makes sense that WordPress users would also be interested in linking scapes (Whitepoint tours) or building their own scapes.

In addition to mobile display of smarter virtual tours, Whitepoint offers the ability for those tours to be viewed on desktops.

If you’re not familiar with the idea of a Whitepoint scape, take a look at this post with a short scape demonstration (which was built with the help of said WordPress plugin).

Until now, there were some issues in getting WordPress to include the necessary code in posts for a clean user experience while opening and viewing Whitepoint scapes. The WordPress plugin takes any required coding out of the picture altogether and makes it a lot easier to quickly link up a Whitepoint tour.

And, What Does Whitepoint’s WordPress Plugin “Do” Exactly?

As mentioned above, the WordPress plugin will insert the necessary JavaScript automatically. That alone takes the biggest headaches out of the WordPress integration process.

A virtual tour built with Whitepoint linked in a WordPress post

When you embed a scape link using the WordPress plugin, you have multiple options including alignment. In the above example, the graphic link to the scape is aligned right.

The plugin includes a shortcode generator that asks a few simple questions before providing the shortcode that’s needed to insert the link to the scape. All you have to do as a WordPress author is copy and paste that code into your post.

You will need to know the scape ID of the scape that you want to link up. That’s easy. If you are a Whitepoint author, you can find the scape ID in the “Team Scapes” or “Personal Scapes” link in Whitepoint’s Authoring Panel.

So, What’s an Example of How Someone Could Use This?

Let’s say you operate a real estate web site and need to link up multiple properties to a WordPress blog or web site. Maybe you link up a virtual tour to a daily blog post.

As a Whitepoint author (you will need to have an authoring account), you build out your scape, then using the WordPress plugin, you provide the scape ID. You insert a shortcode into your WordPress page and you’re done.

Finding Another Author’s Whitepoint Scape ID

Even if you’re not a Whitepoint author, you can link up the scape or virtual tour that another Whitepoint author has built. Just have them provide the scape ID.

Or, visit their scape from a desktop and take a look at the address bar:

Virtual Tour Link for Whitepoint WordPress Plugin

Here’s an example of a web address for a scape. Using the WordPress plugin and scape ID of 24, you could link up your WordPress post to this virtual tour.

The number you see is the scape ID. In the above example, it’s 24.

Questions? Insights? Ideas on how you can use this?

Meanwhile, happy #whitepointing.

Matthew White

Matthew White blogs on all things related to virtual tours, mobile touring, and tour apps - and how they relate to web design, SEO, and content marketing. There is also of course helpful information on using Whitepoint - the free framework for social mapping and building intelligent, mobile-friendly tours.

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