To self host your virtual tour or not, that is the question. When many companies/organisations approach us to create a virtual tour, hosting the virtual tour is one thing that is obvious to some organisations but not all. Even if you choose not to host the virtual tour yourself, there are many factors in play. Today we are exploring if you should self host your virtual tour or host with us. We will also discuss what impacts hosting can have on your tour and site.
Self Host Your Virtual Tour Or Not?!?!
When you have a virtual tour and people want to view it online, it needs to be hosted on servers. Just like this website and all its content, so too are virtual tours. At Simply 360, we offer clients three hosting options:
1. Self Host
The client will host the tour on their own website. Many of our clients prefer this option for their own virtual tour. If the company/organisation feels that they have sufficient bandwidth and infrastructure, they can host the tour themself. Examples of clients who self host their virtual tours are TAFE NSW, EVENT Cinemas and Thynk Group.
2. We Host The Virtual Tour For You
There are many reasons for Simply 360 to host your virtual tour. In some cases, the company may not have the most robust hosting plan. Outsourcing as a solution may be ideal in these cases. Other cases, especially in the education space, may have specific restrictions on the hosting platform, which can slow down the virtual tour immeasurably or make certain elements not work. Examples of clients who have chosen to host with us are Pink Caviar Events, Chifley College Bidwill Campus and Australian Temporary Structures.
3. Custom Solution
Only used for high volume traffic situations such as open days or national events. A 360 virtual tour is a rich multimedia experience with 360/3D content, images, video and more. If you know that your virtual tour will be viewed by several thousand people simultaneously, then standard hosting will not be sufficient. A great example is TAFE NSW, where a custom solution was initially required. Their open day was a statewide event that attracted tens of thousands of people over two days. To ensure the success of the virtual tour, we were in talks with TAFE NSW marketing and IT department to find a solution during this time.
Hosting Your Virtual Tour With Simply 360
As an Australian business, if you choose to host your virtual tour, it is vital to know some basics of how/where your virtual tour is located. When you host your virtual tour with Simply 360, there are three essential features we provide, these are:
Our Servers Are In Australia
All our virtual tours are hosted in Australia, specifically Sydney (we do have options to host in other capital cities across Australia). This is important because when a virtual tour is hosted overseas, it can load much slower then hosted locally. It can be the difference between loading in seconds to 30+ seconds. This will impact your load time and on-page SEO.
Hosting Designed For Statewide & National Companies
Our hosting package can be designed to withstand a lot of traffic. The same hosting is designed for local businesses and more extensive state and national organisation. We have an up-time of 99.99%, unlimited bandwidth and the ability to handle a large number of incoming viewers so your tour can be viewed any time/anywhere.
High-Level Encryption & Security
At Simply 360, we take security and privacy very seriously. Our entire site is encrypted, and so are our virtual tours. You can rest easy knowing that when your clients visit the virtual tour, their privacy and the security of your tour is protected.
Host Your Virtual Tour Your Way
How you choose to host your virtual tour (self-hosting or by a 3rd party) should be a solution that works best for you. Our founder Dimitri Cassimatis has an extensive background in marketing, IT and 360 photography/virtual tours. If you are looking to create a virtual tour, you can email us, call us or fill out the form on this page. We can have an open discussion of which hosting solution is best for your needs.
Are you looking to create a virtual tour? Are you leaning towards self-hosting or using a 3rd party? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts and why 🙂