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Easiest way to make 360 appear on my URL

Post by jakobox » Thu Jun 22, 2017 4:30 pm

Hello everyone,

I've spent the last couple weeks getting to know the ins and outs of the software. Very excited to be learning more about it.

I am currently hosting my panoramas on Amazon S3 which is working great.

My portfolio website runs on a template site (Squarespace), which has limitations on what I can do with the code etc. I'm pretty invested in the design of my current site, and would like to leave it there.

The issue I would like to tackle: When I link to a panorama on Amazon S3, the Amazon URL comes up in the address bar. I would prefer it to still have a URL related to me.

I suspect the easiest solution would be to get a new URL, something like myname360.com, and there is perhaps some sort of URL forwarding/masking solution I can do. However, I'm a little bit at a loss on where to start.

As a recap, I just want to be able to send someone to a full screen panorama hosted on Amazon S3, but to keep a URL with my branding in the address bar.

Any pointers in the right direction would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Re: Easiest way to make 360 appear on my URL

Post by Hopki » Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:45 pm

Hi,
This is something the Domain provider may be able to help with.
I know mine provides this service but Im no web developer and others have more information.
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Hopki

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Re: Easiest way to make 360 appear on my URL

Post by Tony » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:24 am

Hi Jakobox,

I run a couple of sites on Squarespace and host my files on S3. I saw your post and it made me question how you could actually achieve what you wanted to do.

I think this is what you want to achieve?

1. Original S3 url: https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com ... index.html

2. Updated url: http://panos.expedition.photography/RU-Outdoor-Dining/

I'm putting together a small tutorial that will take you through it step-by-step and I'll post a link to it once it's done. Give me a day. By the way who does your domain hosting? I'm with GoDaddy and the tutorial reflects that.

cheers,

Tony
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Re: Easiest way to make 360 appear on my URL

Post by Tony » Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:19 am

Hi,

I've created the tutorial Mask the Long S3 URL and you can find it at http://tonyredhead.com/amazon-s3/mask-s3-url

I'd appreciate any feedback on the tutorial to fine tune it if necessary.

cheers,

Tony
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Re: Easiest way to make 360 appear on my URL

Post by jakobox » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:58 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you Tony!!!

This was extremely helpful, and exactly what I was looking for.

I'm sure others will find it very useful too.

I'm also thrilled to see that I can set this cname forward up once, and then create multiple subfolders on the Amazon server which are all mapped over.

IE

360.jake.com/pano1
360.jake.com/pano2

etc. etc. can all be set up with just one re-direct.

(probably something that was obvious to you, but for the not so familiar people like me, it could be a nice additional note for the tutorial).

But yes, this was EXTREMELY helpful. I can't say how much I appreciate it, and I'm sure others will too.

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Re: Easiest way to make 360 appear on my URL

Post by Tony » Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:42 am

jakobox wrote:
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:58 pm
This was extremely helpful, and exactly what I was looking for.
I'm glad it worked for you and thanks for posting the question as it helped me learn as well. I think I'm going to be using S3 more and more as the service and speed of delivery worldwide is so good.

The only issue I've come across is while developing projects where I'm using a lot of html includes S3 has very aggressive caching! In a lot of cases the only way to get around it is to actually upload a version of the html file with a new name. So I'm using my old server to develop on and then uploading to S3 when it's done. I haven't looked into the whole caching thing yet so there may be a way around it.

I've updated the tutorial to make it clear you can target folders/files within the bucket with the subdomain url.

I had an issue the other day where I wanted to download a folder of files from an S3 bucket and got completely confused trying to set up the AWS CLI on my Mac. I did however find a way using an FTP program that I think I'm going to do a quick tutorial on if you are interested.

cheers,

Tony
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Re: Easiest way to make 360 appear on my URL

Post by jakobox » Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:30 pm

Yes, I'll definitely be on the lookout for your tutorial! I was using Mountain Duck for uploads, but find it to be extremely slow compared to even the web interface, so certainly would be interested to hear if there's a better solution.

Good to know about the caching issue. I haven't experienced it yet, but definitely good to have on the radar so I know what's going on if I do have issues in that area. I do have cloudfront setup... not sure if that might have an impact on that or not.

In any case, thanks so much for the extremely useful tutorial!

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Re: Easiest way to make 360 appear on my URL

Post by Tony » Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:59 am

Hi,

FYI, another issue just came up and it took me a couple of minutes to find it. All files served off the S3 platform are case sensitive! I had an issue where a jpg file had an uppercase letter in it, but in my code it was lowercase and the image didn't display. Changing the name of the image on S3 resolved it.

Tony
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