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Google Analytics is a great tool for tacking website performance. There are plenty of parameters and behaviors you can track in order to understand how users interact with websites and individual pages within websites.

Now you have the opportunity to add your Tracking ID to your 360Cities account (only for PRO and Company users) and start getting the stats of your panorama pages in your Google Analytics account.



  • What Google Analytics can do for you?

Google Analytics provides you with data and statistics about viewers who visit your panoramas. You will be able to see how many people view your panoramas, where they come from, how long they stay on your panorama pages and much more.

  • How to get your Google Analytics ID?

Access your existing Google Analytics account or create a new Google Analytics account. > At the top bar, select Admin.

There are three columns: Account, Property, and View. Go to the Property column, select the dropdown menu and then click on “create new property”.

You will have to answer some questions:

  • “What would you like to track?” -> Website
  • “Website Name” -> Whatever you want
  • “Website URL” -> Select https, enter
  • “Industry category”, “Reporting Time Zone” -> Whatever you want
  • Click on “Get Tracking ID”

Scroll up to the top and you will be given an ID in the following format: UA-19566883-3

Copy and paste the ID you receive into the box on the page.

More info here. 

We have now made it possible for you to easily access all of your panorama details. By downloading a .csv file, you will see an overview of all of the data of your panoramas. This will allow you to keep better track of your images, their status, and their metadata. At a glance you’ll be able to check if any of your panoramas is unpublished, if descriptions, titles or tags are missing. All you need to do is click on “Download .csv summary”.


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Note this feature is only available for PRO and COMPANY users.

Advertising agencies, digital publishers, mobile and VR developers among others all use 360Cities to search for and license panoramas for use in campaigns, publications, games etc. You can increase the chances that your images will be selected for licensing by our customers by asking the following questions:


  1. Are your images enabled for licensing? It’s easy to do – here’s how.

  2. Have you added tags to all your images? Our customers often do searches specific to the type of image, or image content, and not simply geographic location. Adding tags helps them find your images.

  3. Have you entered your metadata correctly? Correctly spelled titles, a good description, and proper map placement all increase the chances of your images being licensed. Read all about proper metadata here.

  4. Have you published any panos recently? Probably the single most important thing you can do to increase your chances of licensing panoramas is to publish lots of beautiful, well-executed images of remarkable and interesting places and events – wherever you are!

If any of your images have been licensed in the past, you will have received a royalty payment from 360Cities via Paypal. Now you can review details of your licensing history in your account page by clicking Settings / Licensing.



Projection and navigation modes have been available by right-clicking in an image, and now we have added these viewing options to the panorama menu.             Try clicking on the different projections to experiment with the change in perspective.

Normal View

Fisheye View

Architectural View






Stereographic View

Little Planet View

Panini view












You can also now share your favorite view from within a panorama with other people:

  • Select the view you like
  • Click on the share button    and click on copy:

  • Paste the link wherever you want to share the panorama – in an email, tweet, etc. The current projection mode will be added to the URL.



You can also choose between two navigation modes:

  • Click and Drag (set by default)

  • QTVR mode

Play with both of them and then choose the one you prefer by selecting it from the menu. The mode you choose will be the default navigation mode next time you open a panorama. Of course, you can easily change your preference from this menu any time.


There are now two ways to pay for your Plus, Pro or Company account: You can select whether to pay via PayPal or with your credit card.

It is easy and intuitive:

Click on upgrade your account, extend it or sign up and fill in the required information:


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Then, just select the payment method of our choice:



Whether Paypal or Credit Card:



Fill in the forms, click pay and start enjoying all the features of your Plus, Pro or Company account.

Your account will be automatically extended after one year, so you don’t have to worry about your business panoramas or sets being unpublished or your PRO embedded panos or portfolio view mode. You can cancel the automatic renewal by clicking on the “Don’t renew” button on the Choose plan page. Of course, you will have the choice to extend your account after that.




Richard Chesher joined in 2007 and has posted 288 images of New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Australia. He is an Expert Pro and his images have had over 1.5 million views. He has contributed to the blog before on how to take Underwater 360 Panoramas: This blog is about how to expand the impact of your panoramas with themes and descriptions.

By Richard Chesher, Ph.D.


 Trekking New Caledonia Dumbea River Pool


I love sphere images. For me, a sphere image is a memory bubble; a perceptive memory of a focal point that can be shared with thousands of people all over the world – thanks to and Google Earth. Using the metaphor of a memory bubble has some real advantages (to me) when I am planning an image, or looking for the perfect place to set up my camera.

Think of it like this: Memory bubbles allow viewers to extend their perception through time and space and, from that vantage place, look out and turn their own perception in any direction they wish. So when you create a memory, it will be more effective, more interesting, if the viewer knows more about what they are looking at – so they can share the memory.

I Was Here Style Memory Bubbles

The vast majority of images on are “I was here” images – landscapes, seascapes, aerial images, monuments – documenting that location. It’s what Google Earth likes and what Street-View has made into a viewable interactive model of many cities in the world.

These memory bubbles allow people to locate places they want to visit and, if the images are taken with care, reveal our planet’s beautiful, special, unique places, creatures and events as clear, sharp, delightful memory bubbles; captured from just the right angle, just the right light, when they are looking their finest.


 Ouvea Paradis Beach Footprints


The above memory bubble from Ouvea shows a pair of lover’s footprints along one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – the footprints vanished with the next tide but they remain in the matrix, available for anyone to experience.

By providing the viewer with a written description of what the image means to you, the creator of the memory, you help shape the viewer’s enjoyment of the moment. Locations and moments like this are very few and far between, and precious to record. My wife and I waited two weeks to get the light, beach, water, and sky just right to make this memory bubble reveal the beach looking just right.

Themed Memory Bubbles

Memory bubbles become more interesting if they reveal a story, and not just a place or a thing. This is important because it gives the memory bubble an added depth of meaning. One of my favorite themes for memory bubble stories is life in the tropical Lagoon. I make memory bubbles showing behavior of sea creatures; not a photo of a reef or a fish or a shark, but the interacting behavior one senses when actually percieving the moment.


Coral Reef Fish New Caledonia


These brilliant yellow fish form dense schools over the coral reefs during the day – but they move away if a diver approaches to photograph them. To tell the story of these snoozing fish I had to think of a way of moving the focal point of my memory bubble right into their midst – a place they would not let me actually go.

So I anchored the underwater camera in the center of their usual schooling area with a little motor to turn it around. After I swam away and got back in my dinghy the fish resumed to their normal behaviour and the robot camera captured them undisturbed. Getting the image took 6 months of tinkering from the time I first decided I wanted to take it.


Water Sports Noumea New Caledonia


Sometimes a story happens by surprise – like when a sea turtle appeared while I was taking photographs of starfish gathering to spawn in a marine reserve. Surprise opportunities mean you have to be quick to get the shot. Again a description of the surprise adds an important element to the memory bubble – revealing why the girl in the image (my wife) is laughing.


 Bird Fish Feeding Frenzy New Caledonia


The ideal memory bubble image would tell the story without any written comment at all. Like this image recording a mad feeding frenzy of sea birds and fish. – every fisherman will know right away what’s going on here. But not everyone is a fisherman and a description can make all the difference in the world to the viewer’s ability to share the memory.


 Triton Attacks Crown Of Thorns Starfish


Very few people in the world would know what this memory bubble is about – or why it is an important story about the survival of coral reefs in many parts of our world. I wrote a really long description of that memory because it was, for me, quite a stellar day in my life. As with all of my descriptions I write in the first person – this is happening to me – to help re-create the memory bubble in the mind of those who will, in the future, revisit this moment in time.

If you take the time to do the image correctly it obviously means more to you than just the scene. So share the story, too.