Frequently Asked Questions

What is 360cities.net all about?

360cities is the preferred publishing platform for thousands of panorama photographers from around the world. Our contributors have published hundreds of thousands of stunning, geo-referenced, interactive panoramic photos from all around the world. 360Cities offers panorama photographers a unique proposition:

  • Easy publication, maintenance, and beautiful presentation of their images
  • Wide viewership of panoramas across multiple platforms:
    • 360cities.net and widely distributed panorama embeds
    • 360Cities native iOS, Android, and Windows Phone mobile apps
    • Platform partnerships with Google, Oculus, and Flipboard
  • Monetization of panoramas via:
    • 360Cities direct image licensing
    • Distribution partnership with Getty Images

At 360Cities, we put the photographer first. All 360Cities members receive a customizable profile page where they can write about themselves and their work. Photographers always receive attribution for their panoramas both on 360Cities properties and on those of our platform partners. Outstanding photographers earn recognition via our EXPERT badge and a select few can earn our MAESTRO badge. We celebrate the work of our contributors via our Featured Panorama of the Week and monthly Featured Photographers.

Can I remain a basic member indefinitely or is it a free trial?

There is no commitment and no monthly charge for the basic account. You can keep your basic account as long as we have it. We can’t promise 1000 years, but we’ll do our best.

How do I cancel or downgrade?

Login on your account and visit this page, the Plan Page, and click on "Don’t renew". Your account won't be renewed. Then, you can wait until it simply expires. You will not be charged again.

What equipment do I need? How do I get started publishing panoramas on 360Cities?

You can start with any compact digital camera or camera phone. After you sign up, we will teach you which equipment to get and how to make your panoramas faster, easier, and better. We have tutorials, videos and forums to help you improve or learn the professional tricks to make awesome panoramas.

Why should I upload my panoramas to 360Cities instead of putting them on my own website?

You can do both. Additional benefits from publishing on 360Cities are: exposure to our huge global audience; seeing your images on our well-designed platform; appearance in Google Earth; the ability to use our platform when you are selling your local photography services; view your images on iPad and iPhones, etc. We are a perfect solution if you don't feel like spending so much time on the publishing side of panoramic photography, and would like to spend more time taking photos. An easy way to begin is to 1) publish your panoramas on 360Cities and then 2) embed these into your own website. You'll also get some free high-performance hosting of your panoramas that way, which is a considerably good deal.

What type of payments do you accept?

You can select whether to pay via PayPal or with your credit card.

How do I extend my 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 being downgraded or losing portfolio view mode. You can cancel the extend automatically option at any time during the term of your membership.

How does 360Cities save my time?

We've got a serious technology running on our distributed server infrastructure. Our publishing system completely automates the process of adding panoramas to the 360Cities map. All you have to do is upload stitched panoramas. Our system does everything else like processing the image for tiled display in our flash viewer, locating it properly on the map, etc. At the same time, you have many different controls and settings that you can choose to tweak if you want.

How does 360Cities help increase exposure of my images? Who will see my panoramas published on 360Cities?

Millions of people visit 360cities.net to view panoramas! And all our panorama image pages are indexed as search results in Google and other search engines. So, the better your image Title, Tags, and Description, the more people will find it. Features for our members include a special author page for each individual photographer. Your author page will show all your exclusive content globally - in other words, it's your own personal portfolio page on 360Cities.

How do I join the 360Cities community?

360Cities is dedicated to promoting the growth of spherical panoramic photography and the work of panorama photographers around the world. 360Cities members are at the forefront of the movement to geo-tag the world through immersive imagery. As a member, you can connect with other members and ask questions and share experiences about the best way to grow your skills and use 360cities.net.

Can I offer my images for licensing and print sales through 360Cities?

Yes. Our members can choose to offer their panoramas for sale as prints or for commercial licensing. Individual panoramas can be opted-out from sale or licensing if you choose, while your others remain available. Everything is easily managed in your account settings. You can also of course continue selling your own images via your own website or by other means independent of 360Cities.

What are your privacy and service policies?

Please read our Privacy Policy, Website Terms and Account terms of use.

How do I contact you with any additional questions?

If you have questions about 360Cities or our membership plans, or if you are having an issue with the sign-up process, please post them in our forum or contact us and we'll get right back to you.

Testimonials

"360Cities is not only for presenting your work to the world. It is also a good chance to earn money. Offering your panoramas for licensing means that you have more opportunities to earn money with your images. 360Cities also gives you the opportunity to offer embedded panoramas to clients’ websites, so a server of your own is not required. 360cities will show the ads next to your panoramas but you can keep the revenue, so this is also a good chance to earn something extra."" (More...)
Rami Saarikorpi, Pro and Maestro photographer, www.360panorama.fi
As an older photographer I don't get too excited about much but panoramas and a membership with 360Cities has me going again.
Tom Sadowski, Photographer, Maine, USA
I contribute to your website through my work with Chris Blake at Aerial Vr and enjoy it immensely. I think it's very powerful that I can browse through your library of 10's of thousands of images from every part of the planet, zoom, pan and manipulate (using your view options like little planet). What a great service you provide.
Brian Shriver, camera technician at AerialVr
There are thousands of stunning 360 degrees images from across the globe on 360cities.net, including many of the best tourist attractions.
Kate Russell, BBC TV program, ‘Click’
Possibly one of the best sites I have ever been to. A fantastic tool to share our wonderful planet with.
Chris Podesta, Director, AMG Australia