Introducing VR and 360° Content for All WordPress.com Sites

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Virtual Reality is coming to WordPress.com! As of today, you can create and publish your own VR content on any WordPress.com site, starting with 360° photos and 360° videos (beta), and you can view regular photos and panoramas in VR. Our goal is to make publishing VR content as simple as publishing text or photos to the web — just add VR content to your site and anyone with a web browser can instantly enjoy it.

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Photography: Why aspect ratio is important.

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Myra explains the importance of aspect ratio:

Taking good photographs, whether in real life or Second Life, means you have to get a little technical. Don’t be scared: If Second Life has taught me anything, it’s that anyone – even I – can learn the tech needed to be creative.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a programmer or 3D modeler to be a good photographer. You just need to know some basic settings.

One of the most important settings many new photographers to Second Life overlook is the aspect ratio.

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Tip: How to Reblog Self Hosted WordPress Site Articles & Pages and More!

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I decided to write this post which is related more to blogging but also relates to the arts and/or photography, especially if you see an awesome art/photography article online that you would like to reblog on your wordpress.com hosted site.

I scour the net on a daily basis for interesting articles for Windlight Magazine’s website. It is quite easily to reblog content that is hosted on a WordPress.com blog, as these blogs have a simple reblog feature. Of course it is not easy to reblog content from self hosted WordPress.org blogs. I have found a few work around’s so that you can reblog content from just about anywhere on the web, without having to do much copying and pasting!

Reblogging Content from WordPress.com Blogs:

This is really easy as if you are a WordPress.com blogger or writer with a blog on WordPress.com, you simply can use the reblog tools. See this link for more information: https://en.support.wordpress.com/reblogs/

Reblogging Content From WordPress.org Self Hosted Blogs if you are a WordPress.com User:

This one is a little tricky but still easy. You simply use the press this feature. Press this be added to your internet browser and as long as you are logged into WordPress.com, you can “press” an article onto your chosen WordPress.com blog, even WordPress.org self hosted blogs. This link has more information about press this: https://en.support.wordpress.com/press-this/

Reblogging Content from other blogging platforms and on the web if you are a WordPress.com User:

Press This also works on any type of blogging platform or website on the web. See the instructions above and this link again: https://en.support.wordpress.com/press-this/

If you have a self hosted WordPress.org blog and you would like to make your blog “reblog” friendly for your readers, what should you do?

The answer to this question is simple. First install Jetpack. Jetpack gives you WordPress.com like features. It does not include a reblog button because the reblog button is native to WordPress.com You can get info on Jetpack here: http://jetpack.me/. You can also install the following sharing plugin that allows your articles to be shared almost on any type of social media or blogging platform: ShareThis. ShareThis will create a social bar that will allow your readers to easily share your content on any website, wordpress blog, drupal, joomla, blogger, typad, tumblr, via a newsletter, or on mobile devices. You can customize the plugin by visiting the official ShareThis website: http://www.sharethis.com/

Keep in mind when sharing content, most of these plugins will include the actual link and name of the site you are sharing. Always quote the source that you are sharing, give the original blogger or article writer credits for their work. This is just common sense and the right thing to do. In most cases ask if it is ok to reblog their content or share it on your site.