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Wordpress now lets you publish and view virtual reality content

The popular blogging platform now offers native support for 360 degree images and VR video, all of which supports a variety of popular VR headsets.


Virtual reality is continuing to creep into the everyday online experience. Its latest advance: the blogging platform Wordpress, where you'll now be able to upload and share VR and 360 degree content right on your site.

Readers will be able to view the content in their browsers, and they'll also be able to click a "VR" button to view everything in its full, 3D-rendered glory using a compatible headset: Wordpress points to Google Cardboard, Samsung Galaxy Gear, Google Daydream, Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive in its press release.

Google's Daydream VR headset is one of several that can now view VR content on Wordpress.

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It's not necessarily a groundbreaking development, mind you. Previously, users could share and view VR content on Wordpress with the help of a simple plug-in. Still, native VR compatibility for a platform as big as Wordpress will undoubtedly put virtual, 360-degree content in front of more eyes than before, which could potentially lead to increased demand for VR headsets.

At the very least, it signals an expectation that virtual reality content will continue to play a growing role in how information is shared and viewed online. To that end, Wordpress points to a VR-centric story on the refugee crisis in Germany published in the Harvard Gazette as well as 360 degree images taken by NASA's Mars Pathfinder, both of which are now optimized for VR viewing on Wordpress sites.