We are now 3DPixel.uk! written by Simon Stevens

As you know, in July Nominet introduced new, shorter, .uk domains. Since then we've seen growing adoption of this succinct tld by our UK based customers, and it got us thinking.

The new shorter .uk TLD gives companies an opportunity to highlight that they're UK based.

Over ten years ago when 3DPixel was founded, we initially chose .net because our industry is literally "the net", but as with any domain name choice, availability also played a large part.  Since then we've been through some changes, switching between 3dpixelnet.com, 3dpixelnet.co.uk and 3dpixel.net, which has been our domain name for over 5 years.

We've no qualms with .net, but at the same time, we realised that we're in no way tied to it.  Our industry association with .net isn't a sticking point for us as 99% of our customers come through referrals.  It has a nice ring to it, but then, so can something else.

So when .uk arrived, we of course took the opportunity to reclaim 3dpixel.co.uk (we had let it lapse), and with it, our right to register 3dpixel.uk.  The .co.uk domain has no appeal, it highlights us as a UK company, but the resulting domain 3dpixel.co.uk just has no zing to it.  3dpixel.uk however, helps us stand out from the crowd.

We're happy to announce that we will now be trading under the domain name 3dpixel.uk!

Oh, and as an aside, in June we were also granted the 3dpixel™ by the Intellectual Property Office. Very exciting!


All existing 3dpixel.net domains and subdomains continue to function.  Use of these will of course be phased out over time, but as long as they are being used, they will continue to be provided.  The vast majority of our tools do not require you to use these in any case (email auto configures, SFTP should be directed to your domain name).

We've been through our website, and automated email templates with a fine toothcomb, but if you find anywhere that we're still using 3dpixel.net, please let us know!

.uk domains now available written by Simon Stevens

You've probably already heard about .uk domains being available.  But did you know that if you're the .co.uk owner (or the .org.uk if the .co.uk isn't registered) the matching .uk domains is reserved for you?

You can purchase your .uk through our Domains page.


Changes to Accounts, and a new Pricing page! written by Simon Stevens

We'd like to share with you some changes we've made to simplify our Managed and Unmanaged packages.

Changes to our Managed accounts

Last year we introduced 2 new packages to replace our entry level Managed account.  The products were intended to cater for either large websites "Managed Hosting", or companies with large email requirements "Managed Email".  The disk space limits were skewed towards the accounts primary focus (so for Managed Email, you got 10GB email storage, and 2GB website/database storage).  Unfortunately customers found the products confusing, and it really hit home when we found ourselves confused about the best product for a customer.

We've replaced these products with the original entry level "Managed" account, merging the previously separate storage limits to create 12GB of combined storage.  This change is mostly cosmetic as it doesn't impact customers in any real manner, but it makes product choice much clearer.

Changes to our Unmanaged accounts

Alongside our new unified Pricing page we've renamed our "3D" line of products to simply "Unmanaged".  We feel that this better portrays the account's status, support levels and feature set.  Limits for the accounts remain the same, and we've introduced a higher level account with 3GB of storage.

Our new Pricing page

To clearly present the changes outlined above we've given our pricing page a spruce up.  The new design should make comparing and deciding on the right package a lot easier.

If you have any comments or improvements, please let us know.

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Carousels and Rotating Banners Suck written by Simon Stevens

In this post I'll be quoting evidence that shows Carousel and Rotating Banners provide a negative experience for your customers, put forward bad arguments for buying your products and services and actively damage your SEO.

In fact, they're so terrible, that we can't even agree on what they're called!


Carousels, Rotating Banners, Slide Shows, or Sliders, who knows what they're called, but simply put, this post will show you why they are bad bad bad!

...and if you don't know what they are, we'll tell you so that you can help educate others.

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Laravel: Validating in the model written by Simon Stevens

Being more used to Lemonstand's "validation in the model" approach I found that I'd have to come up with my own solution when working with Laravel.

It relies on storing a rules array in the model, and then hooking in to the saving event to process those rules.

Event::listen('eloquent.saving: *', function(Eloquent $model){

$v = Validator::make($model->attributesToArray(), $model->rules);

throw new Exception(implode("\r\n", $v->messages()->all()));

If you use it, let us know @3dpixelnet