Set up an Archive Keyboard Shortcut in Apple Mail written by Simon Stevens and updated on 19 October, 2015

Archiving email is a great way of keeping on top of your active emails and removing email related stress.  Stupidly Apple's Mail application doesn't have a shortcut to allow you to do this quickly, but you can add one yourself!

  1. Open System Preferences by clicking on the Apple logo in the top left of your screen.
  2. Select the Keyboard category.
  3. Click on the Shortcuts tab.
  4. Select the App Shortcuts category from the left column.
  5. Click the +, at the bottom of the right column.
  6. Select Mail in the Application menu.
  7. Type "Archive" into the Menu Title box.
  8. In the Keyboard Shortcut field, type in your desired keyboard shortcut. I use Command + Shift + A, but you can use anything that's not already in use (For example Command + A selects all emails, so would cause a conflict).
  9. Click on Add and close the window.

All done!  If this helped you, please let us know on Twitter.

How I Manage My Email written by Simon Stevens on 16 October, 2015

Support emails from customers, and notifications from the website and control panel means I get a lot of email.  It's so cheap to store masses of information that I hate the idea of deleting emails, but that means that I have to manage over 6GB of emails in total, and sometimes upwards of 50 a day.

So that gives me two problems to address:

  1. How do I keep my mailbox organised
  2. How do I handle my daily emails

I'm going to talk about the options available, my personal preference and why it's the best solution.

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What is Salvage My Site? written by Simon Stevens and updated on 16 April, 2015

If you follow us on Twitter you've probably heard us talking about Salvage My Site recently, and if you don't follow us on Twitter, you probably should ;).

So what's this new fangled "Salvage My Site" all about then?  Well actually Salvage My Site has been around for over 4 years, and in that time we've helped hundreds of website owners restore, repair and recover their hacked websites.  

How did it come to be?

An inevitable fact of the internet is that websites get hacked.  Even the most diligent website administrator can fall foul of zero day exploits, and the sad fact is that diligent website administrators are few and far between.

The overwhelming majority of website hosting companies won't lift a finger to help their customers when their site is hacked.  If the hack affects the webhost (e.g. it's being used to send spam email, or is causing high server load) then the host will shut down the site with no warning and contact it's owner to inform them the site won't be re-enabled until they restore from backups (which most administrators do not have).

We've always felt that is a bad attitude for a hosting provider.  Who is a website administrator supposed to turn to for help and advice if not their hosting provider?  So on occasions when our own customers' websites were hacked we would offer assistance in the form of advice, or more frequently by repairing the damage done by the hacker and patching the vulnerability that provided the access.

We used the experience we'd gained fixing our customers' hacked sites to launch Salvage My Site, offering the same service to the public, that our customers have enjoyed.  It's been a great success and over the past 4 years our experience and expertise in dealing with hacked websites has grown and grown.

Ok, so what now?

It became clear to us that not only is Salvage My Site a great service in it's own right, but it also provides a powerful introduction to 3DPixel Managed Hosting.  Infact, many of our customers today are products of that introduction.

In light of this not-so-startling revelation we felt it important to devote more time to the website, to overhaul both it's design, and it's content.  Originally Salvage My Site started out on it's own domain name at, but we felt both Salvage My Site and 3DPixel could benefit from being on the same webspace, so we moved it into a mini site at

We've already added useful content, such as our two password generators (xkcd and strong), our password flow chart for choosing which type to use, and various articles

We soft launched the new mini site about a month ago and it's already providing a noticable increase in cases.

We are now! written by Simon Stevens and updated on 11 September, 2014

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, and, 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 (we had let it lapse), and with it, our right to register  The domain has no appeal, it highlights us as a UK company, but the resulting domain just has no zing to it. however, helps us stand out from the crowd.

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

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


All existing 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, please let us know!