.uk domains now available written by Simon Stevens and updated on 11 September, 2014

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 and updated on 11 July, 2014

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 and updated on 18 October, 2013

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 and updated on 18 October, 2013

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

Barclaycard Paytag written by Alan Ogden and updated on 18 October, 2013

The future... or not.

Today, I paid for a sandwich with my Barclaycard Paytag or Contactless Payments as it's generally known. 

For those not in the know, this is the NFC 'credit card attached' enabled tag which allows purchases of up to £20 with a single swipe of the card. It's designed to forego the necessity of chip-and-pin in our fast paced busy lives. This is designed to be stuck to the back of a mobile phone.

Great! I hear you cry, however this got me thinking.

1. There is literally no security. The self-checkout presented the bill to me and I swiped my card. Quick £10 gone. There wasn't any kind of security check on the phone of any kind. If I knew your tag was attached to your phone in your pocket, could I, with a terminal presenting a 'bill' casually rub up against you in a busy shopping area and it takes £20?

2. People lose, or have their phone stolen more often than they do their wallets or purses. Your phone is always on show and not secure. Coupled with this, if you look at the featured image, it's not exactly subtle is it? I mean, you've effectively got a smaller bendier credit card sellotaped to the back of your phone, totally in contrast to the phone itself. You wouldn't walk around with your credit card in your hand all day so why is this any better?

3. Every time you upgrade your phone (and I do this a lot), it would require a new Paytag. If I somehow manage to rip this thing off it's not going to be in any state to stick to another phone. 


Ways this can be improved...

1. Most modern phones (cough, not iphone yet) have NFC built in. Use an app to control it so we can have some kind of security. e.g. bill presented, swipe card, phone prompts 'do you want to pay £x to Widgets Ltd' and you click OK. Naturally, the app would ensure that you have SOME kind of protection on the phone itself... pin number, face recognition, pattern etc.

2. More of a general bugbear this than specifically paytag related. EMAIL ME MY RECEIPT rather than throwing some paper at me. It's 2013!

As things go, it's not going to work. It needs to be more secure, less obvious and garish. It's being touted for phones however it does not require a phone. I may aswell have sellotaped it to the back of my hand.