Advanced Fastmail rules: Filter all newsletters and filter emails by contact groups

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I love Fastmail. They are a super email hosting provider that I’ve used for years now. They have been rock solid and constantly improving. This week I learned how to do something awesome with their email Rules.

Here’s what I wanted to do:

  1. Automatically filter all newsletters and stuff I subscribed to into a Subscriptions folder.
  2. Make exceptions for my favorite newsletters and keep them in the Inbox.

Here’s how to do it:

Subscriptions Rule : Filter all newsletters

My first attempt was to create a filter for each email provider – Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor, InfusionSoft, etc. But there are too many email marketing services and my rules list kept growing and growing.

Then a lightbulb moment: All email marketing service providers include a List-Unsubscribe email header.

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List-Unsubscribe email header

A quick support request to the awesome Fastmail team, and they told me how I could filter emails based on this header.

First, make sure you have already created a folder for Subscriptions (or Newsletters, if you prefer). Then go to Settings → Rules → Advanced. Then find the File into Folders tab. Create an advanced rule with the following settings:

Message with: Advanced
The text: exists ["List-Unsubscribe"]
File into folder: Subscriptions
Order: 1

Now any emails sent from a email marketing service will be sorted into the Subscriptions folder. Time to create some exceptions for my favorite newsletters.

Exceptions Rule: Filter by Address Book group

Now go to your Address Book and create a new group. I call mine “Must Reads”. Add your favorite newsletter senders email address to this group.

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Next, create another rule (Settings → Rules → Advanced).

Message with: Advanced
The text: header :contains "X-Spam-known-sender" "Must Reads"
File into folder: Inbox
Order: 0

Important! You must set the order of this exception rule to a lower value than the first rule. In my case, the order for my exception rule is 0 while the subscriptions rule is 1. This way, Fastmail will process the exception rule first and bypass the subscriptions rule.

Here’s what my rules look like:

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Yep, there’s another rule in there to filter emails that are just for Promotions e.g. senders who often email about sales that I want to take advantage of.

Hooray! Your inbox is now saner, and you won’t miss anything from the newsletters you really love.

Bonus tip: Unsubscribe from half of all your subscriptions. Seriously.

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More examples to be added when I find them…

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See a list of your Loved / Liked songs in Apple Music

Apple Music is awesome! …but quite difficult to figure out 😞 It took me some digging around to figure out how to find my Loved tracks, but I finally figured it out. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Click the heart button (♥) to Love the song
  2. Click the 3-dot button (…) and then click Add to My Music
  3. Create a Smart Playlist where “Loved” = “is true”

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Smart playlist to display songs you’ve Loved

That being said… loving / liking a song only tunes the “For Your” section in Apple Music – it doesn’t affect Apple Music Radio. Learn more: How to properly use “Likes” in Apple Music. Something for you to consider as you curate your playlists.

Enjoy!

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Fix “Google Calendar invitations cannot be forwarded via email” error messages

There are 2 steps to solving this issue:

1. Add your second, non-Gmail email as an alternate email address – Sign in to your Google Account with another email address

2. Setup Google Calendar to accept invitations from the alternate email address – How to respond to invitations forwarded from your alternate email address

Need a step by step guide with screenshots? Check out this article on TechRepublic – Add alternate email addresses for calendar scheduling

Best related posts plugins to replace nRelate

On 1 December 2014, nRelate announced that it would be switching off its related posts recommendation service. Their Related Posts plugin and service for WordPress was an extremely popular plugin because of its ease of use and many options. So now that they are shutting their doors, many WordPress site owners are looking around for a replacement. Here is what I am recommending to my WordPress tech support customers at ClickWP.

IMPORTANT: Choosing the wrong related posts plugin can severely slow your site down. This is because calculating the related-ness of posts is a resource intensive process. For sites with more than 200 posts, I recommend off-loading the computational work to an external service.

The best plugin to replace nRelate is… it depends.

tl;dr Summary

If you use Jetpack and don’t care about customization, use the Jetpack Related Posts module.

If you don’t want to signup for other accounts & services, Contextual Related Posts is a good option for sites with less than 200 posts. Another to consider is Related Posts for WordPress which claims to be able to handle a lot more posts.

If you don’t mind or need an external service to compute your related posts, Shareaholic and AddThis are the best options. One thing to note is that AddThis settings are controlled outside of WordPress, so you must signup for an AddThis account to use this option.

If you’re a publisher who’s willing to pay to increase your audience engagement with your content, Contextly seems very promising.

Want more options? Read this post by Followistic: The 10 Best Related Posts Plugins for WordPress

My thoughts on each of the above options: Read More »

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New ClickWP.com

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I finally launched the new ClickWP website, after almost a year of planning, designing, and 4 weeks of furious coding. Along with it is an all new branding by Reese Spykerman as well.

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Barack Obama visited Malaysia and made quite the impression.

Malaysia won’t succeed if the non-Muslims do not have the same opportunity

Source: The Malay Mail / Yahoo! News

I appreciate your support, Mr President!

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Aaron’s first selfie.

3.6kg & 50cm long, even bigger than his brother!