Get Organized: Simple Ways to Declutter Your Inbox


If you, like me, get tons of emails everyday then you understand how hard it can be to sort through them. You might read an email and forget to respond, then spend the next two days trying to find it in your inbox because you have received 200 emails since then. It is easy to get lost when your email isn’t organized. Many of the large email providers are trying to make it “easier” by pre sorting your email into categories. This usually means you are hunting through not 1 list, but 3 trying to figure out where you last saw the email you need.

Don’t let your emails get buried in your inbox anymore. Instead let No-IP help you get organized! We have come up with some easy ways to manage your mail to ensure your inbox is always at 0.

File, File, File
Think of your email as an online filing cabinet and organize it as such. Create a series of folders with categories that will encompass at least 80% of your current emails. This could range from work categories such as “vendors” and “payroll”, to your personal categories like “Amazon orders” and “school”.

First, figure out where the bulk of your emails come from to ensure you are creating the most effective categories. Once you have created your main categories you can create subfolders in each category if necessary. If you have a payroll folder, it might be helpful to break payroll down by department. If you have a folder for school related emails, you can break it down by class. Doing this will make finding emails down the road much easier.

Once you have created your folders, start putting your emails into their appropriate categories. (Yes, this might be time consuming, but well worth it.) If you find while sorting that you need another category, create another folder. You can have as many or as few folders as you think is necessary.

Think about creating folders in your email, like you would in your filing cabinet. You have your vendors sorted by company name, your bills sorted by category and your payroll sorted by department or pay period. If you get 1 or more emails a week that can fit into a category, create a folder.

Note: DO NOT file an email until you have performed an action on it. That could mean you wrote back to your professor or paid your gas bill. If you file it too early you could forget to perform the action. And that could effect your grade on that last term paper or your heat in your home.

Trash It
Once you have started filing your emails, you can decided which ones need to be deleted. Rule of thumb says if you haven’t touched the email in more than 30 days, it can go. Now that being said, you might want to keep certain older emails for record purposes, this could be a contract for a job, or an old school paper to keep on file. What you toss and what you keep is up to you.

If you have filed all your messages into their categories and your inbox still has emails, there is a good chance these need to be tossed. If they didn’t fit into a category they are more than likely advertisements or emails you get regularly from websites you follow or stores you shop at. Unless you want to keep every LivingSocial offer you have ever gotten, I suggest you move them to the trash.

Pro Tip: After the main email purge look into your folders every few months and delete any unwanted emails. This will keep the number of emails in each file down and easier to sort through.

Keep it Organized
Now that you have taken the time to clean up your inbox, keep it that way. Check your emails daily, file them appropriately and delete immediately anything you don’t want to keep. If you get emails sent to you regularly that you don’t need to view, or perform an action on, but you want to keep, set up a filter. This will allow you to choose emails by sender, subject line or recipient and have them sent to a specific folder. For example, if you auto pay all your utilities, you can have them sent directly to your bills folder. This way you can review the bills on your own timeline, while keeping your inbox clean. Learn how to set filters for Outlook, Gmail and Mac by clicking the links.

Be Accountable
The last and most important step to making sure you keep your inbox at 0, is to keep yourself accountable. Make a reminder every week, if not every day, to check your email. Then spend a little time responding to and filing any emails you haven’t reviewed. Setting aside 15 or 20 minutes one day a week will allow you the time to focus on the emails that may not have been as important and are still in your inbox. It can take only a few short days for your inbox to become seemingly unmanageable again, so make checking it a priority!

It can be hard to stay organized in the fast paced world we live in. And even if you can’t have organization in all aspects of your life, you can keep your inbox clean and manageable. So get to filing and remember to keep your No-IP emails safe and sorted! Last thing you want to do is miss your 30 day host confirmation email.

There’s An App for That! No-IP’s Favorite Mobile Apps


Did you know the No-IP team has a small obsession with technology? So it is no surprise that they use their phones for more than just calls and text messages.

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We Got Game! No-IP’s Favorite Video Games of 2014


This year at No-IP, we have played our fair share of foosball in the office. But outside of work it’s all about the video games! So we decided to find out what games were most loved by our staff of semi-professional foosball players.

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Top Level Domains | What TLDs are used for what?

Top Level Domains. What are they used for?

At No-IP, you can choose from a number of Top Level Domains when registering for a domain name. Many people however don’t know exactly which one to pick. So what are they and what are they used for?

.com – This TLD was designed specifically for commercial use. It quickly has become the most popular TLD available and most people try to register a .com domain first. .com is what most people will add to the back of a domain name when looking for a specific site as it is the most commonly used.

.net – This TLD was designed for network use. It was intended to be used by companies like Internet service providers. However, it was not regulated and became a general purpose domain space and the preferred alternative to .com.

.org – Originally this TLDS was created for organizations or non-profits. However, like .com and .net it was not regulated and is now used by many different types of websites including, Craigslist.

.biz – Introduced in 2001, .biz was created for business use. It was an attempt to lessen the demand for .com domains as well as help companies whose business name was already taken on the .com TLD.

.info – This unrestricted domain is intended for use by informative Internet websites. These sites should be non-commercial in use.

.tv – This domain, originally the country code for Tuvalu, is now used for media content. These domains are often created to feature original video content for companies. They cannot be transferred to a different registrar once registered.

.mobi – Introduced in 2005, this TLD is intended to be used by mobile devices to access sites via the mobile web.

.me – Originally delegated as the country code for Montenegro, the .me TLD is now used for a wider range of websites. Currently .me is widely used for personally sites like blogs or family sites.

.co – Like .me, and .tv, .co is used as both the country code for Columbia and for other purposes. .co is a business alternative to .com and .biz and used widely amongst major corporations. Many such as Amazon and Google have registered single letter .co domains including ( Amazon) and ( Google).

Country Codes (.us, .de, .uk) – These codes are usually restricted for use by the country’s citizens or businesses that have a presence in that country. Certain companies may cross over and have websites with many different country codes. Ebay is a good example of this as they do business worldwide.

Want to see if the domain you want is available? Just click here and enter your domain name to find out!

10 Gift Ideas for the Tech Geek in Your Family – Holiday Buying Guide


Trying to find the perfect gift for the techie in your life but have no idea what they want? Let No-IP help! We have come up with a list of gifts guaranteed to impress. Check them out below.

1. UDI U818A Drone 

It might not deliver mail to your door but, for less than $70, the UDI U818A provides a great introduction to drones. Built-in stabilizers make it harder to wreck, and a modular design makes it easy to replace damaged parts. A camera records both your successful and ill-fated trips to an SD card for later viewing and posting. The batteries last for only 6 to 9 minutes of flight, but they’re removable, so you can swap in freshly charged cells to keep flying. MSRP $62.99

2. Sony Playstation 4

Who doesn’t love a new gaming system? With its sleeker look and 1080p resolution the PS4 is the game console of the season. It comes with a rechargeable dual shock controller and gives you access to Playstation Plus. This new system is being sold in two bundle options. The first option comes with a black console and your choice of 1 of 4 game options including, Destiny, Far Cry 4, NBA 2K15 and Little Big Planet 3. MSRP $399.99. The second bundle features a glacier white console and the game Destiny. MSRP $449.99

3. Virtual Keyboard 

The virtual keyboard projects a bluetooth keyboard onto any flat surface. You can use it with for your smart phone or your tablet to make typing that much easier. The projector comes with a rechargeable battery and works with Apple and Android powered devices. It is small and can be clipped onto your keys for easy access. At only $100 it is cheaper than most bluetooth keyboards on the market and easier to take with you. MSRP $100

4. Tile

At some point in your life you have lost something, your keys, the remote, your mind. And then spent countless minutes flipping over couch cushions, rummaging through your pockets and looking under furniture trying to find what you lost. Now there is an easier and less time consuming way to find your missing items. Tile, uses small white square tethers to connect your stuff to your phone. Attach one to your keys and when they are lost Tile casts a bluetooth signal 100 feet in range.  If your lost item is in range it will play a melody until you find it. Better yet, it uses GPS to record the last place your phone saw your tile. Your phone can pair with 8 tiles so you can put them anywhere. MSRP $70 for 4 tiles

5. Narrative Clip

You can capture all of life’s most special moments with the Narrative Clip. This wearable camera clips onto clothes and weights less than an ounce. Simply double tap the 5 megapixel camera to start it and every 30 seconds it will automatically take a photo. When you are done set it face down to make it sleep. With a 4000 photo storage capacity and a two day battery life it is easy to relive your favorite moments! MSRP $229 

6. Motorola – Moto 360 Smart Watch for Android Devices 4.3 or Higher 

This smart watch looks like a watch but functions like a high tech gadget. This Android Wear watch is powered by Google and acts as a second screen for you device. It can display your incoming calls, texts and emails. It will also show your Google Now cards to keep you up to date on news, give you the latest weather reports and track your steps. With a light sensor that will adjust the screen brightness to your environment and decent battery life it’s an overall good smart watch. MSRP $249.99

7. Roku 3 Streaming Media Player

The Roku 3 has the best selection of streaming content of all its competitors. It offers the standards such as Hulu and Netflix along with extras likes HBO GO, Pandora and Amazon Instant. In addition to its video streaming services users also have access to games like Angry Birds and has an extensive collection of videos for rent and purchase. Its remote is also more enhanced than its competitors and features built in motion control and a headphone jack for gaming. It also has a superior search feature allowing you to search for videos by title, director and actor. MSRP $99.99

8. HUE

Smart lighting at its finest! Philips Hue lighting is personalized wireless lighting for your house! You can create and control the lights from your smart phone or tablet. You can choose from every color in the spectrum and make them dim, pulse or flash. The best part is they screw straight into your current light fittings. The lights operate using a bridge to connect them to your smartphone. By linking it to your wifi you can connect up to 50 bulbs at a time. The bridge lets you control your lights remotely and link them to the web. The Hue starter kit include three bulbs and the bridge. MSRP $200

9. NVIDIDA Shield Tablet

There are tablets and then there is the Shield. This tablet features a full-HD 8 inch screen and Tegra K1 processor to give you the best tablet gaming experience ever. It supports games like Half-Life 2, Portal and Trine 2 and when you add the control it becomes its own console that can be connected to your TV. Gamers can also stream some of the best game titles right on the tablet. It comes with 16GB of storage, front facing speakers and a built-in microphone. MSRP $300

10. SMS Audio Street by 50 Headphones – Star Wars Edition 

These headphones would make Yoda proud! The SMS Audio street headphones feature professional tuned 40 mm custom drivers, giving you studio quality sound. The shatter proof adjustable headband and leather ear pads make them comfortable and down to take a beating. Created by 50 Cent these headphone rival those from another rapper. The Star Wars edition comes in 4 different versions including, Rebel Alliance, Darth Vadar Galactic Empire, Boba Fett and Storm Trooper. Choose a side and may the force be with you. MSRP $200