At CommonPlaces, we’re dedicated to partnering with our customers to provide them with helpful information and insight into industry standards and best practices. We stay up to date ourselves, through ongoing learning and training in the web development and marketing communities, and are dedicated to sharing that knowledge with our clients and blog subscribers. And this year, you’ve shown us that our efforts are paying off.

Throughout 2017, the CommonPlaces blog received a lot of traffic. And we mean a lot. First time visitors, intermittent guests, and long-term subscribers visited our blog over 180,000 times (unique pageviews), to stay up to date on website development issues, technology trends and marketing practices. Admittedly, we’ve been blogging for quite a while and have created a deep library of material. Still, high volume traffic like ours is validation of what we recommend to our own customers as a marketing best practice – blogging. It is an effective way to increase website traffic to an audience who is interested in what you have to say.

So what did our readers think were the most interesting topics? Here’s the list of the top 5 most popular blog posts of the year. Topics are listed in order of popularity with number one being the most widely read article since January.

  1. 6 Common Website Security Vulnerabilities June 19, 2017

Even the most experienced IT chief and web security expert must stay vigilant and guard against the bad guys. No one is safe without knowing what to look out for. Here are six of the most common security vulnerabilities you must protect yourself against...

2. What Makes a Great Website? 6 Web Design Trends for 2017 March 28, 2017

Web design trends are ever-changing, evolving and adapting to the latest user behaviors. Each year, marketers learn a little bit more about how to design remarkable, highly functional websites that service different types of businesses and organizations...

3. The Importance of Designing for Mobile First  Feb 1, 2017

Are you a startup looking to build a new website to be the digital face of your company? Or, are you an established business looking for a simple website refresh? No matter where you are in the web development process, if you are looking to develop a website, new or old, you should take the time to understand the importance of mobile first design...

4. Show Me the Cache! Server Cache vs Browser Cache June 7, 2017

If you’ve ever been part of a web development or web design project, odds are you are quite familiar with the question, “Have you cleared your cache?” Often times when changes are made on a website, they don’t always show up due to the page being “cached”. Let’s dig a little deeper into what a cache is, the different types, as well as how you can ensure that you’re seeing the freshest content the web page has to offer...

5. The Future of Artificial Intelligence and Chatbots in Business April 26, 2017

By 2020, Gartner estimates that “consumers will manage 85% of their relationships with enterprises without ever interacting with a human.” So, the question becomes, who will they interact with? The answer is simple - some type of artificial intelligence (AI). While no one knows for sure how this will impact different businesses, industries, and the economy overall, that certainly hasn’t stopped businesses from jumping on the train. According to Narrative Science, 62% of organizations will adopt AI by 2018...

We’re grateful to everyone who stopped by to read a post or two and hope you’ll continue to b a regular reader. So what are you waiting for? Go catch up on some year end reading, and share your thoughts about our posts in a comment or on social media.

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