There was a lot more growth to (ahem… I mean in 2019. It’s been a couple years since I wrote up a “year in review” post, so I thought I’d do it again this year. Here’s a short summary of the top 25 posts on, in addition to other interesting growth statistics of the site in 2019.

Top Articles of 2019

The website has continues to grow throughout 2019. The website now has a total of 595 posts between all the articles and weekly newsletter posts.

Here are the top 25 posts that received the most traffic on the website in 2019:

  1. Microsoft Azure Icon Set Download – Visio Stencil, PowerPoint, PNG, SVG
  2. Raspberry Pi 4 vs NVidia Jetson Nano Developer Kit
  3. Azure Bastion: VM RDP & SSH Access within Azure Portal
  4. Top 3 Features in C# 8 that will change the way you write code
  5. Free Azure Certification Exam Self Assessment Tools
  6. Goodbye, Microsoft Professional Program is Retiring
  7. Microsoft Azure Certification List
  8. AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Exam
  9. End-to-end CI/CD Automation using Azure DevOps Unified Yaml-defined Pipelines
  10. Properly Shutdown Azure VM to Save Money
  11. Do Microsoft Certifications Expire?
  12. Microsoft Certification Roadmap for Role-based Paths
  13. Azure Portal app for Windows in Preview
  14. Microsoft Virtual Academy is being Retired Jan. 31, 2019
  15. Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?
  16. Cloud Design Patterns Infographic
  17. How to Setup an Ubuntu Linux VM in Azure with Remote Desktop (RDP) Access
  18. Securing Azure Virtual Machines using Network Security Groups (NSGs)
  19. Microsoft Cloud Workshops: Free Microsoft Azure Hands-on Labs
  20. Azure Functions: Extend Execution Timeout Past 5 Minutes
  21. Microsoft Exams Scheduled to Retire in Early 2019
  22. Free Website Hosting in Microsoft Azure
  23. Visual Studio Online Web-based IDE Private Preview
  24. AZ-203 Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure Certification Exam
  25. Azure Icon Update Coming (New Icon Images)

2019 Traffic Statistics (formerly has continued to grow throughout 2019. The site saw a traffic growth of 29.53% in 2019 over the year before; with a total page view count of 1,093,542 in the year 2019.

Year Pageviews Traffic Growth %
2019 1,093,542 +29.53%
2018 843,460 +27.4%
2017 661,889 +159%
2016 255,154 +1,552%
2015 15,442 Site launched June 2015

Adding up all the page views that (formerly has received since the site was launched in June 2015 comes to a total of 2,869,487 page views!

Annual Article Statistics

Every year, every month, and every week that goes by means more articles, weekly newsletters, and overall content growth of the (formerly website. In 2019, we published 118 new articles with a total of 170,669 words written.

Year Total Articles Total Words
2019 118 170,669
2018 102 141,299
2017 168 158,285
2016 180 104,644
2015 27 11,936

As can be seen, 2019 saw a an increase of articles published over 2018, and an increase in the total words written too. The year 2017 and 2016 saw a higher number of articles published in those years, compared to 2019, however, there were a larger number of words written in 2019 overall than each of those years. The reason for this change is that there has been an emphasis on writing longer, more impactful articles for the site when possible. This is a trend we hope to continue. Timeline

To close out this summary of statistics for, let’s take a look at this brief timeline of the most notable events for

Date Event
December 31, 2019 Build5Nines Weekly newsletter reached 10,000 email subscribers!
November 2019 Website reached over 1 Million page views within a single year
November 2019 Chris Pietschmann and Dan Patrick create Microsoft Certification Exam Self-Assessment open source project
October 2019 is rebranded to and "Build Azure Weekly" newsletter renamed to "Build5Nines Weekly"
August 2019 First book "The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification" written by Chris Pietschmann is published
April 2019 ranked #1 Microsoft Azure blog to follow in 2019 by Feedspot
July 2018 The 8th YouTube video is published to channel
May 2018 Author list grows beyond just Chris Pietschmann, to include additional content authors
February 2018 Website reached over 1 Million page views total
June 2017 New logo was designed, going away form the original "/a" logo.
May 2016 Build Azure Weekly email newsletter is started
February 2016 YouTube channel is created
June 2015 is launched by Chris Pietschmann

Happy new year! Cheers to what 2020 will bring!

Microsoft MVP

Chris is the Founder of and a Microsoft MVP in Azure & IoT with 20 years of experience designing and building Cloud & Enterprise systems. He is also a Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect, developer, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and Cloud Advocate. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.