About This Website

As part of the City's ongoing commitment to improve the City website, staff enlisted a group of community volunteers to serve on a Website Advisory Committee with the goal of producing a set of recommendations to address concerns raised by citizens and enhance the overall website user-experience. The Website Advisory Committee, comprised of a select group of dedicated community volunteers, has met regularly during the past three years to help City staff with the creation of our present website.

Below you will find statistics about the performance of this site. The statistics are updated on a monthly basis for the prior month's activity. To the left are buttons to take you to information about the ongoing maintenance of this website, Ways to contact the City of Palo Alto about this website, and legal information.

Data For Month of January 2017

Quick Facts
Visits 217,068
Unique Visitors 112,884
Pageviews 460,698
Visits Per Day 7,002
Pages / Visit 2.12
Avg. Visit Duration 2:37 min
% New Visits 42%

The "Quick Facts" section provides "at a glance" information about this website.

Note: When somebody comes to this website, that constitutes a "visit". If the same person (from the same computer) visits again, that visit is counted again, but the "Unique Visitors" number does not increment, it counts two visits from the same computer in a certain period as one visit.

Top Pages
PageUnique Views
Creek Levels 53,928
Library 33,013
Home Page 22,460
Creek Monitor 13,763
Creek Camera 8,331
Site Search 8,089
My Account 7,962
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,714
OverAir City Wireless 4,708
Utilities 4,708
Flood Information/Winter Storms 4,577
Children's Theatre 3,685
Animal Services 3,443
Departments 3,427
Job Opportunities 2,690

With website metrics, a trend is generally more useful than any one snapshot in time. This information can be very useful in helping City Staff to determine what information visitors are looking for the most.

The Home Page of this site has a "Most Popular" corner, but it is a curated list, whereas these results are based on raw data.

Top Referring Keywords
city of palo alto
palo alto creek monitor
palo alto library
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city of palo alto library
palo alto art center
palo alto animal services
palo alto ca
palo alto treatment plant
bike to work day palo alto 2016
palo alto creek levels
palo alto california

When visitors come to the website as a result of a Google search, analytics captures the terms the visitor entered to find the site. This report helps City Staff determine visitor's interests in both the short (monthly) and long (annual) term.

New site content is one outcome of analysis of this report. Another outcome is the addition of keywords to commonly sought after pages to make them more easily found by a search.

Mobile Devices
Apple iPhone44,859
Apple iPad13,929
Unknown 1,401
Google Nexus 5X1,388
Google Nexus 6P796
Samsung SM-G900V668
Google Pixel645
Samsung SM-G920V626
Samsung SM-G930V528
Apple iPhone 6s484
Apple iPhone 6473
Samsung SM-G900P464
Microsoft Xbox One406
Samsung SM-N920V356
Samsung SM-G930P339

This month, mobile devices accounted for of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer10%
Android Webview2%

As of February 2015, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

Chrome, 49%
Internet Explorer, 19%
Firefox, 17%
Safari, 10%
Mobile, 33%

Last Updated: Feb 4, 2016