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 April 2017

Quick Facts
Visits 155,051
Unique Visitors 99,964
Pageviews 312,790
Visits Per Day 5,168
Pages / Visit 2.02
Avg. Visit Duration 1:53 min
% New Visits 51%

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
Library 30,827
Home Page 20,504
Site Search 7,712
My Account 7,482
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,829
OverAir City Wireless 4,468
Utilities 3,660
Great Race for Saving Water and Earth Day Festival 3,646
Departments 3,395
Aquatics 2,879
Animal Adoption 2,775
Animal Services 2,697
Foothills Park 2,388
Creek Levels 2,330
Fire 2,310

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 library
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palo alto summer concert series
palo alto utilities
palo alto fire department
palo alto art center
palo alto california
palo alto municipal code
creek levels palo alto
palo alto animal services
palo alto ca
rinconada pool
palo alto fire

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 iPhone27,377
Apple iPad6,164
Unknown 867
Google Nexus 5X717
Google Pixel637
Google Nexus 6P445
Samsung SM-G920V356
Microsoft Xbox One354
Samsung SM-G900V313
Samsung SM-G930V270
Samsung SM-N920V270
ZTE Z981265
Samsung SM-G900A252
Google Pixel XL249
Samsung SM-G900P220

This month, mobile devices accounted for 27% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer12%
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