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 August 2014

Quick Facts
Visits 156,969
Unique Visitors 105,595
Pageviews 360,522
Visits Per Day 5,064
Pages / Visit 2.30
Avg. Visit Duration 2:0 min
% New Visits 53%

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
Home Page 26,987
Library 22,707
Site Search 8,734
Aquatics 7,768
My Account 6,840
Junior Museum & Zoo 6,612
Departments 5,146
Utilities 4,510
Branches 4,207
Enjoy 3,896
OverAir City Wireless 3,059
Foothills Park 2,923
Animal Services 2,834
Police 2,407
Current Solicitations 2,405

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
palo alto library
palo alto
city of palo alto
rinconada pool
rinconada pool palo alto
palo alto ca
palo alto california
city of palo alto utilities
palo alto police department
city of palo alto library
palo alto animal services
palo alto junior museum
palo alto art center
palo alto city library
palo alto junior museum and zoo

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 iPhone23,101
Apple iPad12,344
Unknown 1,953
LG Nexus 5966
Samsung SM-G900V589
Google Nexus 4421
Samsung SCH-I535387
Google Nexus 7332
Samsung SCH-I545289
Samsung SCH i545254
Motorola XT1060244
Samsung SCH-I337235
Samsung SM-G900A215
Samsung SPH-L710214
Samsung SGH-I337209

This month, mobile devices accounted for of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer20%
Android Browser2%

As of April 2013, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

Chrome, 39%
Internet Explorer 30%
Firefox 20%
Safari 8%

Last Updated: Apr 16, 2014