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 December 2014

Quick Facts
Visits 215,154
Unique Visitors 125,915
Pageviews 481,346
Visits Per Day 6,940
Pages / Visit 2.24
Avg. Visit Duration 3:3 min
% New Visits 47%

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 47,441
Home Page 40,328
Library 24,292
Creek Monitor 17,499
Site Search 7,990
Creek Camera 6,296
My Account 6,194
Branches 5,205
Mitchell Park 4,997
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,992
Departments 4,331
Utilities 4,294
Flood Information/Winter Storms 3,517
Animal Services 3,414
OverAir City Wireless 3,163

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 creek monitor
city of palo alto
palo alto library
palo alto
creek monitor palo alto
city of palo alto utilities
palo alto animal services
mitchell park library
palo alto utilities
palo alto ca
palo alto police department
palo alto art center
city of palo alto library
palo alto children's theater

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 iPhone35,112
Apple iPad15,836
Unknown 2,281
Google Nexus 51,052
Samsung SM-G900V869
Google Nexus 7550
Samsung SM-G900A512
Samsung SCH-I337426
Samsung SCH-I545426
Motorola XT1060420
Samsung SCH i545415
Google Nexus 4350
Apple iPod313
Samsung SCH-I535313
Samsung SM-G900P255

This month, mobile devices accounted for of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer21%
Safari (in-app)1%

As of April 2013, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

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

Last Updated: Apr 16, 2014