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 March 2017

Quick Facts
Visits 172,542
Unique Visitors 107,496
Pageviews 354,786
Visits Per Day 5,566
Pages / Visit 2.06
Avg. Visit Duration 1:55 min
% New Visits 49%

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 33,859
Home Page 22,541
Site Search 8,672
My Account 8,120
OverAir City Wireless 5,237
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,877
Utilities 4,560
Creek Levels 4,083
Departments 3,770
Job Opportunities 3,503
Fire 3,315
Summer Camps 3,089
Animal Services 3,019
Enjoy 2,907
Children's Theatre 2,712

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
palo alto library
palo alto ca
page http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/news/displaynews.asp?newsid=212
palo alto animal services
palo alto art center
palo alto california
palo alto creek monitor
city of palo alto planning green building
creek levels palo alto
palo alto animal shelter
palo alto fire department
palo alto police department

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 iPhone29,718
Apple iPad7,007
Google Nexus 5X793
Unknown 680
Google Pixel563
Samsung SM-G920V499
Google Nexus 6P459
Samsung SM-G930V422
Microsoft Xbox One418
Samsung SM-G900V380
Samsung SM-N920V371
Samsung SM-G900P304
Motorola XT1254266
Samsung SM-G900A255
Google Pixel XL226

This month, mobile devices accounted for 26% 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