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 2016

Quick Facts
Visits 172,239
Unique Visitors 106,599
Pageviews 371,753
Visits Per Day 5,556
Pages / Visit 2.16
Avg. Visit Duration 2:4 min
% New Visits 48%

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 32,765
Home Page 22,448
Creek Levels 14,971
Site Search 8,611
My Account 8,331
Junior Museum & Zoo 5,352
Creek Monitor 4,820
Utilities 4,261
OverAir City Wireless 4,073
Children's Theatre 3,969
Departments 3,918
Animal Services 3,283
Branches 3,043
Enjoy 2,699
News Details 2,623

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
palo alto
palo alto creek monitor
palo alto library catalog
palo alto ca
palo alto california
city of palo alto library
palo alto animal services
palo alto municipal code
palo alto utilities
city of palo alto utilities

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 iPhone26,358
Apple iPad9,953
Unknown 1,385
Samsung SM-G900V737
Google Nexus 5X661
Samsung SM-G900P483
Samsung SM-G920V479
Google Nexus 5476
Google Nexus 6408
Samsung SM-G900A349
Samsung SCH i545330
Microsoft Windows RT Tablet321
Huawei Nexus 6P267
Kyocera C6530N243
Google Nexus 7242

This month, mobile devices accounted for 24% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer16%
Safari (in-app)1%

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