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 February 2017

Quick Facts
Visits 209,048
Unique Visitors 109,831
Pageviews 454,550
Visits Per Day 7,466
Pages / Visit 2.17
Avg. Visit Duration 2:52 min
% New Visits 41%

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 52,189
Library 31,109
Home Page 20,924
Creek Monitor 18,167
Creek Camera 12,114
Site Search 7,558
My Account 7,310
OverAir City Wireless 4,977
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,882
Utilities 4,675
Flood Information/Winter Storms 3,848
Children's Theatre 3,351
Departments 3,289
Animal Services 3,020
Animal Adoption 2,426

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 creek monitor
palo alto library
palo alto
palo alto creek levels
palo alto art center
creek levels palo alto
palo alto utilities
san francisquito creek
city of palo alto utilities
palo alto animal services
palo alto ca

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 iPhone43,428
Apple iPad12,465
Unknown 1,274
Google Nexus 5X1,173
Google Nexus 6P755
Google Pixel692
Samsung SM-G900V655
Samsung SM-G920V543
Samsung SM-G930V517
Microsoft Xbox One422
Samsung SM-G900P418
Samsung SM-N920V386
Samsung SM-G900A324
Google Pixel XL322
Samsung SM-G930P315

This month, mobile devices accounted for 30% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer10%
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