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 2016

Quick Facts
Visits 163,285
Unique Visitors 105,288
Pageviews 346,220
Visits Per Day 5,267
Pages / Visit 2.12
Avg. Visit Duration 2:1 min
% New Visits 52%

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 34,717
Home Page 21,075
Site Search 8,801
My Account 8,303
Aquatics 6,345
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,969
OverAir City Wireless 4,540
Utilities 4,252
Departments 4,037
Enjoy 3,058
Foothills Park 2,659
Animal Services 2,514
Palo Alto Art Center 2,398
Pay Parking Citations On-Line 2,271
Branches 2,256

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 art center
palo alto ca
palo alto california
palo alto animal services
city of palo alto utilities
city of palo alto library
palo alto police department
city of palo alto gas leak survey
palo alto utilities
palo alto library catalog
city of palo alto false alarm ordinance
rinconada pool

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 iPhone26,637
Apple iPad7,266
Google Nexus 5X1,070
Unknown 758
Samsung SM-G920V492
Samsung SM-G900V391
Google Nexus 6P375
Samsung SM-G900A375
Google Nexus 5339
Microsoft Xbox One323
Samsung SM-G900P318
Google Nexus 6294
Motorola XT1254291
Samsung SM-G930V238
Samsung SM-G920A225

This month, mobile devices accounted for 26% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer15%

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