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 2017

Quick Facts
Visits 166,531
Unique Visitors 106,535
Pageviews 342,549
Visits Per Day 5,372
Pages / Visit 2.06
Avg. Visit Duration 1:55 min
% New Visits 51%

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 33,793
Home Page 21,438
Site Search 8,247
My Account 8,237
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,834
Aquatics 4,600
Utilities 4,358
OverAir City Wireless 4,334
Animal Services 4,005
Animal Adoption 3,513
Total Solar Eclipse Party 3,499
Departments 3,390
Enjoy 3,075
Foothills Park 2,736
Pay Parking Citations On-Line 2,654

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 library
city of palo alto
palo alto
kfc palo alto
palo alto enjoy summer camp 2017
city of palo alto heat pump water heater
palo alto art center
palo alto animal shelter
palo alto california
palo alto library catalog
palo alto police
palo alto public library
palo alto police department
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 iPhone31,165
Apple iPad6,898
Google Pixel961
Google Nexus 5X798
Unknown 749
Microsoft Windows RT Tablet637
Google Pixel XL498
Google Nexus 6P438
Samsung SM-G900P415
Samsung SM-G930V309
Samsung SM-G955U272
Samsung SM-G950F262
Motorola XT1254222
OnePlus RAIN A3000222
Samsung SM-G920V209

This month, mobile devices accounted for 28% 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