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 June 2017

Quick Facts
Visits 162,579
Unique Visitors 103,626
Pageviews 335,685
Visits Per Day 5,419
Pages / Visit 2.06
Avg. Visit Duration 1:56 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 33,287
Home Page 20,725
Aquatics 8,517
Site Search 8,214
My Account 7,759
OverAir City Wireless 4,365
Utilities 4,109
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,016
Departments 3,384
Animal Services 2,836
Foothills Park 2,697
Children's Theatre 2,554
Animal Adoption 2,448
Palo Alto Art Center 2,157
Mitchell Park 2,117

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 art center
palo alto animal services
palo alto parcel report
palo alto municipal code
palo alto enjoy summer camp 2017
palo alto police department
palo alto utilities
city of palo alto utilities
palo alto ca
palo alto california
city of palo alto jobs
city of palo alto mua rfp

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 iPhone32,118
Apple iPad6,314
Unknown 853
Google Nexus 5X826
Google Pixel784
Google Nexus 6P507
Microsoft Xbox One399
Google Pixel XL365
Samsung SM-G900P355
Samsung SM-G930V288
Motorola XT1254282
Samsung SM-G920V275
Samsung SM-G900V274
Motorola Moto G (4)255
Samsung SM-G900A233

This month, mobile devices accounted for 29% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer11%
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