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 April 2015

Quick Facts
Visits 164,405
Unique Visitors 107,371
Pageviews 367,122
Visits Per Day 5,480
Pages / Visit 2.23
Avg. Visit Duration 2:5 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 28,271
Home Page 24,654
Site Search 9,074
My Account 7,426
Junior Museum & Zoo 5,602
Departments 4,732
Utilities 4,437
Branches 4,010
OverAir City Wireless 3,844
Mitchell Park 2,929
Aquatics 2,897
Animal Services 2,556
Children's Theatre 2,450
Foothills Park 2,423
Police 2,304

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
palo alto ca
palo alto police department
magical bridge playground
palo alto utilities
city of palo alto utilities
city of palo alto library
palo alto city library
palo alto animal services
palo alto art center
palo alto california
mitchell park library
palo alto police

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 iPhone23,904
Apple iPad9,823
Unknown 1,882
Samsung SM-G900V920
Google Nexus 5736
Samsung SM-G900A512
Samsung SM-G900P498
Samsung SCH-I545300
Samsung SCH-I337299
Samsung SCH i545254
Samsung SCH-I535234
Google Nexus 7226
Samsung SGH-M919221
Google Nexus 6203
Samsung SM-G870A197

This month, mobile devices accounted for 23% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer19%
Safari (in-app)1%

As of August 2014, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

Chrome, 46%
Internet Explorer, 20%
Firefox, 18%
Safari, 11%

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015