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 2015

Quick Facts
Visits 182,099
Unique Visitors 117,842
Pageviews 402,106
Visits Per Day 6,070
Pages / Visit 2.21
Avg. Visit Duration 2:4 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 32,601
Home Page 25,685
Aquatics 11,363
Site Search 9,619
My Account 8,298
Junior Museum & Zoo 5,927
Departments 4,697
Utilities 4,439
Branches 4,397
OverAir City Wireless 3,907
Mitchell Park 3,218
Children's Theatre 3,153
Animal Services 3,060
Foothills Park 2,835
Water & Drought Update - Palo Alto Water Use Guidelines 2,820

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
rinconada pool
palo alto ca
palo alto art center
palo alto california
city of palo alto library
palo alto police department
palo alto utilities
palo alto animal services
city of palo alto utilities
mitchell park library
palo alto library hours

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 iPhone29,125
Apple iPad11,355
Unknown 2,452
Samsung SM-G900V1,017
Google Nexus 5744
Samsung SM-G900A701
Samsung SM-G900P465
Samsung SCH-I337350
Google Nexus 6290
Microsoft Windows RT Tablet244
Google Nexus 7242
Samsung SCH i545224
Samsung SCH-I535224
Samsung SM-N910V218
Samsung SM-G870A209

This month, mobile devices accounted for 25% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer18%
Safari (in-app)2%

As of August 2014, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

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

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015