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 July 2014

Quick Facts
Visits 165,547
Unique Visitors 111,003
Pageviews 382,208
Visits Per Day 5,340
Pages / Visit 2.31
Avg. Visit Duration 2:4 min
% New Visits 53%

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
Home Page 27,073
Library 22,890
Aquatics 10,708
Site Search 9,335
My Account 6,849
Junior Museum & Zoo 6,258
Departments 5,387
Utilities 4,932
Branches 4,516
Chili Cook-off 4,353
OverAir City Wireless 3,372
Foothills Park 3,035
"Paws to Read" This Summer! 2,802
Current Solicitations 2,758
Animal Services 2,695

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
palo alto
city of palo alto
rinconada pool
rinconada pool palo alto
palo alto ca
city of palo alto utilities
palo alto animal services
palo alto california
city of palo alto library
palo alto
palo alto police department
palo alto zoo
palo alto art center
palo alto children's theater

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 iPhone25,015
Apple iPad12,892
Unknown 1,808
LG Nexus 5968
Samsung SCH-I535524
Google Nexus 4454
Samsung SM-G900V447
Google Nexus 7339
Samsung SCH i545301
Samsung SCH-I545260
Samsung SCH-I337255
Samsung SM-G900A251
Samsung SPH-L710248
Samsung SGH-I337231
Apple iPod229

This month, mobile devices accounted for of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer20%
Android Browser2%

As of April 2013, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

Chrome, 39%
Internet Explorer 30%
Firefox 20%
Safari 8%

Last Updated: Apr 16, 2014