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 2016

Quick Facts
Visits 169,254
Unique Visitors 110,307
Pageviews 360,004
Visits Per Day 5,642
Pages / Visit 2.13
Avg. Visit Duration 2:2 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
Library 33,968
Home Page 22,830
Aquatics 10,305
Site Search 9,225
My Account 8,099
OverAir City Wireless 5,104
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,546
Utilities 4,241
Departments 3,844
Children's Theatre 2,762
Animal Services 2,710
Foothills Park 2,525
Palo Alto Art Center 2,409
Police 2,408
Pay Parking Citations On-Line 2,344

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
city of palo alto utilities
palo alto california
eu cookie law eu-cookie-law.info
palo alto ca
palo alto utilities
house robberies in palo alto
rinconada pool
palo alto police department
city of palo alto planning forms
palo alto art center
cubberley events

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 iPhone30,207
Apple iPad7,901
Google Nexus 5X1,125
Unknown 794
Samsung SM-G900V664
Samsung SM-G920V557
Samsung SM-G900A380
Samsung SM-G900P347
Google Nexus 5317
Google Nexus 6P307
Samsung SM-G920A298
Google Nexus 6294
Samsung SM-G900T260
Motorola XT1254246
Microsoft Xbox One234

This month, mobile devices accounted for 27% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer15%
Safari (in-app)1%

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