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 March 2014

Quick Facts
Visits 145,457
Unique Visitors 98,597
Pageviews 364,048
Visits Per Day 4,692
Pages / Visit 2.50
Avg. Visit Duration 2:18 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 26,397
Library 20,471
Site Search 9,170
My Account 6,667
Departments 5,556
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,919
Utilities 4,443
Enjoy 3,864
Branches 3,733
Police 2,776
Creek Levels 2,631
Page Not Found 2,383
Animal Services 2,374
People Strategy & Operations 2,353
Palo Alto Art Center 2,276

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 california
palo alto
palo alto creek monitor
palo alto police department
city of palo alto library
palo alto animal services
city of palo alto utilities
palo alto utilities
palo alto public library
palo alto city 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 iPhone17,012
Apple iPad10,454
Unknown 651
Samsung GT-I9300603
LG Nexus 5440
Samsung GT-I9500348
Google Nexus 7270
Google Nexus 4257
Samsung SPH-L710249
Samsung SGH-I337240
Apple iPod234
HTC M7214
Samsung SCH-I545168
Samsung SGH-T999144
LG MS770138

This month, mobile devices accounted for 17% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer23%
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