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 2016

Quick Facts
Visits 154,185
Unique Visitors 100,883
Pageviews 329,204
Visits Per Day 5,140
Pages / Visit 2.14
Avg. Visit Duration 2:1 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 31,192
Home Page 21,411
Site Search 8,404
My Account 7,950
Junior Museum & Zoo 4,992
OverAir City Wireless 4,287
Departments 4,004
Utilities 3,799
Aquatics 2,916
Children's Theatre 2,451
Branches 2,321
Animal Services 2,214
Police 2,171
Palo Alto Art Center 2,131
Foothills Park 2,115

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 ca
palo alto california
palo alto police department
palo alto utilities
palo alto city
palo alto art center
baylands athletic center
palo alto animal services
mitchell park library
palo alto library catalog

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 iPhone23,612
Apple iPad7,165
Unknown 738
Google Nexus 5X715
Samsung SM-G900V651
Samsung SM-G920V469
Samsung SM-G900P404
Samsung SM-G900A350
Google Nexus 6P323
Google Nexus 5289
Google Nexus 6287
Samsung SM-G870A238
Samsung SCH i545217
Motorola XT1254213
Samsung SM-N920V203

This month, mobile devices accounted for 24% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer16%
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