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 August 2020

Quick Facts
Visits 143,200
Unique Visitors 95,727
Pageviews 507,607
Visits Per Day 4,619
Pages / Visit 3.54
Avg. Visit Duration 1:40 min
% New Visits 58%
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
News Details21,753
Foothills Park5,878
Pearson-Arastradero Preserve5,381
Ready, Set, Go! | Palo Alto4,222
Utilities Outages4,100
Site Search2,793
Police Report Log2,046
Building Permits1,936
DS Online Permitting Services1,920

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 municipal code
alo alto parcel reports
foothills park
palo alto
city of palo alto utilities
city of palo alto purchasing deparmtnet
plnetbids palo alto
palo alto parks and recreation commission
city of palo alto building department
colorado substation in palo alto ca

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 iPhone39,751
Apple iPad2,549
Google Pixel 3894
Microsoft Windows RT Tablet643
Google Pixel 2553
Google Pixel 3 XL413
Google Pixel 3a410
Samsung SM-G960U395
Unknown 374
Samsung SM-G950U371
Google Pixel 4356
Google Pixel 4 XL339
Samsung SM-G965U257
Samsung SM-G973U257
LG LM-X220244

This month, mobile devices accounted for 37% of website visits.

Mobile devices users are an increasingly important website visitor segment.

Internet Explorer4%

As of May 2018, Wikipedia ranks global browser popularity:

Chrome, 58%

Safari, 14%
Firefox, 5%
IE, 3%

Edge, 2%