Cookies… what are they? Tiny files that sites put on your computer for various reasons, like remembering your preferences. But how do you make sure your WordPress site is set up to use these little guys? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Step 1: Choose a Cookie Consent Plugin
Before we get started, we need to talk about legal obligations. The GDPR and ePrivacy Directive require website owners to get user consent before using cookies. So, let’s make it easy on ourselves by using a cookie consent plugin. We recommend “Cookie Consent.”
Step 2: Install and Activate the Cookie Consent Plugin
Head over to your WordPress dashboard and click on “Add New” under “Plugins.” Search for “Cookie Consent,” install, and activate. The “Cookie Consent” option will appear in your dashboard.
Step 3: Customize Your Cookie Banner
Make your cookie banner match your site’s aesthetic. Choose colors, font, and even add your logo to the banner. Then, click “Save Changes.”
Step 4: Choose a Consent Type
You have two consent options: implied or explicit. Implied means users are assumed to agree to cookies by using your site. With explicit consent, users have to opt-in. Choose the one that works best for you.
Step 5: Enable Cookie Blocking
If users haven’t given explicit consent, you can block cookies from collecting user data. Just choose “Enable Blocking” under “Blocking.”
Step 6: Customize Cookie Categories
Group your cookies and explain their purpose to your users. “Cookie Consent” lets you easily customize categories and provide descriptions. Explore under “Categories.”
This is important. Have a policy that explains the types of cookies you use, their purpose, and how users can manage their settings. Use “Cookie Consent” to generate and customize a policy page.
Step 8: Test Your Cookies
Make sure your set up works correctly. Test across different devices to ensure your banner looks right, and that users can manage their settings. Most importantly, make sure everything complies with GDPR and ePrivacy regulations.