With the high rate of hacking and data breaches, people want to protect their online privacy more than anything else and want to browse safe online. The result, the European Union made a specific law to protect user privacy.
You don’t know but you might actually be breaking these laws without knowing.
If you are managing WordPress website or a blog, There are high chances that you’re using cookies and collect user sensitive user data to deliver the best user experience on your website.
And, if you’re not showing a cookie consent notification on your website to your visitors, then this law applied to you and you can be fined and face some serious trouble.
Don’t worry. You can set up a cookie consent notification in your WordPress website very easily.
In this post, I will help you to set up cookie consent notification. But first, let’s learn a little bit about the cookie law and why you need to show cookie consent notifications on your website.
What Is A Cookie Consent?
An HTTP cookie or a browser cookie is a type of file that websites and blogs use to collect and remember user data. This file stored in your browsers so that the websites remembers who you are.
For example, when you log in to Facebook or Google, these sites add a cookie in your browsers you are using to remember your email and password so next time you can instantly and easily login to the site.
Even though these type of cookies looks safe harmless, but you’re still collecting data from the visitors of your website without telling them.
This is why the cookie consent was introduced to notify your visitors either accept your we can collect your data else leave the website.
Here’s what a cookie consent should look like, according to the European Union.
The EU Cookie Law
This is good practice to show a cookie notification which builds trust and loyalty between your blog and website visitors and readers. However, now this is important and must by law, especially if you are getting visitors to your website from Europe and the US.
The European Union introduced the EU legislation on cookies. This “requires prior informed consent for storage or for access to information stored on a user’s terminal equipment” – The ePrivacy directive – Article 5(3)
As you can imagine, how important is showing a cookie consent notification in your website and is more than just about abiding the law also an important part of making your website or blog trustworthy and safe place for your visitors and readers.
How To Write A Cookie Consent Message
Here’s a simple example message you can customize and use on your WordPress blog when showing a cookie consent notification.
How To Setup A Cookie Consent Notification
Well, Thanks to awesome WordPress plugins, setting up a cookie notification on your WordPress website is damm easy. I am using the free Cookie Consent plugin to get this job done.
Step 1: Install The Cookie Consent Plugin
Login to your WordPress admin dashboard and navigate to the Plugins >> Add New page.
Search for the Cookie Consent plugin and click the Install button. Then click the Activate button to enable the plugin.
Step 2: Customize Settings
Once the installation is complete, go to Settings >> Cookie Consent page to set up the plugin.
From here, you can choose how the notification is shown to your visitors on your website. You can let visitors close the cookie notification on-click or set a timer to automatically close the notification.
You can also exclude the notification from appearing in specific regions in the world. You need to install and activate the GeoIP Detect plugin to activate this feature.
On the Styles tab, set up where the cookie notification displayed and customize the colors to make it more beautifully.
Step 3: Edit The Message
Go to the Content tab of the plugin to enter your custom cookie consent notification message. Check above example.
After making the changes, click the Save button.
The final result will look like this.
And it will help you not face any kind of trouble making your WordPress website more GDPR-friendly.