How to block cookies on a WordPress site
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How to block cookies on a WordPress site

According to current European legislation, in order to use cookies to collect data, you must obtain user consent. To fulfil this requirement, you must first block cookies and obtain consent to their use.

Cookie Law Introduction – This law protects the privacy of users on the Internet. 

Cookie Law

It requires that in order to use cookies, sites must receive consent from visitors using a special banner.

It should also contain a link to the cookie policy. This document contains information related to the settings of cookies used on your website: data storage time, the purpose of using cookies, etc.

The next step is to block cookies, and then unlock after obtaining consent. This step is the most difficult from a technical point of view.

Cookies are simple text files that are created and stored on the user’s computer when visiting the site. They store user data: login credentials and temporary session information.

In general, cookies enhance the user experience and make it more personalized. But they can also be used when displaying retargeted ads. At the same time, cookies often become available to several sites or advertising providers.

By default, WordPress generates two different types of cookies: for the session and for the comments. The first ones are set when the user visits the site and saves their authentication data. The latter include a username, email address and a URL to automatically fill out a form when commenting on a post.

Cookies notification plugins

Below are three of the best plugins you can use to make cookies easier.

1. Illmenite Cookie Consent

Illmennite Cookie Consent

The Illmenite Cookie Consent plugin is an easy way to place a cookie notification on a site. It uses the notification bar design at the top of the web page. and has only one parameter for entering a link to the cookie policy. But the plugin does not fully comply with the requirements of European law. It lacks functionality for accepting consent from users to collect data.

In addition, the plugin has not been tested with the latest versions of WordPress. It can also cause security problems.

2. GDPR Cookie Consent Banner

GDPR Cookie Consent

After installation and activation, the GDPR Cookie Consent Banner plugin automatically places a notification of consent to the use of cookies on the site.

In addition, in the plugin’s parameters, you can configure the notification of the use of cookies only on the first page visited. And also set the delay time for the banner.

But, like the previous version, this plugin also does not block cookies. It just shows a banner and a link to the usage policy.

3. iubenda Cookie Solution for GDPR

Iubenda Cookie Solution

iubenda Cookie Solution is the only plugin that provides a fully customizable notification banner, generates a cookie policy, offers the user to block them.

In addition, the plugin includes several convenient functions. For example, it will automatically insert the iubenda code in the title of each page of the site.

How to block cookies on a WordPress site

Placing a form for obtaining consent from users to use cookies on the site increases the confidence of visitors. It also avoids legal problems.

Let’s consider setting up the iubenda Cookie Solution plugin in more detail. Installation and activation of the plugin occur in a standard way. After that, click on the iubenda icon on the left side of the WordPress admin panel. After that, you will be taken to the plugin settings page.

Below there will be a large field requesting your iubenda code to activate the plugin.

Iubenda Code

To get the code, you need to create an account on the official iubenda website and activate the Cookie Solution tool.

After entering the activation code, you can proceed to additional settings. The plugin automatically blocks some of the most popular scripts. Others can be added in the Scripts section.

Iubenda - 1

After that, go to the site and see how the banner with the notification of the use of cookies looks like. To access advanced plugin settings, go to the Cookie Solution section of the iubenda account control panel.

Now it remains to add information about the privacy policy in the banner. The Iubenda plugin provides the ability to add your own privacy policy or generate it automatically. This functionality is available in paid versions of the subscription to the service.

Conclusion

This guide covers three plugins for blocking cookies and obtaining consent to their use on the site:

  1. Illmenite Cookie Consent. A lightweight solution to add a cookie notification. But it does not allow full compliance with EU law.
  2. GDPR Cookie Consent Banner. The plugin is easy to configure, but it does not block cookies directly.
  3. iubenda Cookie Solution for GDPR. A universal solution that helps you follow the privacy policy.

 

 

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