What are Cookies and Why Do We Need Cookies in WordPress?
A cookies are small file browsers use to save information about a user’s interaction with a website. They’ll be used to carefully save different types of session data. They offer a simple and beautiful solution to do things like maintain sessions for your visitors as they browse, save user preferences and collect data for your site.
WordPress does not use sessions by default. It shows the same behavior indifferent of the user navigating the website. It saves a cookie for user authentication when you or your staff login to the site’s backend but that’s just about it. As where authentication means completely secure.
In user authentication, there is also a term known as two-factor authentication which is a high level security of the user identity. As, It provides an additional feature of WordPress security by presenting an added layer. A user has to go through this step to get access to your site.
WordPress itself will not give you the functionality for creating shopping carts using cookies or retrieve visitors personal data via cookie for improving the user experience. It’s got a lot of things going for it out of the box but cookies just aren’t one of them.
WordPress itself does not maintain sessions but most of the plugins or themes you may have activated almost exactly do. So in case you have found some of your WordPress site’s cookies stored in your browser, major possibilities are it was implemented by one of these.
Where a plugin is defined as a type of software that contains a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They are used to provide additional functionality to your application. Also, theme is a group of stylesheets and templates that are used to describe the appearance and display of a WordPress site.
As templates are those files which control how your WordPress site will be displayed on the Web. These files draw information from your WordPress MySQL database and generate the HTML code which is then sent to the web browser.
All About Cookie Law
The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation, needs websites to save or retrieve any information on the premise that visitors have allowed their consent. And this legislation is approved by all EU member countries. It means that if your website is owned by the EU or targeted towards EU visitors you have to comply with it.
Aside from these, WordPress plugins can set their own cookies to store various information. Cookies are very useful, they can also be used to collect information about a user and share it with third-party advertising platforms.
That’s the reason why Europe and few other countries, website owners are needed to let users know about their usage of cookies. If your website is based in one of those countries or mainly targets audiences in those regions, then you require showing a cookie consent disclaimer on your website.
Let’s see how to easily show a cookie consent popup in WordPress.
Displaying a Cookie Consent Notification in WordPress
- First of all, install and activate the Cookie Consent plugin. After the activation visits Settings » Cookie Consent page to configure plugin settings. If you don’t know installing then have a look at our article on How to Install a Plugin in WordPress?
- You can control when and where you want to show the cookie consent notification on this page. You can also choose how you would like it to be closed.
- Next, in other settings, you can show or hide it for people visiting from general geographic locations and set an expiration time for the cookie.
- The default settings would work for most websites. After that click on the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings.
- Switch to the ‘Content’ tab. In this, you can edit the content that will be showed to your users in the notification.
Changing the Appearance of Your Cookie Consent Notification
As you know that your cookie consent popup is almost ready. You are just required to set up how you would like it to be showed.
- First of all visit Settings » Cookie Consent page and then after click on the Styles tab.
- On this tab, you can select the position, borders, colors and style for your cookie consent popup notification. You can set a container class and then add custom CSS to your popup.
After you have finished tap on the save changes button to store your settings. Visit your website to see your cookie consent popup in action.
That’s all on our behalf and we hope that this article helped you for adding Cookies Popup on WordPress Website.
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