In just a few weeks time, data protection rules across Europe is going to change drastically, with the new GDPR coming into force on the 25th of May 2018.
I’m sure you have that date in your diary.
Hopefully, if you run a website or blog of any kind, you will be making your own preparations for the coming changes, as for the most part, GDPR will affect every website that serves users/people within the EU in some shape or form.
GDPR is a European Regulation being brought into force to help strengthen data protection for EU citizens, just in case you were wondering.
If you’d like to learn more about GDPR, then check out this page.
If you want to get the full low-down on how GDPR will affect your online business and what you can do to help make your website more compliant, check out the video below by Chris Ducker.
What is important for you to remember here is that using any of these plugins will NOT make your blog or website fully compliant with GDPR, but certainly help towards it.
Let’s take a look.
Cookie Consent Plugins
1. UK Cookie Consent by Catapult Themes
This is the very plugin I was using for a good while until I ran into some technical problems with it NOT displaying correctly on Thrive Architect custom landing pages.
If you don’t use Thrive Architect on your WordPress site, then this plugin is definitely worth your time.
It’s incredibly simple to install and configure.
Configuration options include –
- Cookie bar close options (On-click, on-scroll, timed).
- Option to display on first-page visitors lands on only.
- Exclude pages you don’t want the notification to appear on.
- Exclude zones.
- Notification duration.
- Scroll height.
- Cookie version and expiry (How long should the cookie last).
- Option to opt-out of tracking.
- Content settings (Heading text, a customizable cookie notification message, CTA text, privacy page settings).
- Styles options (Position of the notification bar, text, background, link colors, and more).
Benefits of using this plugin – Quick and simple to set up and forget about. If you don’t use very many cookies on your website, other than the ones you use to track website traffic, visitor behavior, and for doing simple statistical analysis, then this plugin should be fine.
Cons of using this plugin – Sadly, like I said at the start, I’ve found that this plugin doesn’t display the cookie notice bar properly on landing pages built using Thrive Architect. Other than that, there are no other cons.
2. GDPR Cookie Compliance by Moove Agency
If you’re looking for a plugin that will help you make your website more compliant to GDPR, then check out Moove Agency’s awesome plugin.
This plugin provides a lot of options for GDPR, that being said, using it alone will not make your website or blog completely compliant, as each individual website needs to put in place its own policy.
Using this plugin, or any of the other plugins is just a step towards making your website compliant.
Options include –
- Branding and positioning (Upload your own logo).
- Cookie info-bar settings.
- Floating button.
- Privacy overview textbox and settings.
- Options for customizing information about necessary cookies, third-party cookies, and any other additional cookies.
Benefits of using this plugin – This is one of the best plugin’s I’ve seen for GDPR. It’s clean, attractive, and can help you to take a big step towards making your website more GDPR compliant. Ideally, if you have a website that uses a few more cookies than usually, i.e advertising cookies, behavior tracking cookies, Geographic tracking, etc. Then this plugin could be useful.
3. Cookie Notice by dFactory
This is the plugin I’m currently using on Magnet4Blogging Media.
Before that, I was using the EU Cookie Consent plugin mentioned above, which I really loved. However, since I use a custom homepage built using Thrive Architect, the cookie notification bar doesn’t appear correctly.
Anyhow, if you’re interested, this plugin is simple to setup and while it doesn’t look as clean and elegant as Catapult Theme’s plugin, you do get a few extra useful configuration options.
Here’s what you can do with this plugin –
- Add a customize cookie message.
- Customize buttons CTA text.
- Enable or disable read more link. You can also change the link text.
- Use custom link or page link to your privacy page.
- Link target option to open in new tab or same page.
- Feature to give users the option to refuse third-party non-functional cookies.
- Script blocking.
- Reloading and on-scroll cookie acceptance options.
- Cookie expiry time.
- Script placement (Header or footer).
- Placement options (Top or bottom).
You can also customize the design of your cookie notice with animation, style, and colors.
Benefits of using this plugin – Quick and simple to set up and forget about.
Cons of using this plugin – Doesn’t look at attractive as the first two. Uses either WordPress or Bootstrap CSS.
Last but not least, is the EU cookie law plugin which to date has had over 100,000 downloads and plenty of positive reviews.
If you’re looking for something plain and simple, once again, then this plugin could be for you.
Options include the following –
- Block iFrames, embeds, and scripts on your blog/website.
- Cookie acceptance duration.
- Scroll and navigation consent.
- Subdomains and multisite cookie share.
- Appearance customization options.
- Message bar content options.
- Pop-up box custom content.
- Shortcode (Cookie control, cookie disabled message).
Benefits of using this plugin – Incredibly simple to install and configure. Popular and widely used plugin.
Cons of using this plugin – Notification bar and pop-up looks dull and boring and doesn’t provide many options for users in the pop-up.
So there you have it. Four incredibly useful plugins to help you make your website more transparent about cookies and privacy.
Now, as I said, you should NOT install any of these plugins and expect your site to be fully compliant. Especially when it comes to GDPR.
Getting ready for GDPR doesn’t have to be a minefield, and avoiding it will not do you any favors. You can start taking the steps now, before the 25th of May, to get your blog or website ready.
Best of luck.
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