Anyhow, in just a few week's time, data protection rules across Europe are going to change dramatically with the new GDPR coming into force on the 25th of May 2018.
Oh, wait! We're now in 2020 and all that has already happened! With that said, hopefully, you will have already made preparations and changes for your website or blog.
Remember: For the most part, GDPR affects every website that serves an audience, users/consumers within the EU in some shape or form. To be safe, please don't assume that GDPR doesn't apply to your site or online business.
If you're at all wondering what this GDPR means, it's a European Regulation that has been brought into force to help strengthen data protection for EU citizens. If you'd like to learn more about this regulation, check out this detailed post.
I want to reiterate the importance of remembering that using any of these plugins will NOT make your WordPress website or blog fully compliant with GDPR, but certainly help towards it.
Let's take a look.
First on our list is the UK Cookie Consent Plugin by Catapult Themes.
Originally, I was using this plugin for quite some time, up until I ran into some problems with the banner NOT displaying correctly on landing pages built with Thrive Architect.
If you don't use Thrive Architect page builder, then you should have NO problems using this plugin.
The best part about the UK Cookie Consent plugin is that it's incredibly simple to install and configure.
Plugin configuration options include -
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 - As I said at the start, I've found this plugin doesn't display the cookie notice bar properly on landing pages built using Thrive Architect page builder. Other than that, there are no other cons to mention.
Another plugin worth checking out is Moove Agency's GDPR Cookie Compliance plugin.
This plugin comes with a lot of options for GDPR, but again, using it alone will not make your website or blog completely compliant. The reason behind this is because each website needs to put in place its own policy.
Using this plugin, or any of the other plugins in this post is just a step towards making your website compliant.
I'm sorry if I sound like a broken record with this, but it's really important info.
Plugin options include -
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 more cookies, i.e advertising cookies, behavior tracking cookies, Geographic tracking, etc. Then this plugin could be a little more useful with the additional options.
This is the plugin I'm currently using on Magnet4Blogging.
Before this, I was using the EU Cookie Consent plugin which I mentioned above, which I really loved. But, some of my landing pages are built with Thrive Architect, so the plugin doesn't work for me.
If you're interested in using this Cookie Notice plugin, it is simple to set up and forget about. You do get a few extra useful configuration options too, see below.
You can also customize the design of your cookie notice with some cool 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.
Next up 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 with no frills, then this plugin could be for you.
Options include the following -
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.
Last but not least on our list is the GDPR Cookie Consent plugin by WebToffee, currently with over 400,000 downloads, so this one's a pretty popular one too.
This plugin is simple to install and set up and will add a none-intrusive banner in your website's header or footer, it's entirely up to you.
In addition, you can customize and style your banner to match your website's look.
Pros of using this plugin? Quick and simple setup, simple customization.
Cons of using this plugin? None!
Now, one last time, you should NOT install any of these plugins and expect your site to be fully compliant with GDPR.
Getting ready for GDPR doesn't have to be a minefield, and avoiding it just isn't worth it. If it's your business, why would you not make your website GDPR friendly?
Best of luck.