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For my European readers out there, you may have heard of the new EU regulation that stipulates that you must get your users consent before a cookie can be downloaded. UK Cookie Consent helps keep your site compliant with the new directive, with very little to set up.
What’s It Do?
UK Cookie Consent places a customizable notification bar on your site which alerts users to the fact that there are cookies being used on your site. The bar can be placed on either the top or the bottom of the site, and won’t go away until the user clicks the “Ok” button or optionally chooses to get more info. The bar uses fixed positioning, so it will follow a user, even if they scroll down a page.
This will ensure that EU readers are properly informed of what is being downloaded to their site, and you can change the language of the message to anything you wish. The plugin works by installing a cookie on the user’s machine after permission is given, which is automatically set for 30 days.
How’s It Work?
When you install and activate the plugin, it will start working immediately. But if you go to Settings -> Cookie Consent you will see some options to tweak the look and content of the notification bar.
There are also several options to change the look of the notification bar. You can choose what the color of the bar’s background should be, the color of the text, and the color of both buttons. Each option has a color picker next to it, so you can choose or type in any color you want so it fits your theme’s style better or calls it out more.
The last option is a drop-down menu labeled “Notification position.” You can choose to either stick the notification bar to the top or bottom. In both cases, the position will be fixed, so it will follow the user even as they scroll.
And that’s it, everything will be set up. Once a user indicates that they are okay with cookie’s, the bar will be removed for 30 days, or until that user clears cookies from their browser. If they are not okay with it, they will have information on how to remove cookie’s all together, and you will have done your part to keep up with EU compliance.
Cost, Caveats, Etc.
the page, which I don’t love, as I would prefer it to be in an external stylesheet, but it is not all that much. And even so, the impact on performance is very low as everything is kept lightweight.
If you are having a problem with the plugin, the support forum is the best place to find help.
I can’t pretend to know everything about the new EU directive regarding cookie’s so if someone spots an error with compliance, or think more needs to be done please let me know so I can look into it.