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Make your website cookie ready

In 2012 a new law came into effect in Europe. The cookie law. For those of you unfamiliar with what cookies are. I found a really good definition online.

A message given to a Web browser by a Web server. The browser stores the message in a text file. The message is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/C/cookie.html

What does this mean for your website? If you use these cookies on your website, you now have to notify your readers and give them the choice if they want to enter your website or not.

The first time they come to your website they will see a message something like this one.

And they can accept or deny.

Many of you may not use cookies but you do if you have google analytics installed. [And I really urge you to do so to track your statistics. ]

Now I come back to the beauty of WordPress. I was able to install the notice for the new law on my website without having to do anything difficult.

I downloaded the following plugin directly into WordPress and activated it on my website. It took me all of five minutes and my website is ready.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/cookie-compliance/

NOTE this post was from 2012. Since 2018 the cookie laws are a lot stricker and I now use a paid cookie plugin called WeePie Cookie Allow

 

 

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