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How to add a cookie banner on your WordPress website

How to add a GDPR cookie banner for WordPress

You have probably noticed how it seems like every single website you visit nowadays includes some notification about using cookies.

Now you might be wondering, does my WordPress site need one of those cookie consent notices? And if so, how can I actually create a cookie banner for my website?

The answer to the first question is “probably”. And as for the second question, that’s what this post is all about!

A cookie consists of information downloaded on to your computer or smartphone when you visit a website.

Developers and businesses regularly use cookies to enhance the user experience of a website and it can do a number of things such as:

  • Save user login details
  • Measure how often a user visits your site and which pages they visit
  • Target relevant advertising to your visitors

In this article, we will look at different options for displaying cookie consent notices on your WordPress website. We will also look at the text that should go in this notice.

But before jumping into the subject let’s discuss few frequently asked questions (FAQ’s):

If your website receives visitors from the European Union, you probably need a cookie consent banner if you want to stay on the good side ofΒ European Union regulations.

Originally adopted in 2011 and expanded with the GDPR in 2018, the European Union’s rules on cookies essentially require that you get “clear, informed consent” from visitors in order to use cookies that track user data.

That’s technically not every single website, but with the popularity of tools like Google Analytics, Facebook Pixel, social media share buttons, and others, there is a fairly good chance that your website uses at least some tracking cookies.

The purpose of a cookie consent notices is to get informed consent to use cookies before visitors start using your site.

So you need to display the cookie consent banner immediately upon a user’s first visit. Receive informed consent from visitors to use cookies. Usually, this is done by linking out to your privacy/cookie policy, as well as a button that indicates consent.

Let’s run through a few examples of how and where you can display your cookie consent notices on your website.

Perhaps the most common location for cookie consent requests is in a fixed footer of a website. This footer notification would show up for a visitor the first time they visits your website.

Kinsta uses an attention grabbing cookie consent banner at footer.

Cookie consent banner at footer (example)Β 

Another common location to see cookie consent notices is in the header of a website.

This is immediately visible to any visitors to your site. As an example, the Honda UK has its cookie information contained within a thin bar at the top of its website:

Cookie consent banner at header (example)

Some site include a pop-up box in a corner of their website to highlight their cookie policy. XelPlus has a box in the bottom left of its website that asks users to accept the use of cookies.

Cookie consent banner at corner box (example)

We have seen yet different ways to add cookie consent banner on website. Now let us know, how you can add such cookie banner on your WordPress site.

As with virtually all WordPress website features, there is a plugin for handling cookie consent notices. Actually, there are many plugins available to handle cookie consent notices. 

Few notable plugins are:

The general rule for WordPress is to use as little plugins as possible because every additional plugin adds up to loading time of your website.

Sunil Pradhan

Hi there πŸ‘‹ I am a front-end developer passionate about cutting-edge, semantic, pixel-perfect design. Writing helps me to understand things better.

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  • Thanks for sharing this article. It helped me to add cookie banner to my WordPress site. This solution is more quick and I even do not need to install one more plugin for my WordPress site.

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Sunil Pradhan

Hi there πŸ‘‹ I am a front-end developer passionate about cutting-edge, semantic, pixel-perfect design. Writing helps me to understand things better.