Due to the overwhelming cases of data breaches and hacks, people are concerned about their privacy online. The European Union set up user privacy laws to help protect people online. If you run a WordPress blog or website, you are most likely utilizing cookies to deliver certain features or to collect user data.
You need to show a cookie consent notification to all your website visitors to avoid breaking the user privacy laws. In this step by step tutorial, you will learn how to easily set up a cookie consent notification in a WordPress website.
Set up Cookie Consent Notification
1. Login to your WordPress website dashboard. Under ‘Plugins’, select ‘Add New’ then search for ‘cookie consent’ as shown below. You now need to install and activate the ‘GDPR Cookie Consent Banner’ as illustrated below:
2. You now need to hover over ‘Settings’ on the left panel the hit ‘Cookie Consent’ as shown in the image below:
3. The Cookie Consent settings will now appear. You can start by editing your general settings. Under general, you can configure aspects that include:
- How the cookie consent notification will be disabled (auto or manual)
- Pages to be displayed
- Geographical zones to show/ not to show
- Notification duration
- Cookie expiry
4. Switch to the ‘Consent’ tab at the top as shown in the image below. This tab contains all the content settings, i.e., the content that the user will be shown.
5. Switch to the ‘Styles’ tab at the top as shown in the illustration below. This tab allows you to style individual elements of the cookie consent notification banner.
6. Finally, hit ‘Save Changes’ at the bottom.
7. If you followed all the steps, you should now be able to see a cookie consent notification banner on your WordPress website. Below is an example of the default banner, i.e., without changing any default settings:
However, you should configure the settings to get a personalized look.