WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) used worldwide. It is a completely free and open-source tool that allows anyone to create a fully functioning web page or blog in no time at all. If you are looking for a blogging platform to host your content or would like to create an online store, then WordPress is a great choice.
But just because WordPress is free and open-source, that does not mean it is without its own quirks. One of those quirks is how it handles cookies. If you host your WordPress website on a shared server, then other websites or users on your server will be able to access your cookies. This is usually harmless, but it’s always nice to know who’s viewing your site and what they’re looking at, right?
Step one: Obtain the necessary permissions
- Log in to your WordPress dashboard
- Click on the Settings tab
- Scroll down to the bottom and click on the Privacy button
- Then, click on the Save Changes button
- Finally, click on the Publish button
Step two: Create a notice on your website
The above code can be easily copied and pasted into your website’s footer. It will then appear at the bottom of every page on your site. Remember, if you are using a sub-domain for your site (e.g., example.com vs. my-blog.example.com), then the footer will only display on the former. For example, if you are using a free WordPress hosting service, then the footer code will only display on the main domain (e.g., example.com).
Step three: Test the notice
Once you’ve placed the notice at the top of your site, you can test it to see if it draws the attention of your users. Visit your site often during the next week and check out the traffic that it is receiving. After seven days, you can compare the amount of traffic during that week to the amount of traffic you received before putting the notice up. If there was less traffic after the policy was published, then you know it worked.
If you are still seeing a lot of traffic, then you might want to place the notice at the top of a few more pages before you claim that the original page was the most effective. Alternatively, you could place multiple notices on your site and test each one separately to see which one gets the most website traffic. This way, you can be sure that you are targeting the right audience for your website.
Step four: Add the GDPR text
If you are based in the European Union (EU), then you need to add some text to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect earlier this year. You can use the following code to do so:
“1) Personal data: We, as data controllers, have control over the processing of your personal data. We process it lawfully ” (or) “2) Scope of processing: We only process your personal data within the EU (or) “3) Purposes of processing: We process your personal data for the purposes of offering you our products and services, and for ensuring smooth functioning of your relationship with us. ” (or) “4) Duration of processing: As stated in Article 6(1) of the GDPR, our processing is limited to the minimum necessary to achieve the purposes for which we process it. We review and erase your personal data upon request and free of charge.
The above code can be easily copied and pasted into the text file of your WordPress website. Make sure to save this file as a.txt file so that it ends up being text-based instead of rich-media (e.g., images, audio, video). If you followed the above step correctly, then your website should now have the necessary permissions, a notice at the top of your site, and the GDPR text in the footer. Congratulations! You can now inform your users of your website’s privacy procedures and opt-in tools.