What’s the easiest GDPR cookie consent WordPress plugin to use?

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I’m getting a little tired of all the constant accepting of websites’ cookie policies. Every website I go to I have to click and accept. Couldn’t there just be one button I can click that allows all websites to serve me cookies? That might just be too user-friendly.

Anyway, with the recent GDPR law in Europe companies are trying to do what’s right and to keep them in line with the new law. So I looked into what I have to do on my own blog.

I may have been overthinking this whole cookie consent thing a bit here, but with a global audience on the site – including from many European – and nearing 1 million views it’s certainly important for me to make an effort to comply with the GDRP – the European privacy law that requires websites to be transparent about how data is used.

One way to do that is to alert people that your website uses cookies! What website doesn’t? Then you’ll need to give people an option to accept (though some sites claim implied consent – i.e.: readers keep scrolling – works!).

I was looking for some options and going to the WordPress plugins dashboard inside your WordPress install gets you options. I searched for:

  • Cookies consent
  • Consent
  • GDPR
  • Verification – or something like that

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I installed and uninstalled a number of plugins and also tried some other “age verification” leaning plugins, which didn’t work, by the way.

I landed on the GDPR Cookie Consent by webtofee. It’s now installed and running on here. It adds a quick popup bar to my site that looks like this in the header:

I can also place it in the footer, where I actually ended up moving it. It works just fine on mobile, too, which is important with the majority of my visitors coming from mobile devices. The setup is simple, but know that the REJECT button doesn’t display by default. Simply go into the Cookie Law Info section from your leftside WordPress dashboard and then turn it on. Personally, I would recommend doing that.

The plugin also gives you an option to send people that reject to a different URL:

You are seeing that correctly and at first I am now sending them to google.com. My content is free and you can’t even allow me to give you some free cookies? LOL. I’m very black and white.

I really only use cookies for two things:

  • Ad campaigns Side note: My Google ads on here are running as not personalized in the European Union.
  • Google Analytics

As far as I can tell, that doesn’t really personally identify people to me, unless they fill out a form and choose to email me. Even then, their message doesn’t tie them to what they did on the site. As far as I know.

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I read the plugin’s documentation a little closer and it said that clicking REJECT it will set values to no and that my developer could take it from there.

Honestly, that sounded like a lot of work and work I don’t necessarily know much about developing – which is why I install plugins! 🙂  So, I added a note to my message saying that if you reject (which you can) that you’ll be redirected off the site. Where should I send people? Well, Google seems to be many people’s homepage so why not there?

I’m probably overthinking it and spent way too much time shopping for plugins, testing them and reading documentation. So for now, that’s how it is. If you have thoughts, comments, etc., feel free to fill out the form below. (Keep in mind that if you choose to I will know your name and email!):

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