Tag: cookies

Cookie law: To opt in or to opt out

on July 8, 2012 in Personal with no comments by

Since May 26 of 2012, the infamous “cookie law” has been in effect in the United Kingdom. While there have been many questions regarding its implementation on websites, most have settled on the “implied consent” method, as it was easiest to implement and had the least amount of impact on the visitors.

Using Cookillian on my own website, I had initially decided on using the strict method. It barred cookies outright and required the visitor to make an explicit decision about cookies. With this method, the average between opt in and out was nearly 50:50 down the middle. For June, I decided to change from explicit to implied consent, and as seen in the statistics below this changed the numbers significantly: read more →

Cookillian and JavaScript

on June 12, 2012 in Projects with 2 comments by

By default, Cookillian will delete cookies that are set by WordPress (ie., wp-settings-*) and other WordPress plugins. As JavaScript generally lies outside the realm of WordPress, the idea is that certain scripts, such as Google Analytics, are removed from the website and into the Header or Footer fields of Cookillian’s JavaScript section. This prevents the script from loading when the visitor has not (yet) given permission to receive cookies.

This is the preferred method, as it gives greater control over the cookies set by third party scripts. As mentioned, Google Analytics is one such script that should be moved, and is probably easiest to accomplish. But there are some that require a bit more work, like the Twitter Tweet button and Google AdSense, which I will explain next.

I will also provide a sample code that with the help of Cookillian will delete local cookies set by existing JavaScript, to help ease the transition.

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Cookillian

on May 5, 2012 in WordPress with 34 comments by
Cookie Sandwich by Neil Conway

Note! This plugin has been deprecated; it is no longer maintained nor supported.

Cookillian is a WordPress plugin that makes it easier for your WordPress site to comply with the EC Cookie Directive, which affects the United Kingdom on May 25th 2012 and other European countries.

Cookillian will automatically detect if a visitor is located in one of the countries defined by you – likely the countries affected by the EC Cookie Direcitve – and will automatically disable any cookies that are set from within WordPress or a 3rd party plugin. The user will then be presented with an fully customizable alert about cookies, and given the option to opt in or out of using cookies. read more →

Background Manager version 1.0 released

on January 21, 2012 in WordPress with no comments by

Background Manager has progressed out of its Beta stage with today’s release of version 1.0!

New features have been added, which allows you to select from a number of Transition Effects – or none at all – for the background images. This applies only to full-screen background images that change at a specified interval. The effects, in addition to the original Crossfade, include Slide and Cover. The Slide effect “pushes” the old image out of the way, whereas the Cover effect will slide a new image on top of the old one. This can be set to happen from any of the four positions on the screen. It is also possible to set the Transition Speed now, which before was fixed to 600 milliseconds – it can now be set from 100ms (0.1 second) to 7500ms (7.5 seconds). read more →