If this is the first you’ve heard of it, you’re not alone. Most EU websites are probably breaking the law right now, but taking solace in the ignorance of crowds is never a good idea, particularly with a hefty Â£500,000 fine for those that make no effort to comply.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files a website stores on a visitor’s computer to provide a smoother experience. This could include details on what’s in their shopping basket, login info and purchase history. All sounds innocent enough. The problem is that cookies are now also being stored on browsing history so that advertisers can deliver more targeted offers. This has big brother syndrome written all over it and has people worried, hence the new legislation.
How can I ensure I’m compliant?Â
Predictably, the new cookie law seems to be getting a lot of flack for being rather confusing and difficult to impose. However, you could treat it as a marketing opportunity to promote your ethical, professional approach to business.
Bonus plugin tipÂ
Last year my website got hacked, which at the time felt like doomsday had arrived and Google was about to release the guillotine on my page one ranking at any time.
Thankfully, I was able to recover without too much damage (although my RSS feed went haywire for a while) because I had backups of my files. Just in case the hackers should return, I’ve now installed the Online Backup Â plugin which automatically creates weekly backups of all my website files and saves them remotely (or you can have them emailed to you, if you prefer).
WordPress is a very secure CMS, but hackers are constantly looking for vulnerabilities to break in and cause havoc. So if you currently dont have any automated backup plans in place, Id recommend getting the Online Backup plugin installed asap.