WordPress Tracking Cookies

WordPress tracking cookies are a fact of life.

When it comes to cookies, we are supposed to tell our visitors what we use.

There are plugins and there are instructions how to use cookies for yourself, those cookies you would know about and be able to declare them.

Did you know that there are tracking cookies built in to plugins and themems. Many of those nice free plugins contain cookies that allow third party companies to track people from one site to another.

So your site could be using cookies without your knowledge.

If you investigate the Ghostery browser plugin then you can use it with Chrome or Firefox to see exactly what cookies are being used on your site.

We often forget that Google analytics is a cookie, Clicky is similar and that is a cookie too. Those social buttons have cookies attached.

Those seem not too bad because we get something back from them, we get to log the visitors to our site and observe the results. It’s nice to be able to see how well your site is doing.

What can you do if you don’t want to contribute to the wholesale use of doubleclick and the like. Well you can inform your users how to block them with the browser.

You have to be a bit careful too because the site will use cookies to control your dashboard and your site navigation, completely legitimate.

If you want to reduce the tracking of your visitors you can add the WP donottrack plugin and run it in strict mode. One one of my sites when I was experimenting it reduced the cookie count from 13 down to 5. What was left were recognisable cookies. If that’s how you want to play it.

At least you have some choice.

I leave it up to you.

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