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Fortune Cookie Consent Policy WordPress Plugin Quick Install Guide

Created: 16/11/2016
By: Kisded
Email: [email protected]

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Table of Contents

  1. About the plugin
  2. Wordpress installation
  3. Plugin Settings
  4. Summary
  5. Sources and Credits

About the plugin - top

The Cookie Law Explained

The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
It was designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected and used online, and give them a choice to allow it or not.
It started as an EU Directive that was adopted by all EU countries in May 2011. The Directive gave individuals rights to refuse the use of cookies that reduce their online privacy. Each country then updated its own laws to comply. In the UK this meant an update to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations.
Almost all websites use cookies - little data files - to store information in peoples' web browsers. Some websites contain hundreds of them. There are other technologies, like Flash and HTML5 Local Storage that do similar things, and these are also covered by the legislation, but as cookies are the most common technology in use, it has become known as the Cookie Law.

What it Means For Business?
If you own a website, you will need to make sure it complies with the law, and this usually means making some changes.
If you don't comply you risk enforcement action from regulators, which in the UK means The Information Commissioners' Office (ICO). In exceptional cases this can mean a fine.
However, non-compliance could also have other, perhaps more serious consequences than enforcement. There is plenty of evidence that consumers avoid engaging with websites where they believe their privacy is at risk, and there is a general low level of trust about web tracking by the use of cookies.

What is the future of this law?

The EU ePrivacy Directive, the organisation which gave us the cookie law, is currently undergoing a revision, but the real issue now is their new law, that will soon come to action, the EU GDPR.
It may be 2018 before it is enforced, but it is now law and has already tightened up the rules as well as increased the penalties for getting it wrong.
There may be a while to go yet, and we may see some guidance from regulators, but I think they will have other issues on their collective agendas. So it is really important to start thinking about the changes you will need to make now, especially for companies that have a lot of websites.

So here are some of the top issues for cookie consent that the GDPR raises

The plugin will resolve all the above stated problems, and yout website will fully comply to the current and also the future cookie regulations. These features include:

Wordpress installation - top

Youtube video tutorial:

Fortune Cookie Consent Policy WordPress Plugin live demo HERE.

If you are not sure what cookies are and how they work, I provided a Guide where I explain the mechanism of cookies.

I also provided a Quick Install Guide to feature an easy plugin installation for everyone.

To install this plugin, first, you'll need to install the plugin. The easiest method is to take the .zip file you've downloaded and upload it via Plugins > Add New > Upload Plugin in the WordPress Dashboard. Once the plugin is installed, be sure to Activate it.

Now that you've installed and activated the plugin, you'll see a new menu item created inside WordPress called 'Fortune Cookie Consent Policy'. First thing first, let's head over to Settings > Fortune Cookie Consent Policy and take a look at what options are available.

Plugin Settings - top

Refreshingly, Fortune Cookie Consent Policy plugin has a super-simple settings screen. Let's look at first at the settings panel:

Here you can find the steps needed in configuring your plugin even if you have no HTML knowledge at all. You can find options for:

HINT! Don't forget to click the Save button every time you modified your settings, otherwise the modifications will be lost!

What are WordPress shortcodes?

Shortcodes in WordPress are little bits of code that allow you to do various things with little effort. They were introduced in WordPress 2.5, and the reason to introduce them was to allow people to execute code inside WordPress posts, pages, and widgets without writing any code directly. This allows you to embed files or create objects that would normally require a lot of code in just one single line. For example, a shortcode for embedding information about the user's browser looks like this:


Sometimes you may want to use the text of a shortcode in a post. To do this you have to escape it using double brackets. For example, if you want the text of the get_new_fortune_cookie shortcode to display rather than an actual link to you Privacy Policy page, you can do the following:


Shortcodes simplify the addition of features to a WordPress site. By using shortcodes the HTML and other markup is added dynamically directly into the post or page where the user wants them to appear.

Results: If everything is configures well, you can see the results of this plugin by navigating to your website. You will see a notification box indicating that your website uses cookies (depending on how you configured it). Here are some examples:

Top panel style:

Bottom panel style:

Bottom right popup style:

Bottom left transparent popup style:

Top right transparent popup style:

Top left popup style with image background:

Center popup style with image background (1):

Center popup style with image background (2):

NOTE! If the popup is showing every time for you and your users and you don't know why, check the 'Show Only Once per Visitor:' settings check box if it is not checked. If it is not, it is normal for you to see the popup every time you navigate to your website. Check this option to make it appear only once. Also, if you are using Incognito Mode in your browser (in incognito mode, no cookies are saved), your popup will still be displayed every time you navigate to your webpage.

Summary - top

Fortune Cookie Consent Policy plugin is a simple, yet powerful tool you can use to make your website "cookie law proof". It can protect you from the hassle caused by your website not being fully EU (or other) cookie law compliant. The setup and settings of the plugin couldn't have been easier. Now, let's go and enjoy the results of this great plugin! Have fun using it!

Sources and Credits - top

This component was made by Szabi Kisded, for more information and support contact us at [email protected]

Once again, thank you so much for purchasing this item. As I said at the beginning, I'd be glad to help you if you have any questions regarding this plugin and I'll do my best to assist.