If you’re worried about complying with GDPR and other privacy laws, you’re not alone. Luckily, there are a lot of great cookie consent plugins and other GDPR compliance plugins for WordPress available.
Using a cookie consent plugin for WordPress is one of the best ways to work at getting compliant. It can display a message to let your visitor know they’re being tracked, and provide the option to opt out of that tracking.
In this article, we’ll go over our favorite cookie plugins that’ll help you get GDPR complaint.
Our Favorite Cookie Consent Plugins
Let’s dive into our list.
ExactMetrics is the best premium WordPress analytics plugin. With ExactMetrics, there’s a whole list of things you can set up and monitor in Google Analytics and your WordPress dashboard, plus an EU Compliance Addon to help you make your site GDPR compliant.
Our most popular features include:
- Easy enhanced ecommerce setup and tracking through WooCommerce
- Top outbound and top affiliate link clicks
- GDPR compliance
- Scroll tracking
- Form tracking
- Popular posts or products widget
With ExactMetrics, all your most important metrics are right there in your WordPress dashboard.
Not only does our EU Compliance Addon include options to make your use of Google Analytics compliant, but it also integrates with not one, not two, but FOUR different cookie compliance plugins. Those integrations mean that you can be sure your Google Analytics tag does not fire if a visitor chooses to decline cookies.
Cookiebot is the first plugin on our list that integrates with ExactMetrics. It’s an easy-to-use cookie compliance plugin for WordPress that can show your visitors a notice and ask them to accept tracking.
With Cookiebot enabled, you can both ask visitors to accept tracking and give them the “do not sell my personal information” option to comply with both GDPR and CCPA.
- Integrates with ExactMetrics
- A highly customizable consent banner
- Monthly website scans, detecting all first- and third-party cookies and similar tracking on your site
- All cookies and tracking are automatically held back right from the moment the user lands on the website and until the proper consent has been obtained
- Free up to 100 subpages, then $10 per month and up
Cookie Notice is the 2nd plugin on our list that integrates with ExactMetrics. This plugin is broken down into two distinct functions: a cookie notice banner and a cookie compliance application. So, you can use one or both depending on your needs.
Key features of the Cookie Notice banner:
- Customizable notice message
- Consent on click, scroll or close
- Multiple cookie expiry options
Key features of Cookie Compliance:
- Intentional Consent provides 3 equal buttons to give site visitors the ability to accept none, some, or all cookies
- Consent duration selector
- Consent analytics dashboard
- Automatic script blocking
- Free up until 1,000 visits a month, then $14.95 per month
CookieYes is the 3rd plugin on our list that integrates with ExactMetrics and it provides LGPD of Brazil, CNIL of France, and California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) compliance.
Similar to Cookie Notice, CookieYes also has a free version and then more features in a pro version.
- Cookies are not rendered by default and only upon user consent
- Single click automatic scanning and categorization of cookies
- Display a list of your cookies on your policy page using a shortcode
- Can be configured to have a CCPA ‘Do Not Sell My Personal Information’ control
- Fully customizable to look just like your own website’s style
The pro version adds more helpful features, such as the ability to scan and auto block scripts, starting at $69 per year.
Complianz is called “The Privacy Suite for WordPress” and it’s easy to see why: this plugin provides compliance for GDPR, ePrivacy, DSGVO, TTDSG, LGPD, POPIA, APA, RGPD, CCPA and PIPEDA. It’s the last one on our list that integrates with ExactMetrics.
This plugin also provides both cookie notice and consent management functionality.
- Configure a cookie notice for your specific region and sub-region
- Custom CSS and customizable templates
- Blocks 3rd party cookies like Google Maps, Facebook, Instagram, AdSense and more
- Blocks iframes
- Proof of Consent: User consent registration that respects the GDPR data minimization guideline
- Periodical cookie scan for changes in cookies, plugins and 3rd party services
- Free version
WordPress Real Cookie Banner is a cookie banner and consent management plugin. It helps you obtain consent to load services and set cookies for your visitors in accordance with GDPR and the ePrivacy Directive.
This plugin has a high ratio of 5-star ratings and is clearly loved by many of its users.
- You can use a free sandbox site to try the plugin before you decide to install it
- Store all technical and legal information about services and cookies
- Content blockers make sure that these features are only executed after you have obtained consent
- Completely customizable design
- Guided configuration
- Automatic website scan
GDPR Cookie Compliance is an easy-to-use, well supported cookie compliance plugin. It can help you with GDPR and CCPA compliance, plus consent notice requirements.
- Give your users full control over cookies
- Fully customizable and editable
- Consent expiration settings
- Mobile responsive and SEO friendly
- Free version
If you want more features, such as a full screen layout, geo-location, an iFrame blocker, and more, they also have a premium version available for £49 per year and up.
Beautiful Cookie Consent Banner is a free and beautiful way to get a cookie banner on your WordPress site without loading any external resources from 3rd parties. This plugin does not block any resources unless you purchase the premium version, but works well if you just need the banner.
- Fully customizable texts, colors, fonts and position of the banner and buttons
- Choose from 4 different compliance types: Just Inform, Opt-in, Opt-out, Differentiated
- Google Tag Manager support
- Developer friendly
That’s our list! We hope you found the right cookie consent plugins for your website.
If you liked this article, we bet you’ll also be interested in reading GDPR and Google Analytics: How to Make Your WordPress Site Compliant.