My experiences with Borlabs: Legally secure cookie plugin for WordPress

Anyone who operates a website must include a cookie notice and a corresponding adjustment option for visitors. The Borlabs Plugin In my opinion, it is the best solution for WordPress to actually make tracking cookies rejectable for visitors. For me, Borlabs stands out from the crowd of cookies notification plugins for WordPress because it offers an opt-in option with which users can actively agree that and which cookies will be set. It is important that this happens before one of the small files is placed on the computer - technically demanding, but feasible with the solution presented here.

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and this post is not intended to provide legal advice.

With Borlabs Cookie, a plugin for WordPress websites, you can implement legally secure cookie notices and opt-in options on your website. This is how you implement EU requirements easily and safely.

With Borlabs Cookie, a plugin for WordPress websites, you can implement legally secure cookie notices and opt-in options on your website. This is how you implement EU requirements easily and safely.

Borlabs experience - cookie notes for WordPress sites

Most people with their own website already use plugins that issue a cookie notice, but - as far as I am informed - an opt-in for cookies is required under EU law. This means that when users access the page, they must receive a note with checkboxes and information on cookie usage and runtime. This must also include the option of only accepting what should actually be accepted. Until then, no cookie may be set, which is technically quite a demanding thing.

Cookies can be classified into different categories in the Borlabs cookie box. In this way, the user can decide which one to accept.

Cookies can be classified into different categories in the Borlabs cookie box. In this way, the user can decide which one to accept.

For this reason, I also opted for the Borlabs cookie solution, which I also install for my customers. The configuration is quite comfortable, as there are predefined services such as YouTube, Google Analytics and the like that can be easily activated with a checkbox.

Here you can see the list of preconfigured cookie settings that you can easily activate or deactivate. With Google Analytics, for example, you just have to activate the slider and then enter your Analytics ID.

Here you can see the list of preconfigured cookie settings that you can easily activate or deactivate. With Google Analytics, for example, you just have to activate the slider and then enter your Analytics ID.

If you use tracking that is not yet supported by Borlabs, you can create this as a new cookie and integrate this into the selection. So you can be sure that you really cover all areas that need to be covered.

Content blocker - including for embedded YouTube videos

Another feature that free plugins usually don't have is the content blocker. For example, embedded YouTube videos are replaced by a placeholder that indicates that you have to click on the video to start. The normal preview that YouTube offers when embedding via iFrame already sets a cookie that is actually only allowed to be set after the visitor has given permission.

The usual suspects are preinstalled in the content blocker and can be activated with a click of the mouse. All of the embedded content will be converted so that it is displayed in a legally correct manner.

The usual suspects are preinstalled in the content blocker and can be activated with a click of the mouse. All of the embedded content will be converted so that it is displayed in a legally correct manner.

Tip for problems with ad blockers

I've had feedback from some readers that they have a see white box and get no furtherwhen they land on my blog. The problem here is obviously an ad blocker in Safari that hides the contents of the cookie box, but not the box itself. This means that there is no way for the visitor to close the box and read the blog. This has been the case at least with 1Blocker and AdGuard.

The solution for solving this problem looks like this: In the Borlabs settings, in the "Cookie Box" tab, switch the "Integration" option from JavaScript to HTML. In the HTML version, the complete cookie box was sometimes missing when people activated an AdBlocker, but at least the blog could still be read normally.

If there are problems with the display of the box, the integration is set to "HTML" in the settings. This helped me to repair incompatibilities with various ad blockers.

If there are problems with the display of the box, the integration is set to "HTML" in the settings. This helped me to repair incompatibilities with various ad blockers.

Borlabs Cookie prices

Even if the price of 39 euros per website and year hurts a bit, it is a good investment because the free plugins that are available are on the one hand quite complicated to use and on the other hand do not guarantee legal compliance. At Borlabs, they are constantly working to ensure that the plugin complies with the legal requirements of the EU. For agencies or people with multiple websites, there are also larger packages that can be purchased. 25 licenses (for 25 domains) cost only 149 euros. Instead of 39 euros per page, that's only 5,96 euros.

Borlabs Cookie Information, Downloads and More

You can find more information, details on usage and options to buy “Borlabs Cookie” as a WordPress plugin on the official website. There you will also find the other solutions that make your website legally secure and even faster. In addition to “Borlabs Cookie”, there is also “Borlabs Opt-In” for website forms and “Borlabs Cache” to speed up the website.

Anyone who likes moving images will find here is a video on YouTube, which gives a small overview of the possibilities and features of the Borlabs plugin.

In the developer's blog you will find current information, legal notices and answers to important questions about WordPress, legal security, plugins and cookies. As you can see above, I use the cookie plugin for the Sir Apfelot blog myself. So if you have basic questions or maybe a hint for better use, please leave a comment under this post;)

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3 comments

  1. Kae says:

    Thanks for your tip. Don't other plugins keep what they promise?

    • Sir Apfelot says:

      Hello Kae! You could put it that way. Especially with the free plugins, there are no legally savvy people sitting in the background who promptly program the requirements that currently apply. For example, all free plugins that I have used do not have a reference to the duration of the cookie runtime. At Borlabs, this is already stored in the most common services and is automatically displayed when you click on the details of the corresponding cookies.

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