Does your site have the text “Just another WordPress site” in the header or title…
All websites collect information about their visitors in different ways.
In many countries (including the United States), websites are required by law to disclose the information they collect about their visitors, and how this information is used.
Here are some of the ways in which a typical WordPress site collects user information.
- Name and email address in comment forms.
- Comment form cookie which remembers a user’s name or email address.
- Name and email addresses submitted by user by using a contact form.
- Name and email address submitted to sign up for email list.
- Information collected when users register on a website.
- Google Analytics tracking.
- Facebook page plugin and like button cookies.
- Other social media platform widgets that track users.
- Advertising programs like Google Adsense which track users.
For those who don’t know, GDPR is a European Union (EU) law that gives its citizens control over their personal data.
This law applies to every business (including WordPress blogs) around the world, even if you are not from the EU countries.
For more details, you may read our ultimate guide on GDPR and understand its impact on your WordPress site.
- Information you collect about users visiting your website.
- Methods used to collect information, e.g. cookies and web beacons, sign up, registration, comment forms, etc.
- Mention all third-party advertisers collecting user information on your website like Google Adsense.
- How users can block cookies and opt-out of third party advertisements.
- Your contact information so that users can reach out if they have questions.
If you are using the default draft, then you need to click on the Edit link to make changes and publish it.
You will notice that it has sections for different ways a WordPress website may collect personal information. For example, comments, login cookies, embeds, and more.
It will also have sections with no information below them. For example, contact form and analytics.
As for contact forms, you can mention the information you collect and what it used for.
If you are using WPForms plugin to create contact form, then you can already create GDPR compliant contact forms.
For Google Analytics, you can follow this complete Google Analytics and GDPR compliance guide.
There are multiple ways to do this.
Let’s start with the easiest one.
Many WordPress themes come with widget-ready areas in the footer also called Footer sidebar. You can go to Appearance » Widgets page to confirm if your theme has a footer widget area.
First, you will need to create a new custom navigation menu.
Simply visit Appearance » Menus page to create a new custom menu. You will need to click on the ‘Create new menu’ link on the top.
Next, you need to provide a name for your navigation menu. After that, select pages from the left column and then click on the Add to menu button.
You would notice your selected pages appear under your newly created menu. You can now arrange menu items by simply moving them up or down.
Once you are done, don’t forget to click on the Save menu button to store your changes.
Now go to Appearance » Widgets page and add the ‘Navigation Menu’ widget to your footer widget area.
Now select the custom menu you created earlier in the widget settings and click on the save button to store your changes.
You’ll need to edit the footer.php file for your theme. If you haven’t done this before, then take a look at our guide on how to copy / paste code in WordPress..
In your footer.php file add the following HTML to an appropriate location just before the </body> tag.
Don’t forget to replace the