Instructions for using the Borlabs Cookie Plugin in WordPress
In 2019, the European Court of Justice ruled that cookie opt-ins could be issued with a warning. Accordingly, the question of the use of a cookie banner does not arise, but of the implementation of such a banner. This is exactly where the “Borlabs Cookie” comes in. This is an opt-in solution that enables the control of first and third party cookies and the obtaining of consent from the website visitor via a cookie banner.
Setup of the Borlabs Cookie Plugin
A quick start guide can be found on the “Borlabs Cookie” dashboard. The check of the error-free function can be carried out at any time after the installation via the dashboard. The dashboard also gives the operator an overview by means of statistics of how often the website visitor has accepted or rejected the cookie settings.
In order to activate the cookie plug-in and to be able to make further settings, the general settings must be called up. Settings for “Cross Domain Cookies” can also be made on this page. This is particularly interesting when operating several websites. The cookie can be used to transfer the settings that are made via a certain path to other domains (if specified).
Animation or the logo, the display of buttons and texts can be set via this menu. In addition, at the bottom there is the possibility to make the settings using CSS.
Setting options for the content and script blocker
The blocking of iFrames, which are embedded in videos, for example, can be done using content blocker. The block message can be individually adapted to the website. However, some content is blocked by default by the “Borlabs Cookie” plug-in. This includes Google Maps, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo and OpenStreetMap. However, these can be adjusted and new ones added at any time. The changes to the name and the URLs for the data protection information and the host can be made in the respective settings. Furthermore, a shortcut can be found under this point, through which only certain contents of a provider can be blocked. The respective API key can be made under the point additional settings. A Host Allow list can be created in the general settings of the content blocker. The content blocker is then not active for the hosts specified in the list. The representation of the blocker can also be adjusted here.
The “Borlabs Cookie” plugin also has an import and export function. This allows various settings, for example for the content blocker, to be imported or exported. To import a setting, it must be copied from the export box and pasted into the import box of another WordPress installation.
Advantages of the “Borlabs Cookie” plugin
By using the “Borlabs Cookie” plug-in, shortcodes can be inserted into the data protection information on the website. Through this, the website visitor can see which cookies have been accepted. These are shown in a cookie list. There is also a button with which the consent for certain cookie groups can be revoked.
The “Borlabs Cookie” plug-in has a number of other beneficial functions. By purchasing the license for the plug-in, a fully functional beta version of the TCF of IAB Europe is made available for download. This is intended to create a GDPR-compliant solution for digital advertising. The accessibility enables people with a visual impairment to control the cookie box via the keyboard. In addition to the prioritization mode, which preferentially executes opt-ins, the plug-in can be used in several languages. However, the integration of a plugin such as WPML or Polylang is recommended for the implementation of multilingualism. The Google Tag Manager can also be used with the Borlabs Cookie “plug-in” without any problems.
Acquisition of the plugin
The “Borlabs Cookie” is offered in a license model. The current license information can be called up at any time in the license settings. The domain for which the plugin is used can be changed under this menu item. In addition, the plug-in can be tested in a test environment before purchasing a license.
Alternative plugins to implement the GDPR
There are alternatives for the “Borlabs Cookie” plugin. On the one hand the WP DSGVO Tools plugin. The plugin is also a consent tool with the advantage of an integrated data protection and imprint generator. The scope of the functions only differs in a few points. On the other hand, Pixelmate. As one of the first plugins to implement the GDPR for WordPress, the function was limited to Facebook Pixel and Google Analytics. In the meantime, the range of functions has been expanded to include other integrations such as YouTube and Instagram. Similar to the “Borlabs Cookie” plug-in, Pixelmate has a script blocker.