- Explains what cookies are
- Explains the different types of cookie
- Explains how you can manage your cookies
- Lists the cookies this site uses
- What is a Cookie?
When someone is using a computer to browse a website, a personalised cookie file can be sent from the website's server to the person's computer. The cookie is stored on the person's computer. At some time in the future, the person may browse that website again. The website can send a message to the person's browser, asking if a cookie from the website is already stored on that computer. If the cookie is found, then the data that was stored in the cookie before can be used by the website to tell the website about the person's previous activity.
Examples of typical website cookie usage include:
- Shopping carts - remembering the items you have in your basket etc.
- Traffic logs - recording the pages you visit so website owners can optimise website content for user needs
- Advertising - remembering which advertisements have already been shown
- What are the different types of Cookie?
Most cookies are deleted as soon as you close your browser - these are called session cookies. Website pages have no memories. A user going from page to page will be treated by the website as a completely new visitor. Session cookies enable the website you are visiting to keep track of your movement from page to page so you don't get asked for the same information you've already given to the site.
A few cookies may be stored on your computer until you delete them or they expire - these are called persistent cookies. Persistent cookies enable websites to "remember" your information and settings when you visit them in the future - thereby providing faster and more convenient access. Examples of features made possible by persistent cookies include: authentication, language selection, theme selection, menu preferences, internal site bookmarks or favorites, among many others.
All cookies have an owner - usually the domain name of the website (e.g. charlieturner.co.uk), but some cookies are set for the website by other service providers. These are called third-party cookies. Examples of such services include: advertising, social media "likes" & "shares", traffic analytics, embedded maps/videos etc.
- What are the different categories of Cookie?
- Strictly Necessary - Cookies that are essential for websites to perform their basic functions.
- Functionality - Cookies used to store user preferences.
- Performance - Cookies that record usage data - e.g. which pages are visited etc.
- Advertising/Tracking - Cookies that display, manage and measure ads. PLEASE NOTE: This site does not use this category of cookies..
- How can I manage Cookies?
Web users have various feelings about cookies. Some people don't care about them, whilst others view them as an unconscionable invasion of privacy. You get to decide for yourself. Whichever web browser you use to surf the web, it provides settings that control which sites can store cookies on your computer.
There are a number of ways to manage cookies. You can clear cookies, prevent cookies, delete cookies and enable cookies at your will and for differernt circumstances. If you use different computers in different locations you will need to ensure that each browser is adjusted to suit your cookie preferences.
By using this site without disabling cookies you will be indicating that you are happy for cookies that appear in section 5 ("Cookies used by this site") below to be placed on your computer. You can disable these cookies at any time by adjusting the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use some of the features on our website without some of the cookies.
For information on how to manage cookies for your browser(s), please click on the applicable link below:
- Cookies used by this site
Below is a list of the cookies used by this site. For further information about a given cookie, please click on the appropriate "More Info" link.
Cookie Name(s): Type1/Cat2 Purpose: More Info: wordpress_test_cookie s/SN WordPress - Used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies More Info wordpress_* p/SN WordPress - For users who log in only. On login, WordPress uses the wordpress_[hash] cookie to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/. More Info wordpress_logged_in_* p/SN WordPress - For users who log in only. After login, WordPress sets the wordpress_logged_in_[hash] cookie, which indicates when you're logged in, and who you are, for most interface use. More Info wp-settings-* p/SN WordPress - For users who log in only. This is used to customize your view of the admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. More Info comment_author_* p/F WordPress - For visitors who comment on our blog. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won't need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. More Info
_ga & _gid
p/P Google Analytics - Provides us with statistics about use of our website.
Used to distinguish users.
Used to throttle request rate.
p/SN Wordfence - Wordfence provides security services to protect our website.
Verify if the visitor is a bot (a computer program) or a human.
2 - SN=Strictly Necessary / F=Functionality / P=Performance / A=Advertising
- What are the different categories of Cookie?