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’d prefer written instructions, just keep reading.
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, it lists comments, login cookies, embeds, and more.
It will also have sections with no information below them, including contact form and analytics.
As for contact forms, you can mention the information you collect and what it is used for.
If you are using the WPForms plugin to create a contact form, then you can already create GDPR compliant contact forms.
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 the Footer sidebar. You can go to the 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 the Appearance » Menus page to create a new custom menu. You will need to click on the ‘Create a new menu’ link on the top.
After that, you can enter a name for your menu and then click the ‘Create Menu’ button.
Next, you need to select pages from the left column to add to your menu.
After selecting them, simply click on the ‘Add to Menu’ button.
You should notice your selected pages appear under your newly created menu. You can now arrange menu items by clicking and dragging them up or down.
Once you are done, don’t forget to click on the ‘Save Menu’ button to store your changes.
For more help with creating menus, you can see our beginner’s guide on how to create navigational menus in WordPress.
Now go to the Appearance » Widgets page and then click the ‘+’ button to add a ‘Navigation Menu’ widget block.
Next, you can optionally enter a title for your widget.
Then select your menu from the dropdown menu.
Once you’ve made the changes, don’t forget to click the Update button on your widgets page.
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