In the past, we have talked about the most popular open source CMS in the world right now: WordPress. We have actually published this article about WordPress Theme Customizer and our PHP team has hands-on experience with WordPress development. So, obviously, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR on short) was to go into effect, some business owners had an increased interest on making their websites GDPR compliant and this generated an avalanche of questions and requests for technical implementations and updates.
While GDPR is quite a lot about internal processes for businesses and organisations (so it falls under the expertise of a legal adviser or an attorney), it also contains a technical component. Here at Infobest, we are keen to respect European and International regulations when developing software of any kind and consult our parteners in the process, so that they always get the best outcome.
Still, if your website or online shop is based on WordPress (+Woocommerce) and you would like to take up the challenge of making it GDPR compliant, we gathered a list of resources below.
#1. How WordPress Is Handling the Implementation of the GDPR
#2. What do I need to do next?
The fun thing about WordPress is the fact that – with the help of plugins and themes – it can help you, as a developer, use it for a wide variety of projects. You can build an online shop using Woocommerce, you can build a classifieds ads platform using premium themes like Classiera, AdForest, ClassifiedEngine or plugins like AWPCP Classifieds Plugin and Classifieds WP or you can build a real estate platform using custom types and taxonomies plus some custom fields. But all those projects, well, they mean processing and / or collecting data from the users. And in many cases, that data can be sensible (email addresses, phone numbers, names etc).
Even for a small presentation website, if you’d like to allow the users to send you an email via a contact form (like Contact form 7), you’d need to take additional actions to comply with GDPR. There are two options here:
- You use one or more plugins to generate all the functionality above for you. This sounds like the easy option, right? (Though you should consider the fact that plugins need to be maintained and may slow down the site a bit more than if you were to code those features yourself)
#3. WordPress GDPR Compliance Plugins
Here is a quick and easy path to having everything in place:
#3.1. Install WP GDPR Compliance – developed by
As alternative to this plugin, you can have a look over: WP GDPR (by AppSaloon, with 5,000+ active installations).
As alternatives to this plugin, you can have a look over: GDPR Cookie Compliance (20.000+ active installations), GDPR Cookie Consent (by webtoffee, 300.000+ active installations), Cookie Consent (by Catapult_Themes with 200.000+ active installations), Cookiebot | GDPR Compliant Cookie Consent and Notice (by Cybot A/S with 10,000+ active installations).
- Free Cookies policy, from the same website above
- Free Cookies policy template from Termsfeed
And because we are a software development company based in Romania, below you can find two templates for the local market
Disclaimer: this is by no means legal advice and is based entirely on our findings of this subject so far. Please seek proper legal advice on the subject if required and remember to check for the latest WordPress updates.