Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ’session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by other websites who serve up content on that site (‘third party cookies’).

Summary of Cookies
Cookie Type Duration Description
Post or Comment Persistent 1 Year If you leave a comment on the website e.g. on a page, article or blog post, then a cookie may be stored to ‘remember’ your email address for the next time you post (should you choose the “remember me” option).
Cookie Policy Persistent 1 Year In the footer of each web page on this site you will see a message alerting you of our privacy and cookie policy. If you’ve seen this message once, you probably won’t want to see it again. We use a cookie to remember this setting. User data is all anonymous. The cookie (eucookielaw) is set when you accept the website cookie policy
Google Analytics Persistent 2 Year To understand how people use our site, and to discover areas on our site with issues, we use Google Analytics. Most websites use some sort of analytics program like this. The data it collects helps us to see things like how many people visit our site, which country they are from, how many pages they visited, how fast our site loaded, and so on. All data collected is completely anonymous, it does not identify you as an individual in any way.

  • _ga: Used to distinguish users.
  • _gid: Used to distinguish users.
  • _gat: Used to throttle request rate.

 
These first party cookies allow Google Analytics to:

  • Determine which domain to measure
  • Distinguish unique users
  • Throttle the request rate
  • Remember the number and time of previous visits
  • Remember traffic source information
  • Determine the start and end of a session
  • Remember the value of visitor-level custom variables
WordPress Persistent Persistent 1 Year WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) that runs this website. It uses a cookie when logging in and out and is essential for proper website operation. It is only set if you are a registered user, so for most people it is not set at all. User data is all anonymous.

  • wp-settings-{time}-[UID]: This is used to remember and customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
WordPress Session Session WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) that runs this website. It uses a cookies when logging in and out and is essential for proper website operation. It is only set if you are a registered user, so for most people it is not set at all. User data is all anonymous.

  • wordpress_test_cookie: Set by wordpress to check that cookies can be set. Only set when when you log in to wordpress.
  • wordpress_[hash]: On login, wordpress uses this cookie to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/.
  • wordpress_logged_in_[hash]: After login, wordpress sets the cookie, which indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are.