Although cookie use has been monitored for years through the ePrivacy Directive (commonly referred to as the EU Cookie Law), the growing demand for tighter privacy standards involving browser cookies has catapulted cookie-deployment and consent requirements into a new era of digital rights.
At the heart of those new rules is user consent.
1. What is the Cookie Consent Manager?
The cookie consent manager will help you complete four essential tasks:
1. Scan your website for cookies
The first component of the cookie consent manager is the cookie scan. Once you’ve entered the URL that you want to be scanned, we’ll send robots to crawl each page of that domain.
These robots will log the details of all the cookies your site uses — including delayed cookies, such as those used by Google Tag Manager (GTM).
Keep in mind that our crawlers will obey any no-follow rules written into your robots.txt file and not crawl those pages.
Once the scan is complete, a report will be compiled that details the cookies found on your site, and automatically classifies them into the following categories:
- Performance and functionality
- Analytics and customization
- Social networking
3. Configure a cookie consent banner
- Present users with the categories of cookies you employ, asking them to check those which they consent to the use of (this option will only appear to users who choose to customize their preferences rather than agreeing to all cookies)
4. Track and record user consents
As users enter your site and consent to your cookies through the consent banner, the cookie consent manager will log those consents and track the preferences that users designate.
A log of these details is available to Pro+ plan members at any time through the Termly dashboard.
2. How to Get Started
Step #1: Scan
Hit the “Scan Now” button to begin the cookie consent manager setup process. Once you enter the URL of the site you wish to scan, our robots will crawl your site and start gathering information about your cookie use.
The initial scan will take less than five minutes, but our robots will continue scanning for the next 24 hours to ensure that all of your cookies are discovered.
Step #2: Enter business information
While we scan your site, you can go ahead and enter your business information.
Step #3: Review the cookie scan results
Once our scan is complete, we’ll notify you of the results and ask that you review our findings.
Although we will try to classify your cookies using our extensive database of over 2000 recognizable cookies, if we find ones that are not yet classified, we’ll ask you to do so here.
Step #4: Customize your consent banner
The first step in configuring your consent banner is choosing how and where you would like it to appear to your customers. For example, you may choose to have your cookie consent agreement displayed as a bar, modal, or tooltip.
Not sure what each of these looks like? Don’t worry! We’ll give you previews of each customization option you choose, so you can see exactly how it will look on your site.
You’ll also be presented with the option of where on your site you would like your agreement to appear – for instance, if you’d prefer your banner to show up at the top or bottom of a page.
Next, you’ll get to customize your agreement even further to match your brand by adjusting its unique style. You can play around with the following elements of your consent banner:
- Background color
- Text style
- Button color
- Button text color
Step #5: Install the consent banner on your site
Finally, now that you’ve finished perfecting your consent banner, it’s time to install it on your site.
We’ll give you a code snippet that you can easily embed on your site, so your cookie consent banner will be displayed to all of your users.
Don’t forget to implement script blocking capabilities, so you don’t deploy cookies before getting user consent. We’ll walk you through how to do this in our step-by-step cookie consent manager implementation guide.
After you’ve embedded the link on your site, we’ll check your URL to ensure that the banner has been installed properly.
And just like that, you have a cookie consent banner!
To help your business comply with laws like the GDPR and the EU Cookie Law, set up your cookie consent manager today!