Cookie Consent

The only cookie consent plugin you’ll ever need

Cookie Consent is one of the simplest and most popular cookie notification plugins out there. It’s been actively developed and supported since 2012 and is rated 4.8 / 5 by WordPress users with over 80,000 active installations.

You can download the plugin from the repository here.


Any support questions, please post them to the forum.


You can see the plugin in action here.


One of the most popular aspects of the plugin is its simplicity of use. The new version is no different – simply install and activate the plugin to automatically add the cookie consent notification bar without any need to configure it. On activation, the plugin creates and populates a page on your site with information about your cookie policy and automatically links to the page from the notification bar. So if you’re using the default settings, it’s a matter of seconds to get up and running.

New Features

We’ve extended the options with the plugin and in version 2.0, we’ve added many new features, including:

  • Choice of dismissal method – either on click by the user or timed or on scroll
  • Choice of dismissal element – either button or ‘x’ close
  • Option to show the notification on the first page only – subsequent pages visited by the user will not display the message
  • Option to hide the notification on selected pages and posts
  • Choice of position – either top or bottom bar, or floating in one of the corners of the screen
  • Better translation support – officially WPML compatible
  • Better responsive support
  • More customization options – including the ability to update styles from within the customizer
  • Inherits your theme styles where possible
  • The option to use an absolute or external URL to link to for further information
  • Set the cookie duration
  • Set the cookie version – updating a version will reset the cookie on all user sites


Settings can be found at Settings > Cookie Consent:



Determine how the user can dismiss the notification – either by clicking, scrolling or automatically after a set time

First Page Only

Only display the notification on the first page the user visits

Selectively Exclude Pages

Check this option to enable a metafield on all pages and posts. Selecting the metafield will hide the notification on that page or post.

Notification Duration

If you have set ‘Close’ to ‘Timed’ you can specify how many seconds the notification will display before automatically closing

Cookie Expiry

Set how many days the cookie should be valid for

Cookie Version

Set a version number for the cookie. Updating the version will reset the cookie for every user – this can be useful if you update terms


Heading Text

If you are using the floating corner notification style, you can add a heading.

Notification Text

This first part of the notification message

More Info Text

This forms the anchor text when linking to a page for further information

More Info Page

Select a page from your site

More Info URL

Add an absolute URL to a page on your site or on an external site. This will override the More Info Page setting

More Info Target

Whether to open the page in the same tab or a new tab

Accept Text

If you have a button to dismiss the notification, this is the button text


You can update these settings here or live in the Customizer.


Where to display the notification

Container Class

Optional class to add to the notification

Include Stylesheet

Deselect this if you are using your own styles

Rounded Corners

Round the corners on the block-style notification only

Drop Shadow

Only on the block-style notification

Use X Close

Hide the close button and use a simple ‘x’ icon instead

Text Color

The color for the text in the notification. By default will inherit from the theme

Background Color

The notification background color

Link Color

The link color. By default will inherit from the theme

Button Color

The text color for the button. By default will inherit from the theme

Button Background

The background color for the button. By default will inherit from the theme

Implied Consent

We think this is the simplest but most effective method of dealing with the legislation – a straightforward approach to help you comply with the EU directive regarding usage of website cookies. It follows the notion of “implied consent” and makes the assumption that most users who choose not to accept cookies will do so for all websites. A user to your site is presented with a clear yet unobtrusive notification that the site is using cookies and may then acknowledge and dismiss the notification or click to find out more. The plug-in automatically creates a new page with pre-populated information on cookies and how to disable them, which you may edit further if you wish.

Importantly, the plug-in does not disable cookies on your site or prevent the user from continuing to browse the site. Several plug-ins have adopted the “explicit consent” approach which obliges users to opt in to cookies on your site. This is likely to deter visitors.

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37 thoughts on “Cookie Consent

Is it possible to make exceptions? I’d like to have a few pages without showing the cookie consent.
Can that be done?


Is the message only shown when a user is visiting from a location in the EU?


Hi, is there any documentation on how this works with WPML and how to save different translations to be displayed for different language sites? Thanks


Hi, can you point me to documentation about WPML and how to include different translations? Currently, if I change the cookie text in the English version, then select say Russian in WPML and then change the cookie text again, then I will have the Russian cookie text both on English pages AND Russian pages. How can I enter translations to be displayed ONLY for the right language?? (sorry, I forgot to include my email earlier) Thanks


Maybe best to contact me direct on info[at] so that I can take a look?


Trying to get GeoIP to work with no luck. What do you think I am doing wrong?


Found the answer myself:
“Do you have the ‘Add a country-specific CSS class to the Tag’ checkbox selected in Settings > GeoIP Detection?”


I would like to change the text size in Cookie consent. Could you please give me a CSS?
Thank you so much.


is it possible to translate the main message through .pot? I don’t want to use WPML!


Yes, you can translate the plugin in this way. Please consider contributing your translation so that others can use it. Let me know if you need more information.

Thank you.



This one is the best I’ve seen so far.

How can I make it multilanguage? I’m using WPML, does it support it?


Hi – yes, it supports WPML.


Could you give me a hint how to translate it?


There’s a WPML xml file included with the plugin. I think that should be enough to get started?


I haz no idea 😀 I’m no programmist. I jus want to make it display different information in different site language and also redirect to different link after clicking “read more”.

I’ve tried string translation in WPML but with no effect.

If you look for ‘String Translations’ in your WPML menu, you should be able to update the notification text for each language.


I’ve been doing this wrong all the time but I did this, works like a charm 😀 thank you for help.


Could you add the ability to change the colour of the “X” – as it stays black, which obviously doesn’t show well on dark colours – thanks!


Hi, is it possible to make it smaller? I have the bottom position active and i vant it to be like 3 or 4 px more than the text.


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