How to enable the cookie banner in Squarespace (and other options)

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Cookies anyone?

Since sharing my exact (four) steps I took to get GDPR ready, I've been asked numerous times what Cookie Plugin I'm using for my Cookie Banner to pop up like that... 

It's not a Plug-In. I've enabled Squarespace's inbuilt Cookie Banner. 

And in this Blog I show you HOW I did it. 

I'll also explain, why Squarespace's Cookie Banner may not be GDPR sufficient (just yet). And we'll talk about other options. 

But let me show you click by click...

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The YouTube tutorial

Like the video? Check out my YouTube channel here. >>

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Here's the promised link to The Big 3 GDPR package I purchased from Disclaimer Template™.

Since the video and my GDPR blog, James Chiodo (Disclaimer Template™), my Privacy Professional, has created an even more special package just for me. To share with YOU. And yes it's an affiliate link. It has my name on it. Literally! ;) That's because, at this stage, I worked with the guy a lot. He over-delivers. And he went all out on this value-packed package and charges pittance for it.

I'm still giving you both links though. The "Big 3" and this new GDPR package (for friends of Kerstin Begley). I wanted you to see and decide for yourself. Take it from me, the new package is even better than the one I purchased! And James Chiodo keeps on over-delivering. Plus, he's the most helpful person I know. 

If you prefer the written version of the video, keep scrolling... 📜

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Enabling the Cookie Banner in Squarespace

For this you can also check out Squarespace's latest post on Adding a cookie banner.

Here's what I did...

  1. In your Home Menu go into Settings
  2. Go into Cookies & Visitor Data
  3. Click Enable Cookie Banner
  4. Add your cookie text or use Squarespace's default cookie message
  5. Make sure to include a link to your Cookie Policy (on a stand-alone page)
  6. Check the box Disable Squarespace Analytics
  7. Click Save
Squarespace's original Cookie Banner look

Squarespace's original Cookie Banner look

Customised Cookie Banner

Customised Cookie Banner

In the video I mention (and show) a code to style and customise your Squarespace Cookie Banner. I got the original code from Kerstin Martin, a fellow website creator. Here is her blog for more details (including the code)...

HOW to enter the code:

  1. Go into Design
  2. Go into Custom CSS
  3. Paste the code into the window that pops up
  4. Customise the code to match your brand
  5. Click Save

As soon as you click Save, your beautiful new Squarespace Cookie Banner will appear. It's like magic. Thanks, Kerstin M., for sharing. 

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Cookie categories and real choice

James Chiodo, Privacy Professional and CEO at Disclaimer Template™ pointed out, you have to give your website users "real choice over cookies".

Squarespace's Cookie Banner is not doing that just yet. So, until that happens, in addition to using its cookie banner, I also have my Cookie Policy on a stand-alone page on my website, as recommended by James Chiodo. Until I found the right (GDPR compliant) cookie banner software.

There are different kinds of categories when it comes to cookies. And users/website visitors need to be able to pick their own preferences.

The three cookie software options James recommended (see resources below), offers that "real choice over cookies"

One of them is Civic UK (my favourite). Their tagline is...

"The original cookie solution, updated for GDPR."  

(And they have a FREE version too. Perfect!)

I like Civic UK because they explain everything first in an easy-to-understand way on their site.

GDPR requires consent to be given explicitly for all categories of cookies of your website. For instance a user might consent to the use of analytics cookies but not marketing ones, in case you use both.

Cookie Control offers you the means to achieve this, but you need to specify the categories of cookies your website uses. You will then be able to customise what happens when a user consents to a certain category. You could for example run Google Analytics only after the user consents to the “Analytics” category.
— Civic UK

And in their own cookie banner (as an example), they make it nice and clear for people to choose their preferred categories:

  1. NECESSARY COOKIES enable core functionality. The website cannot function properly without these cookies, and can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.
  2. ANALYTICAL COOKIES help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on its usage.
  3. SOCIAL SHARING PLUGINS, to allow you to share certain pages of our website on social media. These plugins place cookies so that you can correctly view how many times a page has been shared.

And that's what it means giving website visitors real choice over cookies.

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Resources/links mentioned in the video

THE GDPR package - Tons of templates (in one package) & so much more to get you (properly) GDPR ready

● My GDPR Blog with My EXACT (4) steps to get GDPR-ready (shared over 800 times!)

● Cookie software suggestions by a Privacy Professional. (They all have a free version):

  1. (this is the one I'm leaning towards)
  2. (lets just say the free version doesn't look very appealing)
  3. (the most expensive)

● Kerstin Martin's Cookie Banner Blog for more details and original code (to style your Squarespace Cookie Banner).

I hope this Blog helped you. Let me know in the comments below. 

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