What is the best way to display a cookie notification? Is there an ultimate cookie consent example? Does it have to be formal or can I get creative with the copy? Due to the EU cookie law expanded with the GDPR in 2018, cookie messages have been among the most discussed topics in the community of website owners for quite some time. And if you’re now looking for the way to add one to your website, you’re on the right page.
Here is how to add a cookie message to your website
- slide-ins appearing in the lower left/right corner (illustrated above)
- floating bars placed at the top or the bottom of the page (illustrated below).
To quickly recreate one for your website, follow these steps:
- Open your GetSiteControl dashboard
- Click Create widget and choose Promo
- On the Appearance tab, choose a color and position for your cookie widget
Now, one more detail before we finish. It’s almost equally important to notify your website visitors about cookies and to stay unobtrusive at the same time. That means you should fine-tune the cookie banner behavior settings. So, on the Behavior tab, select the following option:
Stop to display the widget — after the user performs the action.
Here, the action is a visitor clicking the “I agree” or “Understood” button on your cookie notification, and once they do, the banner will not be displayed anymore. Once everything is set up, you can save the widget and activate it.
What you should include to your cookie notification
- An eye-catching banner appearing at once during the first visit
- An interactive element (a button) to collect active consent from your website visitors
Cookie consent examples
Here is an example. Notice how INUSUAL (below) uses a left-side slide-in designed to match their website’s color theme. This feature is available on the Appearance tab and allows you to quickly configure a set of colors that go well with your website.
What most cookie messages have in common is a brief explanation of the reason cookies are used. Some of the most frequently named reasons are the following:
- Better experience delivery
- Website traffic analysis
- Website performance optimization
Some website owners get creative with the copy and the image. And that might be a great idea because it attracts user attention and helps you create a positive experience. Take TheNextWeb as an example:
This cookie banner hasn’t been made in GetSiteControl but given that you can upload any image from your desktop and tweak the copy as long as it doesn’t defeat the purpose of the cookie notification, you can recreate something similar on your website as well.
If you’re looking for more cookie consent examples, there is a good roundup collected by Termsfeed, a Terms and Conditions generating website. And if you’re ready to create your own cookie message, go ahead and sign in to your GetSiteControl account.