New in version 2.0 - Most of these additions are the result of user requests:
- 5 methods for display: Message, JS Confirm, Module, Modal or Ribbon.
- 1 method to just remove and prevent cookies.
- Option to decline - which shows a minimal message allowing users to reconsider.
- Option to remove cookies after they've been accepted.
- Option to display only to users visiting from EU countries.
- Option to log users who have accepted cookies (persuant to laws in certain EU countries)
- Option to block 3rd party cookies (requires PHP 5.3)
- Option to customize or omit the CSS style for certain output methods.
- 87% more awesome, bringing the total amount of awesome to 187%.
Update 1.8 - Joomla 1.5 long-term cookie test revised.
Update 2.6 - resolved bug in module when geoplugin enabled.
Update 2.7 - resolves issue with non-html pages
Update 2.9 - removed code that disabled geoplugin which was added for local testing
Update 2.10 - repaired bug on cookie checker code
Update 2.13 - Add Joomla 3.x compatibility and jQuery/Mootools framework option.
Update 2.14 - logging bugfix - if you use logging - definitely upgrade!
Joomla 1.5 users - please be patient. I am still backporting the J2.5 version! Joomla 1.5 is so inflexible compared to 2.5, I may not be able to replicate all of the functionality...
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It blocked Google cookies until the user accepted cookies, but all other cookies were set prior to consent.
This is probably okay in the UK where the ICO has accepted presumed consent.
But whilst the package has lots and lots of useful features, an option for presumed consent is not one of them.
I was able to get two display modes working - modal and ribbon and with the options for CSS styling this was enough flexibility.
If either a presumed consent option is added or if its improved so that it blocks all cookies as advertised (is this even possible???) I'd continue to use it.
As it is I am not sure whether it is even possible to block all third party cookies.
Regarding cookies not blocked - you may have had session cookies already present or cookies from a subdomain (which are inaccessible). I worked very hard to be certain that I was not making a claim that I couldn't back-up when I said it blocks all cookies.
And regarding implied consent - yeah, ICO changed the rules mid-game and I haven't adapted. There are a few other free extensions in this category that operate only in the implied consent model, so you have options.
Thanks for the review! As a developer, I can tell you that the ratio of reviews to downloads is very very low.
Any extension that relies on cookies will be affected by my extension blocking all cookies. That wasn't clear?
This extension is absolutely brilliant for ease of use, particularly with the support I received from Mike by Email.
Cross Browser Compatibility is not an issue with this extension. Thanks again to Mike for being most helpful and for a brilliant extension.
One question, if we want to edit the text shown in the ribbon, which is the correct file?
The best thing to do is use the Language Manager - Overrides within Joomla /administrator. It's easy and it survives extension/joomla updates!
This extension covers it all. I used the the top ribbon oprion and displayed the module in my side menu section. I was able to remove /and or edit the displayed text to suit my site. I can't believe how good this is!! I included an opacity section in the ribbon CSS files which lets me see the web site header behind the cookie banner. After accepting cookies the module content updates and if I then choose to click remove cookies the module then displays a enable cookies button. Then when clicking "enable cookies" button up pops the ribbon bar again. It is just fantastic and thank you so much for this.
The only point is that although I've created el-GR files by translating the en-GB.plg_system_eprivacy.ini file, the letters are not somehow "compatible" and strange symbols are shown in place of the greek letters.
You might want to verify that your editor is saving the file with the UTF-8 format.
I would like to see an option to display the Accept/Decline block prominently at the top (and disappearing when one of the selections is made) with the "reconsider" block less prominently displayed at the bottom. This may be covered somewhere else in these reviews, and I'll plough through them to see if I understand them!
You might try using the ribbon display option, with the module placed in an inconspicuous place. This way, the "accept cookies" request is prominent (at the top) with the reconsider/remove is placed in a less prominent position.
The other really neat future is the very granular control you have over which content is displayed to users who have either accepted, or rejected cookies. This really puts the plugin head-and-shoulders above the rest in my opinion, as it means I can effectively disable *any* third-party content on my site which sets cookies using joomla view levels, which ensures no cookies will be set for users who have rejected cookies.
The only issue I've encountered with the plugin, is when a user, who has accepted cookies, clears their browser cookie cache (but not their DOM Storage cache). This results in the plugin thinking the user has accepted cookies, but the site does not display any of the cookie-reliant content. I've e-mailed the author about this issue with a hope that there might be a fix.
All in all a brilliant plugin which does as good, if not better job than some of the commercial samples I've seen!
I will have a fix for that scenario soon. Thanks for the great review!
Lets see... You could modify the CSS - which I provide within the plugin configuration, or you could override the output - because I conveniently wrote the extension using the MVC pattern specifically so this could be done, or you could have asked a question of me directly - which would have preserved my extension rating.
Had a few niggles with it on a couple of pages, contacted Michael and he had it fixed very promptly. A++