Cookies Policy

This site only uses standard WordPress and Google Analytics cookies. Cookies are small files that a website inserts on your hard-drive when you visit a website. Google Analytics uses these to track visits to our site and your journey through it. You may delete and block these, but parts of the site may not work if you do so. Therefore by using and/or registering on our site, you agree to the use of cookies by us.

WordPress Cookies

After login, wordpress sets the wordpress_logged_in_[hash] cookie, which indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use.

WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customise your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.

When visitors comment on your blog, they too get cookies stored on their computer. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. Altogether three are set for commenters:

  • comment_author_{HASH}
  • comment_author_email_{HASH}
  • comment_author_url_{HASH}

These are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set.

Google Analytics

  • Name: utma
  • Content: randomly generated number
  • Used for: identifying unique visitors
  • Expires: 2 years
  • Name: _utmb and _utmc
  • Content: randomly generated number
  • Used for: identifying the current session
  • Expires: 30 minutes
  • Name: _utmz
  • Typical content: randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached
  • Used for: tracking how visitors came to our website
  • Expires: 6 months