Most users don’t really think about it, but unlike many other cookie banner solutions, Complianz is a fully WordPress native cookie banner plugin that works directly from your server! This is not by accident: when we started building Complianz we analyzed the different possible approaches and concluded that a cloud solution has no advantages to the user (see below), only to us as developers (it’s easy to prevent unlicensed use, ease of maintenance, quick roll-out of changes and so on).
When is a plugin a cloud service, and when is it a native WordPress plugin?
I’ve highlighted some of the main advantages of using a native WordPress application, as opposed to a cloud solution.
Your user’s data stays in their browser
If you follow the GDPR, you have to make sure that your user’s data is not shared with third parties without their consent. Only recently, a court decided that CookieBot, which stores user consent on a US server, can’t be used on the website of State University RheinMain. Reading that article, one might conclude that German websites can’t use CookieBot anymore.
(Using the discussed cloud service) leads to a transmission that is not permitted under the General Data Protection Regulation
This is not something that is limited to Cookiebot only. When using cloud services for your cookie banner, you always run the risk that your user’s data is stored on non-EU servers. Using a native WordPress solution prevents such issues.
Your data stays on your server
Using a native WordPress application without any cloud service behind it also makes sure your data is your own. The data you gather is stored on your server. For example, even if you generate a Records of Consent Database, this data is stored on your own web server and is not shared with Complianz.
Better performance in Web Vitals
Generally speaking, you can expect a cookie notice from third-party providers to have a greater impact on performance than a cookie notice that you build yourself.
Katie Hempenius on web.dev
A cookie notice that you build yourself, is effectively the same as using a native WordPress plugin. For the full article, read this very interesting article by Katie Hempenius on cookie banners and performance.
Full control over the application
Of course, we do our very best to make each update an improvement, so we strongly encourage everyone to regularly update! You are in control.
Using a native WordPress solution is preferable to a cloud solution for many reasons. As a developer, there are several advantages to setting things up as a cloud server, but for the website administrator, a native WordPress solution is by far the fastest and privacy-friendly solution.
|Cloud Services||Native WordPress plugins|
|Cookiebot||Complianz GDPR/CCPA by Complianz|
|CookiePro by OneTrust||GDPR Cookie Compliance by Moove agency|
|Cookie Information by Cookie Information||WordPress Real Cookie Banner by devowl|
|Cookie Notice & Compliance by hu-manity.co|
|The GDPR Framework By Data443|