Cookies

What are cookies?

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, they are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other devices when websites are loaded in a browser, to improve your experience. They are widely used to remember you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a session cookie) or for multiple repeat visits (using a persistent cookie). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors and perform essential functions, such as allowing users to register and remain logged in.

Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as first party cookies), or by other websites who serve up content on that site (third party cookies).

This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the sites functionality.

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

Read more about how to disable cookies at the end of this policy.

The Cookies We Set

If you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out however in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences when logged out.

We use cookies when you are logged in so that we can remember this fact. This prevents you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.

This site offers e-commerce or payment facilities and some cookies are essential to ensure that your order is remembered between pages so that we can process it properly.

When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

In order to provide you with a great experience on this site we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page is affected by your preferences.

Third Party Cookies

In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.

Third party analytics are used to track and measure usage of this site so that we can continue to produce engaging content. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site or pages you visit which helps us to understand how we can improve the site for you.

As we sell products it’s important for us to understand statistics about how many of the visitors to our site actually make a purchase and as such this is the kind of data that these cookies will track. This is important to you as it means that we can accurately make business predictions that allow us to monitor our advertising and product costs to ensure the best possible price.

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including; Facebook, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

Cookies set by Jetpack

Cookies are used by Jetpack in a variety of ways. The cookies set will depend on the specific features that are enabled on a site. The cookies are only set when a user interacts with one of these features, or to allow admin functions to be performed from within the site’s dashboard (/wp-admin).

Further details are provided in the following tables, which list the various cookies that are set for visitors and registered users of sites with the Jetpack plugin installed.

Cookies set upon visitor interaction

Jetpack Comments

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
comment_author_{HASH} 347 days Remembers the value entered into the comment form‘s name field. Specific to the site from which it is set. This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress software for commenting purposes.
comment_author_email_{HASH} 347 days Remembers the value entered into the comment form‘s email field. Specific to the site from which it is set. This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress software for commenting purposes.
comment_author_url_{HASH} 347 days Remembers the value entered into the comment form‘s URL field. Specific to the site from which it is set. This cookie mirrors one set by the core WordPress software for commenting purposes

Mobile Theme

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
akm_mobile 3.5 days Remembers whether or not a user wishes to view the mobile version of a site.

Subscriptions

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
jetpack_comments_subscribe_{HASH} 347 days Remembers the state of the post and comment subscriptioncheckboxes.
jetpack_blog_subscribe_{HASH} 347 days Remembers the state of the post and comment subscriptioncheckboxes.

EU Cookie Law Banner

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
eucookielaw 30 days Remembers the state of visitor acceptance to the EU Cookie Law banner.

Cookies set for registered users / admins

General

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
jetpackState[message] session Stores the state message passed back to the user across requests
regarding module activation.
jetpackState[error] session Stores the state’s error type passed back to the user across requests regarding module activation.
jetpackState[error_description] session Stores the state’s error description passed back to the user across requests regarding module activation.
jetpackState[module] session Stores the state’s module name passed back to the user across requests regarding module activation.
jetpackState[privacy_checks] session Stores modules that may require additional privacy-related verification for private sites so that we can properly communicate these to the user.
jetpackState[php_errors] session Stores any PHP errors found just before PHP shuts down execution.
jetpackState[deactivated_plugins] session Stores the names of any standalone plugins that needed to be deactivated by Jetpack so that these can be communicated back to the user.
jetpackState[network_nag] session Stores a true value if Jetpack is network-activated, and the plugin needs to communicate to the user that they must connect it on each child site of the network.

Jetpack Protect

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
jpp_math_pass 1 day Remembers if a user has successfully completed a math captcha to prove that they’re a real human.

Secure Sign On

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
jetpack_sso_redirect_to 1 hour Allows for redirect URLs to be stored, which is necessary for Secure Sign On to work.
jetpack_sso_remember_me 1 hour Stores me values locally, rather than requiring them to be passed to WordPress.com each time.
jetpack_sso_wpcom_name_{HASH} 1 week or cleared after successful login Remembers the WordPress.com display name to show on login page.
jetpack_sso_wpcom_gravatar_{HASH} 1 week or cleared after successful login Remembers URL of the Gravatar image to show on login page.
jetpack_sso_original_request 1 hour Stores the URL of the original login request.
jetpack_sso_nonce 10 minutes Used for nonce verification.

Stats

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
stnojs 2 days The Stats feature sets this admin-area-only cookie if the user requests to view stats reports without javascript turned on.

Registered on the site, but not connected to WordPress.com

Cookie Name Duration Purpose
tk_ai session Stores a randomly-generated anonymous ID. This is only used within the admin area.

Some Jetpack features make use of third-party applications and services to enhance the experience of visitors. These include social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter (via our Sharing feature). As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over or access to the information that is collected by these cookies.

Additional cookies are set for those using wp-admin, and through the connected WordPress.com account.

Controlling cookies

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies, or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behavior, such as the length of time they are stored — either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third-party plugins.

To find out more about how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. For more details about advertising cookies, and how to manage them, visit youronlinechoices.eu (EU based), or aboutads.info (US based).

It’s important to note that restricting or disabling the use of cookies can limit the functionality of sites, or prevent them from working correctly.

More Information

Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site.

However if you are still looking for more information then you can contact us through one of our preferred contact methods. This Cookies Policy was created with the help of the CookiePolicyGenerator.com

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0161 688 7049