What are cookies?

Cookies are little pockets of information that are designed to improve your browsing experience. Some cookies keep you logged into a website, some provide advertisements based on your browsing history and some help the creators of the website to improve its functionality.

Which cookies do we use?

WSD uses a few different sorts of cookies on our website. The descriptions and the functions of each cookie are below.

Session tracking cookies

We use session tracking cookies to remember where you've been on our website. Without these cookies, every time you clicked a new page you would be treated as a new user. These cookies expire whenever you leave the website. They do not retain any personally identifiable information.

Cookie name Used for
cookie_notice_accepted www.wsd.org.uk

WordPress cookies

These cookies are only used for visitors logging in to the website. In our case only a handful of users have the required access privileges to log in and manage the website.

Cookie name Used for
wordpress_logged_in* Checks whether or not the current visitor is a logged in WordPress.com user.
wp-settings-{user_id} Persists a user’s wp-admin configuration.
wp_sharing_{id} Tracks whether or not a user has already performed an action.

Google Analytics cookies

This website doesn't use Google Analytics to track you however some of the libraries used on the website do. In this particular instance FontAwesome.

Cookie name Used for
__utma Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmc Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.
__utmz Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
_ga Used to distinguish users.
_gid Used to distinguish users.

For further details about google Analytics cookies, please visit this page: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage#gajs