Real Cookie Banner

Real Cookie Banner

Alternative to Complianz for WordPress websites

You find Complianz too confusing, you don’t know after the setup wizzard whether you have collected all services and cookies or you are missing important features? Real Cookie Banner as an alternative to Complianz for WordPress website tries to make the setup of your cookie banner more intuitive for you. Make your website GDPR and ePrivacy Directive compliant!

Cookie banner example
I scan your website and find used services automatically!

Why you should choose Real Cookie Banner

Real Cookie Banner is a cookie and consent management plugin. Obtain consent to load services and set cookies for your visitors in accordance with the GDPR and ePrivacy Directive. In addition, content blockers help you to be compliant even if your theme, plugin or content loads styles, scripts or iframes that would transfer personal data. Start now with our guided-configuration and avoid legal risks!

Look for cookie template in consent management

Consent Management

You can use Real Cookie Banner to store all technical and legal information about services and cookies to obtain informed consent. You can use 150+ service templates and 120+ content blocker templates to quickly and securely provide all the information you need.

Consent to cookies via a content blocker

Content Blocker

Themes, plugins and co. usually load scripts, styles and content that transfer personal data and set cookies before you have the consent of your visitors. You usually cannot control this by yourself. Content blockers make sure that these features are only executed after you have obtained consent.

Customize cookie banner design in WordPress Customizer

Customize design

You can design the cookie banner according to your wishes. 20+ design templates and 200+ options give you the flexibility to customize the cookie banner perfectly to your needs. From colors and effects to texts, you can unleash your creativity! All changes are displayed in a live preview.

Use the checklist to set up the cookie banner

Guided configuration

After installation, the checklist will guide you through all steps to be able to set up Real Cookie Banner in a legally compliant manner. We also explain the legalities of features and the legal consequences if you change settings. So, you can quickly and safely set up your cookie banner!

View documented consent with reproduced cookie banner at time of consent

Documentation of consents

According to the GDPR, you have to prove that a visitor has consented to cookies and processing of personal data if he or she doubts this. We document consent completely and make it possible to trace the origin of the consent afterwards. You are on the safe side even in the worst case!

Open Real Cookie Banner settings in WordPress

Native in WordPress

Real Cookie Banner is a cookie plugin specially designed for WordPress. It is fully installed in your WordPress as a native plugin. All consents are processed and stored on your server. Nothing is downloaded from a cloud in your visitor’s browser, which avoids further legal issues.

Compare us with Complianz

Complianz is a powerful privacy suite for your WordPress website that includes an imprint and privacy policy, as well as a cookie banner. Unfortunately, compared to Real Cookie Banner, Complianz only offers consenting to service groups instead of individual services (without TCF), does not automatically respect youth protection regulations for obtaining valid consents, or does not block data loading by e.g. WordPress plugins before consenting in all cases. Real Cookie Banner tries to do that and much more better. Compare us with alternative WordPress plugins to get your own opinion!

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Real Cookie Banner Borlabs Cookie Complianz Cookiebot
Yearly price (starts from; per site; incl. 19 % VAT) 59.00 46.41 49.00 144.00
Free version available Yes No Yes Partial
only for one domain
Translations of plugin into # languages (> 90% completeness; language variants not counted) 12
all texts in cookie banner are customizable
all texts in cookie banner are customizable
all texts in cookie banner are customizable
all texts in cookie banner are customizable
Audited by lawyer Yes
Legally advised by meibers.rechtsanwälte
Unknown or not advertised Unknown or not advertised Unknown or not advertised
Cookie & Consent Management
Service (cookie) templates Yes
150+ templates
28+ templates
35+ templates; best results if the cloud service is activated
visible after site scan
Individual service groups Yes Yes Partial
custom coding necessary
predefined groups
Consent possible per service directly in cookie banner Yes Yes Partial
only in legal documents outside cookie banner
Technical specifications of HTTP cookies and cookie-like information Yes Partial
one complete technical cookie definition per service
Yes Yes
Execution of opt-in and opt-out HTML/JavaScript code Yes Yes Partial
not assignable to the consent of a service
you have to code this feature by yourself
Automatic deletion of 1st-party cookies in case of opt-out Yes Yes Partial
for predefined cookies
Legal texts linkable in footer of cookie banner Yes
any link depending on the country law
only privacy policy and legal notice (imprint)
only privacy policy, cookie policy and legal notice (imprint)
only via custom link in e.g. description text
Hiding of cookie banner on legally relevant pages (e.g. privacy policy or legal notice/imprint) Yes
configurable for all legal links
only privacy policy and legal notice (imprint)
only privacy policy and legal notice (imprint)
only via JavaScript SDK
Accepting all services for bots Yes Yes No Yes
Use of “Do Not Track” header Yes Yes Yes Yes
Age notice to comply with GDPR youth protection regulations Yes Yes No No
Obtaining consent for data processing in unsafe countries Yes
configurable per country
only USA; no disclosure for which services
No No
Geo-restriction to show cookie banner only if necessary Yes No Partial
predefined country list, not configurable
Native Swiss DSG compatibility Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic check of all subpages for used services Yes
each page indexed in sitemap
No No Yes
each page indexed in sitemap
Detection of external services (with and without template) Yes
based on HTML markup
No Partial
based on first-party cookies in browser of administrator
technical cookies not always automatically associated with a service
Detection of known WordPress plugins Yes No Yes Partial
automatically blocks known plugins; services for consent must be manually created
Content Blocker
Content Blocker templates for popular services/plugins Yes
120+ templates
7+ templates
16+ templates
Content blockers replace embeds with similar content (e.g. YouTube video replaced with video player) Yes Yes Yes No
Block already integrated link, inline style, (inline) script and iframe HTML tags until the consent of the visitor Yes Yes Partial
works for 16 predefined services
client-side for known or manually marked services
URL blocking to block entire elements using a URL Yes Yes Partial
always unblocks when opt-in for marketing services
Custom element blocking for blocking entire elements without modifying HTML markup Yes No No Yes
Splitting of inline styles to block individual CSS selectors Yes No No No
Automatic video playback after consent via content blocker Yes
for YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and Loom videos
for YouTube and Vimeo videos
No No
Design customization
Cookie banner design presets Yes
20+ design presets
No No No
Customizable design of cookie banner Yes
200+ design settings
110+ design settings
60+ design settings
8 design options
Live preview of design changes Yes No Partial
if TCF support disabled
Design options for optimized display on mobile devices Yes No No No
Cookie banner compliant with WCAG 2.1 Level AA or later Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scoring of design settings for accessibility requirements (to protect against inappropriate contrasts, font sizes, etc.) Yes
Accessibility Score similar to PageSpeed Insights Score
Yes Yes Yes
Transparency & Consent Framework (TCF)
TCF v2 or newer support Yes No Yes Yes
Google certified CMP (AdSense, Ad Manager, or AdMob) Yes Partial
no version designated as stable available for use
Yes Yes
Vendors can be selected from GVL Yes No No
all vendors that use least one selected purpose or feature
programmatic implementation through custom script tag
Publisher restrictions can be applied to vendors Yes No No Partial
programmatic implementation through custom script tag
Stacks for user-friendly visualization Yes No No No
Individual selection for visitors integrated in cookie banner Yes No No
visitor must switch to cookie policy
Proactive notice of design violations (e.g. contrast too low) Yes No No No
Content blocker for content/scripts from vendors without consent Yes No No No
Consents and documentation
Documentation of consents Yes Partial
without design settings and list of all cookies
Yes Partial
without design settings
Creation of consents afterwards traceable through interactive visualization Yes
including player (see how users clicked, scrolled, …)
No No No
Proactive obtain new consents after changing the content or behavior of the cookie banner Yes Partial
manually to trigger
on adding new service, but not on changing e.g. texts
when adding new services, but not when changing texts
Statistics about visitor consents Yes
three statistics with dynamic time range
statistic with fixed date choice
one opt-in chart
one opt-in chart
Links for viewing the history of consent, changing and revoking consent Yes
as menu items or shortcodes
as shortcodes or widget (floating)
as shortcodes
as HTML links or widget (floating)
Technical solution
Native solution in WordPress Yes Yes Yes No
Cloud service loaded as external script
Anti-Ad-Blocker system to get consents from users with aggressive Ad-Blocker Yes No No No
Import and export settings Yes Yes Yes No
Export of collected consents Yes No Yes Yes
Support for Google Tag Manager (GTM) and Matomo Tag Manager (MTM) that loads tag manager only after consent Yes No
according to the documentation, GTM should also be loaded without consent
GTM loads before user consent
GTM loads before user consent
Support for multilingual websites with WPML and Polylang Yes
with cookie/service synchronization between languages
Yes Yes No
Support for multilingual websites with TranslatePress (advanced integration) Yes No Yes No
Support for multilingual websites with Weglot (advanced integration) Yes
with machine translations
with machine translations
with machine translations
Support for WordPress Multisites Yes Yes Yes Yes
Consent Forwarding to avoid multiple consents of a visitor on multiple sites of an organization Yes
one-way and two-way sync
consents shared via cookie, but without e.g. documentation of consent
consents shared via cookie, but without e.g. documentation of consent
within same domain group
Support for automatic emptying of all known page caches after a change to the cookie banner Yes
for 26 page-cache plugins
for 6 page-cache plugins
No Yes
Compatible WordPress version 5.8 or newer 4.7 or newer 4.9 or newer 4.4 or newer

The comparison was made in November 2023 on the basis of the following versions of the WordPress Plugins: Real Cookie Banner v4.0.0, Borlabs Cookie v2.2.66, Complianz v6.5.6, Cookiebot v4.3.1

You want to know more?

Have we caught your interest in Real Cookie Banner? The WordPress plugin offers you even more than what you’ve seen here. To learn more, have a look at the full list of features, services templates and more in the product description!

Real Cookie Banner as alternative to Complianz

Real Cookie Banner tries to offer you a more intuitive Cookie Banner alternative compared to Complianz. As a website owner, you will especially benefit from our guided configuration. It shows you all the important steps you have to go through when setting up the cookie banner. At the same time, it gives you the necessary freedom to perform the steps in the order that works best for you. Complianz, on the other hand, guides you through a strict setup wizard that allows you only one way to set up. It offers you 25+ integrations as templates (plus cookie matching through a cloud database if you agree to it). Real Cookie Banner as an alternative comes here with 150+ service templates that allow you to use a variety of WordPress plugins, embedded content and external services with little research in a GDPR and ePrivacy Directive compliant manner.

Each service in Real Cookie Banner allows you to run HTML and JavaScript on opt-in, opt-out or page load. This allows you to load fine-grained e.g. Google Analytics only when you have the explicit consent of your visitor to do so. In Complianz, on the other hand, you must make it work with only one script per action (not per service), which complicates the execution of scripts that Complianz does not provide explicit integration for. Also, in Complianz, your site’s visitors can only agree or reject entire service groups (e.g., Functional, Statistics, or Marketing; except with TCF compatibility). You can’t refuse individual services like Google Analytics – or you have to look for an alternative cookie banner. Real Cookie Banner is more privacy-friendly and allows your visitors to give fine-grained consent per service and per group. In addition, to presumably comply with Article 8 of the GDPR (consent of children and adolescents), the Complianz alternative Real Cookie Banner takes care that this age group does not consent to cookies etc., when they cannot do so yet. If you use services such as YouTube from the USA, you should also obtain the explicit consent of your visitors for the use of such services after the end of the Privacy Shield according to the ECJ. Real Cookie Banner provides you with suitable texts for this purpose, which you can activate. With Complianz, you have to take care of both topics yourself and, if necessary, dive deep into the legal basics.

For example, if you have YouTube videos embedded in your website, Complianz can bock them before consent, if it offers explicit integration for that service. Real Cookie Banner offers templates for 60+ services. However, if the service you are using is not included, you can programmatically block elements, mark URLs for blocking and even in inline CSS styles individual CSS selectors can be blocked. This works for almost any service with a simple and explained syntax. Also, if someone gives consent to load a YouTube or Vimeo video via a content blocker, it will start automatically – without the visitor of your website having to click a second time.

Of course, you don’t want your cookie banner to just look like something. You want it to match the design of your website. For this, you can customize your cookie banner in Complianz with 45+ settings. However, you have to adjust each of these settings manually and see a preview of the changes only if you have not enabled the TCF support. Real Cookie Banner as an alternative not only allows you to customize your design even more precisely and always see a live preview of all design changes, but also lets you choose from 20+ design presets. This will save you a lot of time, as you don’t have to manually configure every setting option, if you have found a suitable template.

Websites that earn money through advertising usually require the Transparency & Consent Framework (TCF). It allows you to obtain standardized consents and is required by many advertising networks. If you use e.g. Google Adsense without TCF, this can lead to significantly lower advertising revenues. In Real Cookie Banner you can easily enable TCF support. You can select publishers that embed advertising on your website, use Publisher Restrictions to choose exactly for which purposes you want to obtain consent, and we will proactively alert you to design violations. Of course, you can also use Content Blocker if you do not yet have consent for TCF vendors. If, on the other hand, you use Complianz, consent will always be requested from your visitors for all TCF vendors and all purposes, special purposes, features and special features. Regardless of whether you have actually embedded their content on your website or not. Not only does this become confusing, but your visitors can’t make the exact selection in the cookie banner, but always have to switch to the cookie policy to do so. This might make some website visitors unnecessarily confused.

But let’s say that your user managed to consent in cookie banner. In that case, both in Real Cookie Banner and Complianz, the consents are fully documented so that you can defend yourself in case of doubt. In Complianz you have to be satisfied with a PDF explaining the consent. In Real Cookie Banner, on the other hand, you can visually see afterwards what exactly the cookie banner looked like at the time of consent and partly where the visitor clicked in the cookie banner. In addition, we proactively notify you when changes to your cookie banner invalidate previous consents, so that you can obtain new consents from all visitors. With Complianz, you have to remember this yourself.

Both WordPress cookie plugins are installed directly in WordPress and do not download any data from cloud services to display the cookie banner. Complianz can be easily blocked by adblockers and cookie notice blockers from your visitors. The consequence is that you as a website owner never have the possibility to get consent for such visitors to use e.g. important services like Google Analytics. Here Real Cookie Banner has thought further. We have built in a variety of mechanisms that make it as difficult as possible for such blocker systems to block the cookie banner. After all, we want you to get to your consents!

In the WordPress ecosystem, page caches like WP Rocket, WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache are widely used. They cache the fully assembled pages so that they don’t have to be regenerated for each visitor. This makes your website load much faster. However, if you make a change, for example, to your cookie banner, you must clear the cache so that the changes are played out. Real Cookie Banner takes care of this automatically with 14 popular page caching plugins – so you don’t have to do anything. We couldn’t find such integrations with Complianz, so you should probably manually clear your page cache after a change.

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