Real Cookie Banner

Real Cookie Banner

Alternative to Cookiebot for WordPress websites

You think Cookiebot is too expensive, you can’t customize the design enough for your website, or you are missing important features? Real Cookie Banner as an alternative to Cookiebot for WordPress websites tries to offer a more customizable cookie banner that is easy to set up for a smaller budget. Make your website GDPR and ePrivacy Directive compliant!

Cookie banner example

Why you should choose Real Cookie Banner

Real Cookie Banner is a cookie and consent management plugin designed to be an easy-to-use, powerful solution. All the features of our plugin are based on the legal texts in order to provide a solution that complies with the legal requirements of the GDPR and ePrivacy Directive. Developed especially for WordPress websites to simplify setup for website owners.

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 100+ service templates and 60+ 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 presets and over 200 options give you the flexibility to customize the cookie banner perfectly to fit. From colors and effects to texts, you can let off steam creatively. All changes are shown 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 set up Real Cookie Banner in a legally compliant manner. We also explain the legal basis 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 specially designed for WordPress. It is fully installed in your WordPress as 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 Cookiebot

Cookiebot is a universal cookie banner that you can use on any website and that tries to find all used services for you. Unfortunately, compared to Real Cookie Banner, Cookiebot is only slightly adapted to the WordPress ecosystem, the design of the cookie banner can only be changed marginally and the automated setup makes it difficult to track as a website owner whether the cookie banner really contains all cookies, services, etc. that you use. 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) 49 39 39 108
Free version available Yes No Yes Parthly
only for small sites
Cookie & Consent Management
Service (cookie) templates Yes
100+ templates
Yes
25+ templates
Parthly
25+ templates; best results if the cloud service is activated
Parthly
visible after site scan
Individual service groups Yes Yes Parthly
only if you use Google Tag manager
No
predefined groups
Consent possible per service Yes Yes No Yes
Technical specifications of HTTP cookies and cookie-like information Yes Parthly
one complete technical cookie definition per service
Yes Yes
Execution of opt-in and opt-out HTML/JavaScript code Yes Yes Parthly
one script for all services
Parthly
you have to code this feature by yourself
Automatic deletion of 1st-party cookies in case of opt-out Yes Yes Parthly
for predefined cookie list
Parthly
client-side
Hiding of cookie banner in the privacy policy and imprint page Yes Yes Yes Yes
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 No No No
Obtaining consent for data processing in the USA Yes No No No
Geo-restriction to show cookie banner only if necessary Yes No Parthly
restrictable to EU only
Yes
Content Blocker
Content Blocker templates for popular services/plugins Yes
60+ templates
Yes
7+ templates
Yes
16+ templates
No
Block already integrated link, inline style, (inline) script and iframe HTML tags until the consent of the visitor Yes Yes Parthly
works for 16 predefined services
Parthly
client-side for known or manually marked services
URL blocking to block entire elements using a URL Yes Yes Parthly
always unblocks when opt-in for marketing services
No
Programmatic custom element blocking for blocking entire elements 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 and Vimeo videos
No No No
Design customization
Cookie banner design presets Yes
20+ design presets
No No No
Customizable design of cookie banner Yes
200+ design settings
Yes
85+ design settings
Yes
45+ design settings
Parthly
8 design options
Live preview of design changes Yes No Parthly
if TCF support disabled
No
Transparency & Consent Framework (TCF)
TCF v2.0 or newer support Yes No Yes Yes
Vendors can be selected from GVL Yes No No
all vendors that use least one selected purpose or feature
Parthly
manual lookup in vendor-list.json
Publisher restrictions can be applied to vendors Yes No No Parthly
manual lookup in vendor-list.json
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
Yes
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 Parthly
without design settings and list of all cookies
Yes Parthly
without design settings
Creation of consents afterwards traceable through interactive visualization Yes No No No
Proactive obtain new consents after changing the content or behavior of the cookie banner Yes Parthly
manually to trigger
 Parthly
on adding new service, but not on changing e.g. texts
Parthly
when adding new services, but not when changing texts
Statistics about visitor consents Yes
three statistics with dynamic time range
Parthly
statistic without date choice
No Yes
one opt-in chart
Shortcodes/Scripts for viewing the history of consent, changing and revoking consent Yes Yes Yes Yes
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
No
GTM loads before user consent
No
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
No No No
Support for WordPress Multisites Yes Yes Yes Parthly
with limitations of options
Consent Forwarding to avoid multiple consents of a visitor on multiple sites of an organization Yes
one-way and two-way sync
Parthly Parthly
Consents shared via cookie, but without e.g. documentation of consent
Parthly
within one subscription
Support for automatic emptying of all known page caches after a change to the cookie banner Yes
for 14 page-cache plugins
Yes
for 5 page-cache plugins
No Yes
for 2 page-cache plugins
Compatible WordPress version 5.2 or newer unknown 4.9 or newer 4.4 or newer

The comparison was made in May 2021 on the basis of the following versions of the WordPress Plugins: Real Cookie Banner v2.0.0, Borlabs Cookie v2.2.24, Complianz v5.0.3, Cookiebot v3.10.1

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 Cookiebot

Real Cookie Bannner tries to be a better cookie banner solution for WordPress websites than Cookiebot. By specializing in one ecosystem, we can address all requirements in detail. Cookiebot, on the other hand, can also be used on non WordPress websites as well, which is why less specific solutions have been implemented. In addition, Real Cookie Banner is significantly cheaper for one site per year compared to the cheapest purchase version of Cookiebot.

With Real Cookie Banner, you get more than 100 templates for WordPress plugins, embedded content and external services to load only after consent. In Cookiebot, on the other hand, you can create the services and cookies manually or use a cookie scanner that tries to find all cookies. How this works, whether it finds all cookies or which data is stored for which services, is not made clear. If we would use Cookiebot on our website, we would therefore check manually in any case. In addition, services can only be assigned to predefined groups. In Real Cookie Banner, however, you can also define custom service groups.

Cookiebot tries to block scripts, iframes etc. from external sources automatically and you have to explicitly mark if something should not be blocked. This can be tricky with WordPress, depending on whether your plugins support such a Cookiebot parameter. If you want to let scripts load explicitly only if there is a consent, you have to program that yourself according to the developer documentation of Cookiebot. Here you can also only check if a service group has been consented to, but not if a single service has been consented to. Real Cookie Banner takes an alternative approach. You can explicitly specify which scripts per service should be executed only on opt-in, opt-out or on page load. If, for example, a WordPress plugin or content already loads something that should be loaded only after the consent, this can be safely server-side removed by a content blocker until the consent or get replaced by a content blocker if necessary. The content blocker then asks for consent. The blocking works on the basis of URLs, HTML elements and also within inline CSS styles for individual CSS selectors. The Cookiebot alternative Real Cookie Banner helps you with more than 60 templates for well-known services and WordPress plugins.

In the cookie banner, Real Cookie Banner shows you a notice that users under a certain age may not consent without a parent or guardian. This is an effort to implement youth protection regulations according to Art. 8 DSGVO. In addition, your website visitors will be explicitly informed if a service processes data in the USA. After the end of the Privacy Shield by the ECJ, we see this as important to obtain informed consent. With Cookiebot you have to take care of both issues yourself, as there are no text templates.

Your cookie banner should not only look somehow, but fit to the design of your website. However, Cookiebot has only eight settings that allow you to change the design of the cookie banner. You can’t see these changes in a live preview, but have to reload the cookie banner after each change. Real Cookie Banner offers you over 200 options to customize your Cookie Banner. 20+ design templates help you to quickly and easily find the right look. All changes are, of course, displayed in a live preview.

Many websites require consent in accordance with the Transparency & Consent Framework (TCF). For example, if you display ads on your website using Google Adsense, the revenue can differ significantly whether you collect consents with or without TCF. Both Cookiebot and Real Cookie Banner support TCF. With Real Cookie Banner you can comfortably select the used vendors in an interface, determine via Publisher Restrictions for what purposes consent shall be requested in your cookie banner, and you will be pro-actively warned if you misconfigure the design of the cookie banner. Content blockers also work with TCF vendors. With Cookiebot the TCF configuration is more technical. You have to manually look up the required vendors in IAB Europe’s vendor-list.json and the purposes to implement publisher restrictions. You have to put this information in a script on your website according to the documentation. For everything else to comply with the TCF policy, like a correctly confugured design, you should take care yourself.

Whether with or without TCF, consent should be documented. According to Art. 82 of the GDPR, there is a burden of proof for the website operator. Cookiebot documents many relevant things, except for the design settings. This could be a small remaining risk, if it is doubted that e.g. a reject button was visible. Alternatively, with Real Cookie Banner, all cookie banner settings are fully documented for each consent. This allows you to see visually what the cookie banner looked like at the time of consent. In addition, the Cookiebot alternative Real Cookie Banner notifies you after the change of content in the cookie banner, if you should obtain a new consent. You have to think about this yourself with Cookiebot.

A disadvantage of Cookiebot is also that it is loaded from the cloud by default. So, you have to trust that the Cookiebot servers are always available. If the script is not loaded, YouTube videos, for example, will not be blocked. This can potentially lead to privacy violations. Real Cookie Banner is directly integrated into your WordPress. No scripts are loaded from external servers to display the cookie banner. And even if the JavaScript is not executed (correctly), you don’t have to worry. Our solution replaces scripts, content and services that require consent using content blockers already on the server side, so that they can only be enabled if the cookie banner works technically. In addition, we try to use some mechanisms to prevent your cookie banner from being blocked by adblockers, cookie notice blockers, etc. as much as possible. Ultimately, we want you to get consents as often as possible. Cloud cookie banners like Cookiebot can be blocked quite easily.

As mentioned in the beginning, Cookiebot is just not built specifically for WordPress, which also means that you can’t manage translations with WPML, Polylang, TranslatePress or Weglot. Also, integrating with WordPress mulisites or clearing any of the vast number of page caches that exist in the WordPress ecosystem is rather basic solved and accordingly with limitations. Here, Real Cookie Banner offers more profound integration as an alternative to Cookiebot and supports all the above mentioned.

Wow, you are still here looking for an alternative to Cookiebot?

It looks like you are really interested in trying Real Cookie Banner. But if you don’t like or can’t install the free version into your WordPress right now, we have an alternative for you:

Just create a free sandbox. This is a WordPress installation in which Real Cookie Banner PRO is pre-installed for you. You can try all features without any risk. And if you break this test website, we won’t hold it against you. We promise!

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