How to Display WordPress Cookie Notice Without any Plugins

How to Display WordPress Cookie Notice Without any Plugins

In this article, we will show you how to display the WordPress cookie notice without using any plugins. Let’s check it out!

Why Do We Need a Cookie Notice?

Since cookies collect users’ information and store them for a certain period of time, disclosing the use of cookies on your website is required by the EU Cookie Law. It’s a European Union directive that demands that any website gets consent from their visitors about the use of their data.

It doesn’t matter whether your website is based in Europe, chances are that EU visitors are still visiting it, therefore becoming a subject to the EU Cookie Laws.

Besides, adding a cookie notice for your WordPress website doesn’t cost a dime and is easy to implement!

How to Display WordPress Cookie Notice Without a Plugin

Adding unnecessary plugins to your WordPress site may slow down. So, it’d be wise to limit plugin installations and tweaking everything manually, if possible.

To display WordPress cookie notice, follow these simple steps:

  1. Generate cookie notice code by visiting WebsitePolicies.
  2. Head to Configuration wizard section and personalize a cookie notice template by adjusting its position, layout, color, and its custom text.Adjusting a WordPress cookie notice template in WebsitePolicies
  3. You can preview the template you’re creating using the Click to preview option.
  4. Once you’re done, press Copy code.Copying the WordPress cookie notice code in WebsitePolicies
  5. Log in to your WordPress dashboard and navigate to Appearance -> Theme Editor.
  6. Locate header.php file under Theme Files.
  7. Open the file and paste the code under the <head> tag.Pasting WordPress cookie notice code to header.php file
  8. Click on Update File to save your changes.

If you to check if your settings are live, simply visit your website. Make sure your cookie notice is showing and works properly.

Note: The cookie generator website will ask you to link your own cookie/privacy policy. If you don’t have one already, you can generate it for free.


There you have it! Your website now complies with the EU Cookie Laws, and you’ve learned how to display WordPress Cookie Notice by merely pasting the generated code. Here’s a quick recap:

  1. Generate a free cookie notice code from WebsitePolicies.
  2. Copy-paste the code to your header.php file on WordPress.

That was pretty easy, right? Good luck!

The Author


Domantas G. / @domantas

Domantas leads the content and SEO teams forward with fresh ideas and out of the box approaches. Armed with extensive SEO and marketing knowledge, he aims to spread the word of Hostinger to every corner of the world. During his free time, Domantas likes to hone his web development skills and travel to exotic places.

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Mike V Among Lions Reply

March 15 2019

This is fantastic. Thank you very much guys! Great work!!!


Juan Jesús Reply

August 02 2019

Hello! I saw a lot of services talking about a cookie consent management system, is it neccesary ?


Lilia Reply

October 03 2019

Thank you very much for this great article, Gediminas! Worked perfectly on my website! I have tons of plugins installed already, so I was happy to find a workaround without another plugin. Thanks again!


Colin Wilson Reply

November 18 2019

Brilliant! Saved me a lot of time and heartache. Probably better safe than sorry.


Ross Reply

February 24 2020

Very simple, looks great (picked my brand colours) and done in under 30 minutes. Thank you!


Antoine Clinton Reply

September 04 2020

This is so convenient and cool, but for some reason, can't get mine to show and I'm positive I placed the code in the right place. Would love to get this setup and any help would be most appreciated! Thanks...


    Tomislav T.

    Replied on November 11 2020

    Hey there Antoine. I can't see where you've placed it, but if you are hosting your website here at Hostinger, you can message our Customer Success team and they can check it out for you. Good luck!

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