cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files, located in browser directories. They are used by web developers and web development applications to help users navigate websites and perform certain functions on the site such as logging in and adding items to a shopping basket. Because of this, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites or certain functions within websites.

Cookies are created when a user goes to a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file which is stored on the user’s PC. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website’s server. Cookies may be created not just by the website the user is browsing but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. You can find out more information at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.

To find out more about managing cookies in your browser, go to http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/.

How we use cookies

The table below shows the cookies that we use on our site and the reasons for using them.

Cookie NameCookie CategoryDescriptionDuration
wordpress_2WordPress cookie for a logged in user.session
wordpress_logged_in_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_2WordPress cookie for a logged in usersession
wordpress_test_cookie2WordPress test cookiesession
wp-settings-1Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. 1 year
wp-settings-time-2Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. 1 year
PHPSESSID1To identify your unique session on the websitesession
SESS1To ensure that you are recognised when you move from page to page within the site and that any information you have entered is remembered.session