Cookie Policy

LAST UPDATE: September 13, 2021 uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can.

What is a cookie?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites. Cookies enable the website to remember preferences (language, font size and other display preferences) for a period of time so that you don’t have to keep re-entering them. Websites also use cookies to count site usage statistics so they can analyze ways to track the performance of their site and identify avenues of improvement.

To comply with privacy laws and guidelines, we provide an option to block all cookies and consent to all cookies, and a way to revoke your consent.

Note: Blocking cookies may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer on the site.

Types of Cookies

There are mainly four kinds of cookies:

  • Session cookies. These cookies last only for the session and are erased when the user closes the web browser.
  • Persistent cookies. These cookies remain even after the internet browser session is closed. These cookies are stored on a user’s computer or mobile device until they expire or until the user deletes the cookie. Persistent cookies are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific website. They have expiration dates which may vary from cookie to cookie.
  • First-party cookies. These cookies are placed by the website a user is visiting. For example, if you visit, then generates cookies for direct interaction with their website.
  • Third-party cookies. These cookies are placed by a site other than the one a visitor is using. For example, these are most often related to online advertising and marketing, social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, and some embedded media services such as Vimeo, YouTube, and SoundCloud.

The majority of modern web browsers support cookies and most have settings that can be customized to decline some cookies and the ability for a user to delete the cookies at will.

For more information about cookies, see

Cookie Categories

There are four main categories of cookies:

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies
    These cookies are essential to a user’s ability to navigate a website and use its features. Example: Without these cookies, a user would not be able to log into their account at the website or complete a purchase at an online store. Another “strictly necessary” example is a cookie that retains a user’s preference on whether or not to accept cookies from a website they visit.
  • Performance Cookies
    These cookies collect information about how a visitor uses a website. These cookies do not collect personally identifying information but allow website owners to evaluate the site’s performance in order to improve user experience and content. Example: Cookies related to Google Analytics.
  • Functionality
    These cookies remember user preferences in order to provide a more personalized experience of a website. They may store things such as your user name, language or the region preference, or even text size. These cookies may also be used to provide services a user has asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog, or logging into a website. Example: When you visit a weather reporting website, you might enter your postal code so you see weather specific to your region.
  • Targeting or Advertising
    These cookies are used to deliver advertisements that are more relevant and suited to a user and their interests. They are also used to limit the number of times a user might see an advertisement, as well as help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website owner’s permission. They remember what websites a user has visited and the information is shared with other organizations such as advertisers. Sometimes these cookies are linked to site functionality.

How do we use cookies? uses cookies to:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit our client documentation site
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties

What cookies do we use? uses the following cookies: 

First-Party Cookies (cookies on this website)

First-party cookies are cookies that relate to the functions and features of this website specifically, and are set by this website, not a third party.

  • WordPress Cookies
    Cookie Name: wordress_test_cookie
    Cookie Type: Session Cookie

    About the Cookie: This cookie is only placed if you happen upon the login page for the site. It does not retain any personal data but simply checks to see if your browser has cookies enabled. You should never see this cookie, but just in case you do, we wanted you to know what it does.

  • Blog Comments (WP Discuz)
    Cookie Name: comment_author_{HASH}, comment_author_email_{HASH}, comment_author_url_{HASH}, wc_moderate_comments_7, wpdiscuz_last_visit
    Cookie Type: Functionality / Feature / Persistent

    About the Cookie: These cookies are for the convenience of site visitors only and retain a commenter’s information (name, email, and website link entered when making a comment) so they will be recognized as a commenter and won’t have to re-type their information each time they want to comment.

  • Cookie Consent Notice
    Cookie Name: wpca_consent
    Cookie Type: Strictly Necessary / User Preference

    About the Cookie: This cookie retains your cookie preference – to either accept or decline all cookies except those necessary for the site’s function and basic features. This cookie does not require or store any personal data. This cookie is set to expire after 30 days and can be revoked by clearing your browser cache.

Third-Party Cookies

These 3rd-party cookies are not placed by this website, therefore, we strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of these websites and services. We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third-party sites or services.

  • Google Analytics (anonymous)
    This website uses Google Analytics (Google, Inc.) to count website visitors and analyze usage of the site to help determine the value of site content to users. The expiration date of these cookies vary; some expire after a session ends or a browser window is closed, and some end after 2 years. The statistical data is stored at Google, but IP address are anonymized (made anonymous) so that no personal data is gathered by this website or transmitted to Google’s database.

    1st-Party Cookies: _ga, _gid, _gat
    3rd-Party Cookies: __utma, __utmt, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz, _dc_gtm_*, AMP_TOKEN, _gac_*

    Google Analytics Cookie Usage
    Google Privacy Policy
    Google Cookie Types
    Google Analytics provides an Opt-Out Browser Add-on

  • YouTube
    This website may sometimes use YouTube to deliver video content. YouTube cookies enable you to view any YouTube-embedded videos included on this site’s pages or blog posts. The expiration date of these cookies vary; some expire after a session ends or a browser window is closed, and some end after 20 years.

    When possible, this website uses YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode for embedding videos. YouTube cookies may be set on your computer after you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store any personally identifying information for playbacks of videos embedded with privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more, please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.


    YouTube Privacy Policy

  • Social Media
    This website also provides ways to share our pages and blog posts to social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter. If you choose to share content from this site through any of the social media buttons on this site, be aware that these sites are likely to collect information about your online activities. This site has no control over the placement of those cookies and how they function, therefore it is recommended that you review the official privacy policy of the respective social network to find out more about their use of your information and/or how to opt out or delete such information.

    Privacy Policies
    Facebook (Meta)
    Instagram (Meta)

Future cookies

We scan our website frequently to maintain as accurate a list as possible of cookies in use.

Who has access to cookie data?

Only we have access to our cookies; cookies placed by third parties can be accessed by these third parties. Cookie Data will not be used for any other purpose than those stated in this Cookie Policy.

How can you manage your cookie preferences?

You can control and/or delete cookies as you wish using your browser settings.

For example, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Opera, or Chrome allow you to set which cookies to accept and which to reject. Where you find these settings depends on which browser you use so use the “Help” function in your browser to locate the settings you need. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.

If you need further assistance with managing the cookies and cookie settings in your browser, check out the official documentation for your browser. Chrome users may be interested in the official opt-out plugin from Google.

Additional reading on cookie management:

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