Purpose and scope

Your cookie policy explains how your customer information is used in Aphix WebShop. Typically, it categorizes cookies into four types, as follows:

  • Strictly necessary

  • Performance

  • Marketing

  • Functionality

For each cookie, its name, purpose and a link to more information must be specified.

Cookies our software uses

Aphix WebShop requires you store the listed cookie for the platform to operate correctly. These are:

  • SessionID, which contains information about what page you are on. It stores your preferences, such as your cart contents or how you like your products listed.

Information about these cookies are stored in cookies.html, which is automatically added to your WebShop during its build. It is a standard statement of what cookies on your WebShop are maintained by Aphix. It can be found at the following URL:  https://YOURSITE.com/cookies.html

For example, here is the cookie statement for our demo site. 

Additional configuration options

Should you wish to include additional cookies in your WebShop implementation, you are required to document them and make that information available to your customers.  You may not be GDPR compliant if you do not record and share information about the cookies you are using.

Initially, WebShop is supplied with a default cookie notice, located at https://YOURSITE.com/cookies.html

When your customer opens WebShop, the default cookie notice is displayed in a panel at the bottom of the screen. A link to the default cookie policy page is also provided. The default cookie notice only lists the two cookies that are Strictly necessary for WebShop to operate correctly. 

Configuration options

The Privacy Settings section under Settings in Management Interface allows you to configure your cookie notice and cookie policy.

Option 1: Display default cookie notice, and use the default Cookie Policy

By default, this is set to Yes with the Cookie Page set to Default. Default points to /cookie.html. It is not possible to modify the default page.

Option 2: Manage cookies using Aphix default cookie notice but use your own Cookie Policy

With this option, the default cookie notice is set to Yes, but the Cookie Page is set to a page you have created that contains your customised Cookie Policy. Simply create your custom Cookie Policy in Pages, and then change the Cookie Page in Settings → Privacy Settings to your newly created Cookie Policy. After saving the changes to your Privacy Settings, this substitutes the default Cookie Policy with your newly created custom Cookie Policy.

Key points

  • When creating a Cookie Policy page in Pages:
    • On the General tab, set URL to cookies.
    • On the Status tab, set the page to Published.
    • Include your custom Cookie Policy using the editor provided on the Content tab.
    • On the Menu tab, set the "Show in Menu" to No
  • Remember to save your changes, and that any changes made and saved are immediately displayed in WebShop.
  • You may have to Clear Cache in order to view your newly created Cookie Policy in the Cookie Page drop-down list of pages in Privacy Settings.

Option 3: Manage your cookies using a third party tool and use your own Cookie Policy

With this option, a third party tool is configured and used rather than the default Aphix cookie notice. In some circumstances, this may make it easier to manage cookie settings and to meet requirements of the EU Cookie Directive. Simply set the default cookie notice to No in Settings → Privacy Settings, add in the banner code generated from your third party tool, specify the Cookie Page (which can be either the default cookies.html or a custom Cookie Policy created in Pages) and click Save.

  • We recommend that you use cookie-script to do this. You can integrate cookie script either with or without using Google Tag Manager. See cookie-script.com for how to integrate it using Google Tag Manager. It is assumed that you have a Google Tag Manager account and a basic understanding of how it operates. Contact us if you need help with setting this up. 
  • Remember to save your changes, and that any changes made and saved are immediately displayed in WebShop.

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