Cookies

Your privacy: how cookies are used on the Lords of the Blog website

The Lords of the Blog website uses cookies – small files stored on your computer or mobile phone – to help us understand how people use our website. Cookies are also used to support specific areas of the site, but only with the user’s consent.

Why Lords of the Blog uses cookies

We want to make our website easy to use, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies.

They cannot be used to identify you personally, and do not collect information from your computer.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • measuring how people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast
  • understanding what technology people are using to access the site – for example the browser they are using or whether they are accessing from a mobile phone
  • enabling the site to recognise your device so you have don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t have to do it for every web page requested.

Our use of cookies

This list is correct as of May 2012, but it’s likely our use of cookies will change over time. We will endeavour to keep this list up to date when new cookies are added.

Cookie Name Purpose Category Duration
__utma Google Analytics uses this cookie to keep track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site, when they first visited and when they last visited. Performance 2 Years
__utmb, __utmc Google Analytics uses these two cookies to establish a user session. __utmb records the timestamp of a visitor’s entry on the site, while __utmc records the timestamp when the visitor leaves the site. If either of these two cookies is absent, further activity by the user initiates the start of a new session. Performance 30 Minutes
__utmz This cookie is used to keep track of where the visitor came from. This could be from a search engine, a link clicked on from a particular site, link from an email etc. It also records the visitor’s geolocation. Performance 6 Months
__qca Analytical cookie by Quantcast set as part of WordPress Statistics. Performance 5 Years
wordpress_logged_in_hash Session cookie set when a user is signed in. Strictly Necessary Session
wordpress_test_cookie Session cookie to test whether cookies are enabled or not Functionality Session
wp-settings-1, wp-settings-time-1 These are used to customize your view of the admin interface, and also the main site interface (if defined) for signed in users. Strictly Necessary 2 Years

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