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How to set up your WordPress Blog as GDPR compliant as possible

First of all: Due to the wide range of configuration options and available plug-ins, the following guide can only give a rough overview of the possible GDPR-relevant changes.

Problematic: Plug-ins that "call home"

Many plugins send data to third parties, partly to ensure the functionality of the plugin, partly for no apparent reason. No matter which data is sent, the blog operator has to inform his visitors about this circumstance. Possibly it concerns personal data (IP addresses), these flow off uncontrolled and uncommunicated, then here an offence against the GDPR is present.

Unfortunately, very few plugins document the way in which they handle data and which data is transmitted. Therefore, you should not use any plugins that are known to transmit data.

Problematic Plugins

A very detailed list of WordPress plugins and their data hunger, the blog "blogmojo" has published under the address: . 

Blogmojo classifies the following plugins as problematic. There is currently no solution known for these plugins that would allow them to be used GDPR-compliant:

  • jQuery Pin It Button for Images
  • MashShare
  • monarch
  • Share Icons Share Buttons
  • ShareThis
  • Social Locker
  • WpDevArt Facebook comments
  • Google Captcha (reCAPTCHA) by BestWebSoft
  • Wordfence Security
  • FeedStats
  • Disqus Comment System
  • wpDiscuz
  • Compress JPEG & PNG images
  • EWWW Image Optimizer Cloud
  • Image Optimizer
  • ShortPixel Image Optimizer
  • WordPress File Upload
  • jetpack
  • Lana Downloads Manager
  • OneSignal
  • print friendly
  • ThirstyAffiliates
  • WP Job Manager

Customizable plugins

Many of the popular and frequently used plugins offer the possibility to make settings that prevent the transmission of personal data. With these plugins the use is possible, but must be mentioned in the privacy policy.

  • Arqam Social Counter
  • Better Click to Tweet
  • Lightweight Social Icons
  • Meks Smart Social Widget
  • NextScripts: Social Networks Car Posters
  • Open Graph for Facebook, Google+ and Twitter Card Tags
  • Shariff Wrapper
  • Social Count Plus
  • BBQ (Block Bath Queries)
  • Sucuri Security
  • statify
  • a3 Lazy Load
  • car optimisation
  • Cache Enabler
  • cachify
  • Crazy Lazy
  • Fast Velocity Minify
  • Optimize Database after Deleting Revisions
  • SG Optimizer
  • W3 Total cache
  • WP Fastest Cache
  • WP Optimizer
  • WP Rocket 
  • WP Super Cache
  • WP sweep
  • 404 Redirection
  • All 404 Redirect to Homepage
  • All in One SEO Pack
  • Breadcrumb NavXT
  • Broken Link Checker
  • Change Permalink Helper
  • Contextual Related Posts
  • FV Top Level Categories
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • Simple 301 Redirects
  • Table of Contents Plus
  • Title and Nofollow For Links
  • Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
  • Yoast SEO
  • XML Sitemap & Google News feeds
  • wpSEO
  • Enable Media Replace
  • EWWW Image Optimizer
  • Force Regenerate Thumbnails
  • Imsanity
  • media cleaner
  • Media File Renamer
  • Resize Image After Upload
  • WP Retina 2x
  • 404page
  • Collapse-O-Matic
  • Genesis Columns Advanced
  • Max Mega Menu
  • MaxButton
  • Popup Builder
  • Posts in Page
  • Q2W3 Fixed Widget
  • Responsive Lightbox & Gallery
  • short coder
  • WordPress Popular Posts
  • WP-PageNavi
  • Advanced Access Manager
  • Advanced Ads
  • Advanced Custom Fields (ACF)
  • Advanced Excerpt
  • amr shortcode any widget
  • Better Search Replace
  • Black Studio TinyMCE Widget
  • CSS & JavaScript Toolbox
  • Disable Emails
  • Duplicate Post
  • Easy Code Manager
  • Envato Market
  • Email Address Encoder
  • Featured Image Admin Thumb
  • FeedWordPress
  • Head, Footer and Post Injections
  • HTML Editor Syntax Highlighter
  • Insert Headers and Footers
  • Loco Translate
  • Public Post Preview
  • Quick Featured Images
  • Reveal IDs
  • Reviewer WordPress Plugin
  • Search & Replace
  • TablePress
  • tinyCoffee 
  • TinyMCE Advanced
  • User Role Editor
  • Logic widget
  • WordPress Importer
  • WPML
  • WP Recipe Maker
  • WP Ultimate Post Grid 
  • WP Ultimate Recipe

Useful plugins that facilitate the implementation of the GDPR

Of course, there are now also numerous plugins that make it easier to comply with the GDPR guidelines. IP addresses in comments are removed by the plugin "Remove Comment IPs". If you include Google Fonts, then the plugin "Remove Google Fonts References" can help. This plugin saves the fonts locally on the server and thus prevents them from being called by Google. Since the GDPR has also made SSL important for many websites, the plugin "Really Simple SSL" is available for WordPress. This plugin helps with the conversion to the HTTPS protocol.


Further privacy plugins can be found here:


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