Our Privacy Policy explains our principles when it comes to the collection, processing, and storage of your information. This policy specifically explains how we deploy cookies, as well as the options you have to control them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your  device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ‘session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (‘third party cookies’).

Cookies set by

We use cookies for a number of different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons; and some enable a personalized experience for both visitors and registered users. Some of these cookies may be set when a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action (clicking the ‘like’ or ‘follow’ button on a post, for example).

Below the different categories of cookies set by are outlined, with specific examples in the tables that follow. This includes their name and purpose. Some cookies are only set for logged in visitors, whereas others are set for any visitors, and these highlighted accordingly.

Strictly Necessary: These are the cookies that are essential for to perform basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions.

Functionality: These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.

Performance: Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with the, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. These details are only used to improve how the website functions.

Tracking: These are set by trusted third party
networks (e.g. Google Analytics) to track details such as the number of
unique visitors, and pageviews to help improve the user experience.

Third Party/Embedded Content: makes use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from YouTube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.

CookieDurationPurposeLogged-in Users Only?
devicePixelRatioBrowser default (1 year)Used to make the site responsive to the visitor’s screen size.No
__utma2 yearsGoogle Analytics
– Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when
the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists.
The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmb30 minutesGoogle Analytics
– Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the
javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists. The
cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
__utmcSessionGoogle Analytics
– Set for interoperability with urchin.js. Historically, this cookie
operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the
user was in a new session/visit.
__utmt10 minutesGoogle Analytics – Used to throttle request rate.No
__utmz6 monthsGoogle Analytics
– Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user
reached your site. The cookie is created when the javascript library
executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
wp-settings-{user_id}1 yearUsed to persist a user’s wp-admin configuration.Yes
14 days if you select “Remember Me” when logging in. Otherwise, Session.Used to check whether the current visitor is a logged in user.Yes

Controlling Cookies

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies, or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behavior such as the length of time they are stored — either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit For more details on advertising cookies, and how to manage them, visit (EU based), or (US based).

Some specific opt-out programs are available here:

Google Analytics –

It’s important to note that restricting or disabling the use of cookies can limit the functionality of sites, or prevent them from working correctly at all.