Cookies Policy

We want to make our website as useful and reliable as possible. In order to make our website a better experience and to provide some of the services we provide we use small files, called cookies, to store small amounts of information on your device (e.g. PC, tablet or smart phone). They cannot be used to identify you personally. This information is used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • Recognising that you may have set preferences on a previous visit so we can display content appropriate to you
  • Measuring how people are using the website so we can improve how we present our content to you

If you do not wish these cookies to be tracked you can disable them in your browser, but this may negatively affect your experience on the site. There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using our website:

First party cookies: These are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

Third party cookies: These are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Facebook or Twitter have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

First Party Cookies

Name Purpose
exp_last_visit Sets the datetime that the user last visited the site, and is set for both guests and logged in users. If not set, is automatically set to 10 years ago. Affects guests and logged in users.
exp_tracker Tracks the last 5 pages viewed by the user, and is used primarily for redirection after logging in etc. Affects guests and logged in users.
exp_last_activity Every time the state is updated (the page reloaded) the last activity is set to the current datetime. Used to determine expiry. This is essential for logged in users, but not for guests - it is set for both.
exp_sessionid A uniquely generated ID that corresponds to the session_id column in the exp_session table. Used when cookie and session are set as the session type. Used only for logged in members.
exp_uniqueid Matches the unique_id field in the exp_members table. Randomly generated by the functions class at registration. Used only for logged in members.
exp_userhash The encrypted password of the currently logged in user. Set if you choose the cookies and session ID method for sessions (cs in your config.) Used only for logged in members.
exp_anon A flag set by the user to determine if they are listed in the online users.
exp_remember A flag set by the user to determine if they stay logged in when leaving the site.
exp_expiration Determines the length of the session for a logged in user. There are two options for this cookie: if the user has selected remember me then it is set to 1 year, and if not then it’s set to the datetime that the user logged in. Used only for logged in members.
exp_store_cart Tracks items in your basket for our ecommerce system.

Third Party Cookies

Name Purpose
Cookies with names prefixed by ‘__utm’ Stores information used by Google Analytics to track user activity on the site.
pid Used by twitter for their share widget.


Privacy

For more information about privacy, please see our privacy policy