First, things first. I’m Staci. I’m responsible for this website you’re checking out, located at URL https://novembersunflower.com.
We need to get a couple of things done first, before you read through the rest of this page. Once you read through the entire page, and scroll down, you can agree to it and be allowed to view my website. It’s a part of the new GDPR standards being set by Europe, and it’s important I keep my website available to everyone and honestly, it’s always nice to know what you’re getting into when you visit any website, no matter where you live, right? Right.
So, there’s a couple of things you must be okay with:
- I acknowledge that I can ask for my data to be deleted at any time and/or I can unsubscribe to any mailing lists or newsletter with an easy opt-out.
- I am over 16 years of age or give parental consent for my child to use this site.
WordPress Platform/Avada Theme
My blog is built on the WordPress platform using the Avada Theme. I do not have a membership website, so if you do not leave a comment on my website, there’s truly no information required of you to read my posts, or pages. By default WordPress does not collect any personal data about visitors.
Leaving Comments on Website
If you leave a comment on any of my posts, or pages, you’ll notice a checkbox asking you to confirm you’re cool with your information being kept on my comments database through WordPress. If you change your mind at any time and do not wish this to be the case, you can contact me at staci [at] novembersunflower [dot] com to be removed.
When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.
If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. Visitor comments are checked through a spam detection plug-in. See below for the plug-ins used on this website.
Let’s just start with this: I’m a blogger/writer. I use Google Analytics, because if I don’t, no one sees my content. Google Analytics collects IP addresses, cookies or behavior profiling. All information is kept for 14 months by Google Analytics. By reading this, and accepting the terms below, you’re letting me know this is okay with you.
I also use CloudFlare, a service that offers extra security for my website along with analytics. Same concept as Google Analytics.
In general, cookies are used to retain:
- user preferences
- store information for things like shopping carts
- provide anonymous tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics
Display Ads/Google AdSense
Sponsored content tracking pixels
On occasion, my SPONSORED CONTENT for brands requires I use tracking pixels, or, yes, you got it, cookies. Guess what they use the information for? Marketing. Once again, agreeing to the terms below means you’re cool with this.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
What rights you have over your data
If you have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
What personal data iThemes collects and why
The IP address of visitors, user ID of logged in users, and username of login attempts are conditionally logged to check for malicious activity and to protect the site from specific kinds of attacks. Examples of conditions when logging occurs include login attempts, log out requests, requests for suspicious URLs, changes to site content, and password updates. This information is retained for 14 days.
Who we share your data with
How long your data is kept
Security logs are retained for 14 days.
Where your data is sent
Newsletter/Email Sign Ups
As for my newsletter sign ups. The information you provide, such as your name and email address, are kept in the MailerLite newsletter database. It is easy to unsubscribe at the bottom of any newsletter sent to you, or you can contact me to have it removed manually. Just email staci [at] novembersunflower.com.
Ewww Image Optimizer: keeps no information about visitors to my website. It’s just an image optimizer, and per their official WP Plug in page all communications are secured with top SSL encryption. Communications meaning updates, and keeping it safe whilst it sits on my website optimizing my images. Learn more about the Ewww Image Optimizer Plug-In.
Fusion Builder: It’s part of my theme so I can build pages, and make my website look lovely for everyone.
Fusion Core: Again, it’s part of my Avada theme, helping me create the website’s look and feel.
Google XML Sitemaps: Basically, this plug in is for SEO purposes. If I want to be seen on Google searches, it’s something the big, bag Google MONOPOLY pushes on all of us in the world of cyber space. It doesn’t use any personal information, just allows Google to crawl my website with a little more ease. Learn more about Google XML Sitemaps plug in.
iThemes: Provides security for my website, keeping all information safe and secure. It also helps protect my website from brute force attacks, and any individuals attempting to gain access without authorization. Learn more about iThemes and what types of security it provides to NovemberSunflower.com.
Regenerate Thumbnails: Regenerates all thumbnail sizes for one or more images uploaded to November Sunflower’s Media Library. Absolutely no personal information is used from anyone visiting my website.
Updraft WordPress Backup Plug in: It’s how I backup my website. The database, plus ins, themes, and whatever needs to be backed up so I can restore with a click of a button if anything happens to my website. Learn about Updraft.
WP GDPR Compliance: assists website owners to comply with European privacy regulations known as GDPR. Basically, for my website, it puts a little button by the comments section letting those leaving comments accept the terms of leaving comments on the website. Learn more about the WP GDPR Compliance plug in.
YOAST SEO: Most complete SEO solution for those using WordPress. Is it perfect for SEO? Nope. But it’s a nice start to have a checklist for me as a writer. Learn more about the YOAST SEO plugin.