Does Joomla Use Cookies?

Part of establishing a website using Joomla is the internal process needed to customize and make the website more user-friendly. The term “cookies” may sound familiar, which is relevant to the internal processes of web management. A lot of folks ask, “Does Joomla Use Cookies?” The answer is, of course yes. Many thought that and treat cookies as viruses. But, in fact, cookies play major roles in the overall function of a website. Let me explain what cookies are and what their specific functions are.

A cookie cannot be programmed, cannot carry and transfer viruses, and cannot automatically install malware; therefore, a cookie is not a software, neither a program.

The other names associated with a cookie are HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie. And, the other kinds of cookie are session cookie, persistent cookie, secure cookie, HttpOnly cookie, third-party cookie, super cookie, and zombie cookie.

How Cookies Work

Let us use an example of registering at a social networking site to explain how cookies work in a system. A user submits information, like name, age, gender, and date of birth to the web server of the original site. Cookies, which are small pieces of information, are used by web servers to send back the information to the web browser, so that the next time the same user logs in, he or she doesn’t have to key in the same information shared previously.

Cookies have three main functions: for session management, personalization, and tracking purposes. All of these three purposes are interrelated when users navigate within a certain website. A clear example is when users visit online shops where shopping carts are implemented. Users can store items on their online shopping cart and still go back to the previous list of items. The role of the web administration and cookies is to help maintain this information as the users navigate. Several websites, such as YouTube, Vimeo, Wikipedia, and Google implement the use of cookies. Social networking sites, electronic mail providers, and content management systems followed suit as well.

Cookies in Joomla

Cookies are used in Joomla to track the activities and store submitted information by a user. They make Joomla a user-friendly content management system because navigating from one page to another, back and forth, has been made convenient and easy with Joomla cookies. Although users have the discretion not to accept cookies, they should not worry about their accounts being hacked because the chances are low since most of the information is encrypted.