We need to store a query parameter (gclid) in a cookie - if it exists. Using Cookie Plus on an EE 2.8 installation.

ie: domain.com/page?gclid=12345

How can I detect that the query exists and then how do I grab the data in the query? I believe this would work if it was segments: {if segment_2=="gclid"} {exp:cookie_plus:set name="cookie" value="{segment_3}" seconds="86400"} {/if}

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Given your outdated EE version, I'm not sure there are any viable add-on's that can help you with this (maybe Mo' Variables if you can get an old version?).

A quick search shows this add-on:


Might do the trick. And there maybe other plugins if you search for them. If not...

You have two options. The first would be to craft a plugin that can grab, parse, and return query variables you ask it for. Then you could (probably) do something like this:

    value="{exp:my_query_plugin:get query='gclid'}"

Not sure all of that would work with EE 2.8, I have no access to an install earlier than EE 4.

The second is to simply skip using templating to get this done. It's easily done in JS:


You can test if the query param exists, and if so, set a cookie in JS.

  • I was able to get MoVariables and Cookie Plus working. Thank you for that tip! The only problem I have now is reading the current value of the cookie. It appears to require a second page refresh to read the value of the cookie. Here is the code I'm using: {if query_string != ""} {exp:cookie_plus:set name="cookie" value="{query_string}" seconds="86400" parse="inward"} {/if} and {exp:cookie_plus:get name="exp_pusa_gclid"} to read the cookie. Is there any workaround to read the cookie instantly and output it?
    – glider
    Mar 30, 2020 at 20:30

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