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How To Add Legal Pages To Your WordPress Site

Is your WordPress website compliant? Do you know if you are breaking any rules or regulations, or breaching the Terms of Service (TOS) of any third-party companies whose services or products you are endorsing or advertising?

As the digital era continues to grow at such a fast pace and the rules keep changing, it’s vitally important that you try to stay informed about what’s going on and ensure that your website or blog remains compliant with all laws and regulations, especially if having a digital presence is important in the success of your overall business strategy.

New laws introduced in 2014 to regulate how businesses promote advertising on their sites clearly state that if you plan to promote anything on your site for profit, you will need to follow certain principles of disclosure to prevent enforceable orders being issued against you by regulatory agencies, such as the BBB, or Better Business Bureau. Look up “The Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program,” which regulates behavioral advertising across the internet for more details.

(Better Business Bureau Website)

These laws has legal implications for various business activities, including:

Without certain legal pages on your site (e.g. terms and conditions of use, privacy policy, legal disclaimers, etc.), many sites like Google won’t let you advertise, sites like ClickBank will not allow you to sell digital products, PayPal may shut down your account, Facebook could disapprove your applications, and you will not be allowed to promote a number of advertising and online marketing networks.

If your online business is not in compliance, you could also face a number of penalties, including fines, having your website shut down, even jail time!

The purpose of this guide is to help make you aware that your website or blog may be required to comply with certain legalities, the importance of remaining compliant with the terms of service of 3rd-party providers whose services or products you may be recommending online, and that there are easy solutions that can help your site become more compliant, such as the plugins discussed further below.

Is Your Site Legally Compliant?

Legal Disclaimer: We are not lawyers and we do not offer legal advice. You must do your own due diligence and consult a legal expert about the best way to ensure that your website is compliant with all legal requirements wherever your business is based.

Understanding The Importance Of Making Your Website Compliant

Are you at risk? Consider for a moment what the implications to your business would be if these scenarios were to occur:

Consider too the actual examples of costly compliance breaches listed below:

Can you see how easy it is to risk being exposed to litigation?

Regardless of whether you are a:

it’s important to do whatever is necessary to make sure that your online business is legally compliant.

Complying With 3rd-Party Companies Terms And Policies

Leading online companies and government agencies that regulate trade emphasize the need and importance of complying with the terms and policies of 3rd-party service providers.

You are expected to let your site visitors know that your website complies will all legal requirements and professional guidelines. This not only improves trust and buyer confidence in your business, it’s also required by most companies you engage with.

For example:

Google requires you to display legal information if using their services and features. This includes using Google Analytics

(Policy requirements for using Google Analytics)

Monetizing your blogs with Google AdSense ads

(Google AdSense advertising policy requirements)

Or promoting your services or products using Google AdWords

(Google AdWords – Policy Requirements)

If you plan to sell products online via merchants such as ClickBank, JVZoo, or other established online merchant networks, you will need to add certain legal pages before they will approve your products for sale …

(Policy requirements product vendors selling via ClickBank)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also requires that you add clear disclaimers and disclosures on your site, especially concerning the use of testimonials or product endorsements …

(Federal Trade Commission – consumer policies and regulations)

FTC Regulations Require Your Website To Be Compliant

New FTC regulations governing how business is conducted online were introduced in March 2012. A quick search online will reveal that many sites are unaware (or choose to ignore) these requirements. As documented on their website, this typically ends up with the FTC making an example of businesses and prosecuting site owners in an effort to get other businesses to comply.

If you do any type of business online, therefore, it’s best not to take chances. Even if your business is not located in the U.S. we strongly recommend protecting your business by making sure that your website complies with FTC guidelines and regulations.

Various business resources provide guidelines for structuring disclaimers and disclosures to help your business comply with FTC requirements. We provide a number of references at the end of this article …

(Word your disclaimers and disclosures correctly to avoid running foul of the law)

Social Media Apps Also Require Compliance

If you are planning to develop applications for your site users, you will also be required to provide sites like Twitter, Facebook, and many others with information about various legal pages …

(Facebook developer app – policy requirements)

(In addition to legal and regulatory compliance, most third-party websites require you to comply with their terms of use and policies)

What Legal Information Do I Need To Add To My Website To Be Legally Compliant?

If you suspect that your website or blog lacks in aspects of compliance, then you will find this section helpful.

At its most basic, adding the following legal pages to your website should help you stay out of trouble with many consumer protection agencies and external providers, and even help you avoid possible legal issues or even threats of legal action (e.g. “take down” notices):

Additionally, you may want to consider including one or more of these pages if applicable:

Types Of Disclosure Pages

Adding correct disclosure information to your site is important. For example:

Adding Compliance Pages To Your Website

Ideally, you will have your lawyer prepare the verbiage of your legal documents. Once these have been completed, there are several ways to include them in your website.

Uploading Legal Pages Manually To Your Site

If someone prepares and delivers the legal content for you as standard web pages (e.g. HTML), you can simply upload these to your site, or have someone upload them for you.

We recommend adding a legals folder to your server and uploading your legal pages to this directory (e.g. via FTP) …

(Upload legal pages to your web server via FTP)

You can then easily add a link to your legal pages from your WordPress site using a custom WordPress menu …

(WordPress Menu)

After uploading your legal pages, make sure that these are fully up-to-date and clearly accessible to your visitors. You can add these to the sidebar menu (or place them in the footer section of your site) so that visitors have access to legal information from all of your pages …

(Display links to legal pages on all of your website’s pages)

We have created a detailed tutorial on displaying links to pages on your sidebar and footer in WordPress here:

Using Ready-Made Legal Templates

You can easily find downloadable attorney-drafted disclosures and website forms and agreements just by searching online, or visiting sites like this one:

Find Legal Forms

(Find Legal Forms – Attorney-drafted legal forms)

More information:

Another option is to purchase a set of website legal templates designed by legal attorney Scott Talbert

Cut & Paste Website Legal Pages

(Cut And Paste Website Legal Pages)

These templates were created by an attorney and feature less passive voice and more plain language phrasing and can be customized with a simple quick search and replace to add your own details, then pasted into your pages.

The legal forms included in Scott Talbert’s Website Legal Forms include:

You can either create a new WordPress page for each legal form you want added to your website, then paste the content from the templates into your pages and publish or upload these to your server as previously described.

More info:

Legal Page Plugins

In addition to using legal templates, you can keep things really simple by using WordPress plugins.

Here are some great WordPress plugins worth looking into:

WordPress Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress

(WordPress Plugin – WP Legal Pages)

If you don’t want to spend time creating legal pages manually, then consider using a plugin like WP Legal Pages

This is not a free plugin, but it’s a very affordable and well-supported plugin that will make the task of creating and implementing legal pages on your WordPress site a lot easier and save you time.

Some of the reasons to consider using WordPress Legal Pages are:

When you install WordPress Legal Pages, a menu item will display inside your main dashboard menu section …

(WordPress Legal Pages – Menu)

This lets you create, view and edit your legal pages from your admin area …

(WP Legal Pages Plugin – Settings Screen)

The plugin gives you the option of creating legal pages for different types of sites, such as business websites with products, niche sites, medical sites, etc …

(WP Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress – Page type drop down menu)

Select from several built-in legal templates …

(WordPress Legal Pages Plugin – Pre-configured Legal Templates)

Legal page templates include:

To learn more about this WordPress plugin, go here:

Compliance Bar Plugin – WordPress Website Compliance Plugin

Compliance Bar is a simple plugin for WordPress-powered sites that includes over twenty customizable compliance templates for your site …

Learn more about this plugin here:

Legal Suite Pro Plugin

(Legal Suite Pro)

This plugin lets you easily install professionally-written legal pages such as:

(Legal Suite Pro Plugin For WordPress – Professionally-written legal forms)

Additionally:

With just one-click you can install almost all of the legal pages your site needs and these professionally written legal pages can be created in your theme and/or as a standalone page outside of your theme.

The plugin developers have packaged high quality, professionally written legal disclaimers into a plugin that can be installed quickly on any WordPress powered site. You can have legal pages installed and set up on your site in one minute or less and the license allows you to install and use the plugin on all of your websites (even sites that you decide to sell).

More info:

If hiring lawyers to create your legal pages is currently out of your budget, consider implementing at least some basic kind of legal protection on your site until you can afford a lawyer.

We want your site to be legally protected!

Download the Legal Pages Generator software below (for FREE!), or consider choosing one of the better solutions we discuss in this article, such as using attorney-written legal forms, or a WordPress plugin - see section below.

(Legal Pages Generator Software)

Legal Pages Generator lets you quickly generate basic legal documents for your website including ToS, Privacy Policy, Copyright Notice, Website Disclaimer and Earnings Disclaimer.

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As stated earlier, if you are making money online (or plan to), you need to make sure that your site is found to comply with all legal requirements and any guidelines and terms of service (TOS) of 3rd-party sites that you may decide to promote or use online. Your digital presence must comply with a whole set of laws and regulatory guidelines, some of which you may not be aware of.

Non-compliance puts you at risk of suffering both financial losses and the loss of your reputation. Why risk your money and reputation, when you can protect yourself so inexpensively?

Disclaimer: Once again, please note that we are not lawyers and we are not offering legal advice on our website. Do your own due diligence and consult legal experts about the best way to ensure that your website is compliant with the law wherever your business is based.

Legal Resources And References

Below is a time-saving list of websites we recommend you visit to help you better understand what your website may require to stay compliant and meet legal requirements and guidelines:

See Also …

We hope this article has helped you understand the importance of having a legally compliant website. Use the information above to quickly add essential legal pages to your WordPress website using simple legal resources and solutions.

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