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How To Add Legal Pages To Your WordPress Site

One of the worst situations a website owner can find themselves in is to be on the wrong side of the law.

Online laws, regulations, and guidelines are designed to protect the rights of consumers and apply to any person who sells, markets or promotes products and services online. Every website owner risks being sued for not following compliance laws. Feigning ignorance about legal requirements won’t excuse someone from taking legal action against your business.

Recent laws introduced in 2014 regulating how businesses promote advertising on their sites clearly state that if you promote anything on your site for profit, then you will need to follow certain principles of disclosure to prevent enforceable orders being issued against you by consumer protection agencies, such as the (US based) Better Business Bureau (BBB). Search online for information about “The Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program,” which regulates behavioral advertising across the internet for more details.

(Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program)

The introduction of new laws affect several business activities, including:

If your site does not display certain pages (e.g. terms of service, privacy statement, legal disclaimers, etc.), many third-party sites like Google won’t let you advertise, online merchants like ClickBank or JVZoo will not allow you to list digital products, PayPal may suspend your account, Facebook could reject your applications, and you will not be allowed into various advertising and affiliate merchant networks.

If your online business is not compliant, you could end up facing a whole range of penalties, including fines, having your website shut down, even jail time!

In this article, we look at the importance of having a legally compliant website and provide inexpensive ways that will help make your website legally compliant in minutes.

Does Your Site Comply With The Law?

Disclaimer: We are not lawyers and we are not providing legal advice. You must carry out your own due diligence and consult legal experts about the best way of ensuring that your website fully complies with all laws in your country or region.

The Importance Of Making Your Website Compliant

Consider for a moment what would happen to your business if any of these scenarios were to happen:

Consider now these actual case studies of costly compliance breaches:

Can you see how easy it is to be exposed to the risks of litigation?

Regardless of whether you are a:

It’s imperative to ensure that your website remains legally compliant.

Compliance With Third-Party Services Terms And Policies

Leading online companies and government trade regulatory agencies emphasize the need of complying with the terms and policies of service providers.

You are required to let your site users know that your website complies will all legal requirements and professional guidelines. This not only increases consumer trust and buyer confidence in your website, it’s also required by most companies you interact with online.

For example:

Google requires websites to display legal information when using many of their products and features. This includes using services like Google Analytics

(Policy requirements for using Google Analytics)

Earning revenue online with your websites with Google AdSense advertising

(Google AdSense ads policy requirements)

Or promoting your business through Google AdWords

(Policy requirements for using Google AdWords)

If you plan to sell digital products through companies like ClickBank, JVZoo, or other established merchant sites, you will need to add legal pages to your site before they will approve your products for sale …

(Policy requirements product vendors using ClickBank)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also requires that you display clear disclaimers and policies on your site, especially if you plan to sell or promote products online with the aid of product testimonials or endorsements …

(FTC – consumer policies and regulations)

New FTC Regulations Require Your Website To Be Compliant

New FTC regulations governing the conduct of doing business online were introduced in March 2012. A quick search online will reveal that many sites are still unaware (or choose to ignore) these requirements. As documented on their website, this will most likely prompt the FTC to make an example of businesses and prosecute companies in an effort to get other businesses to comply.

If you do any kind 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 ensuring that your site complies with all FTC regulations.

You can find many business resource sites that can provide guidelines and examples on how to structure disclaimers and disclosures to help your business comply with FTC requirements. We provide additional references and links to resources to a number of these at the end of this article …

(Word your disclaimers and disclosures correctly to avoid running foul of laws and regulations)

Don’t Forget Social Media Apps

If you are planning to develop apps for your site users, you will also be required to provide social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and many others with access to your legal pages …

(Apps for social networking sites also require compliance)

(In addition to legal and regulatory compliance, almost all 3rd-party services require you to comply with their policies)

Basic Legal Pages You Should Add To Your Website To Ensure Compliance

If you suspect that your website is falling short in terms of compliance, then this section will help you.

Adding the following compliance pages to your site should help keep your business out of trouble with most regulatory agencies and 3rd-party service providers, and help to avoid possible legal issues or even threats of legal action (e.g. “takedown” notices):

As well as the above, you may want to look into adding one or more of the following pages:

Types Of Disclosure Pages

Adding the right disclosure information to your website is important. For example:

Adding Legal Pages Content To Your Site

Ideally, you should consult lawyers and ask them to prepare the verbiage of your legal documents. Once these have been created, there are several ways to add them to your website.

Uploading Legal Pages Manually To Your Website

If someone prepares the legal content for you in typical web page format (e.g. HTML), you can simply upload these to your server, or have someone upload these pages for you.

We recommend adding a legals folder to your server and uploading HTML pages containing your legal documentation to this directory using FTP …

(Create a ‘legals’ folder in your server and upload pages using FTP)

You can then add links to your pages in WordPress using a custom WordPress menu …

(WordPress Menu)

Where To Display Legal Web Pages On Your Website

After uploading your legal pages, make sure that these are kept up-to-date and display clearly to all visitors. You can add links to your legal pages to the sidebar (or the footer section of your website or blog) to ensure that visitors will be able to access legal information from every page …

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

We have created a detailed tutorial about displaying links to pages on your sidebar here:

Templates

You can easily find downloadable attorney-drafted internet forms and agreements just by searching online, or by going to sites like the ones listed below:

Find Legal Forms

(FindLegalForms.com – Attorney-drafted legal forms)

More info:

Another option is to purchase a set of cut & paste website legal templates drafted by attorney Scott Talbert to protect businesses online …

Cut And Paste Website Legal Pages

(Cut & Paste Website Legal Pages)

Cut & Paste website legal pages were created by an attorney and feature less passive voice and more plain language phrasing and can be easily customized with a simple quick search and replace to insert your own details, then pasted into your legal pages.

The legal templates included in Scott Talbert’s Legal Pages include:

You can either create a new page on your website 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 described previously.

More information:

WordPress Legal Plugins

In addition to using cut & paste legal templates, another option is to use a plugin.

Here are some WordPress plugins worth looking into:

WordPress Legal Pages Plugin

(WordPress Plugin – WP Legal Pages)

If the idea of creating legal pages manually feels too time-consuming for you, then consider choosing WP Legal Pages

The WP Legal Pages plugin is not free, but it’s a reasonably low-priced and well-supported premium WordPress plugin that will help make the job of creating and implementing legal pages on your WordPress site a lot easier and save you loads of headaches.

Some of the benefits of using the WP Legal Pages are:

When you install WordPress Legal Pages, a new menu feature will appear inside your navigation area …

(WP Legal Pages Plugin – Legal Pages Menu)

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

(WordPress Legal Pages Plugin – Settings Screen)

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

(WP Legal Pages – Page Type)

Select from several pre-written legal templates …

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

Legal page templates include:

Go here to learn more this plugin:

Compliance Bar – WP Compliance Plugin

complete website compliance & disclaimer solution …

More info:

Legal Suite Pro Plugin

(Legal Suite Pro Plugin)

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

(Legal Suite Pro – 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 secured rights to high quality, professionally written legal disclaimers and packaged them into a plugin that can be installed quickly on any WordPress powered site. Your legal pages can be installed and set up on your site in one minute or less and the license allows you to install and use this plugin on all of your websites (even sites that you decide to sell).

Go here for more info:

If hiring legal experts to create your legal pages is out of your budget, then consider implementing at least some basic type of legal protection on your site until you can afford legal services.

We want your site to be safe!

Download the Legal Pages Generator software below (it’s FREE!), or choose one of the better solutions we discuss in this article, such as using attorney-written legal forms, or a legal pages plugin as described in the section below.

(Legal Pages Generator Software)

Legal Pages Generator Software quickly generates 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 make money online, it’s important that your website complies with all government laws and regulations and any guidelines and terms of service (TOS) of 3rd-party services and products that you may be promoting or recommending online. Your internet presence must comply with a whole set of regulations, many of which you may not even 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?

Legal Disclaimer: Once again, please note that we are not lawyers and we are not providing legal advice on this website. You are strongly advised to do your own due diligence and consult legal experts about the best way to ensure that your website is compliant with the law in your country or region.

Additional Legal Information

Here is a time-saving list of additional sites we suggest you visit to better understand what may be required of your website to stay compliant and meet its legal obligations:

Additionally …

Hopefully, this article has helped you understand the importance of having a compliant website. Use the information provided above to quickly add essential legal pages to your website.

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