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How To Add Legal Pages To Your WordPress Site

If you plan to grow a successful business online, you do not want to learn the hard way that you have broken the law.

As the digital way of life continues to grow at breakneck speed and rules constantly change, it’s absolutely essential that you try to stay on top of what’s going on and to make sure that your website or blog remains legal, especially if your web presence plays a significant part in your business strategy.

Recent laws introduced in 2014 regulating how businesses promote advertising on their sites state that if you plan to promote anything on your website for commercial gain, then you need to follow certain disclosure guidelines to prevent enforceable orders being issued against you by consumer protection departments, such as the BBB, or Better Business Bureau. Look up “The Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program,” which regulates behavioral advertising across the internet to learn more.

(Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program – BBB)

These laws affect several business categories, including:

If there are no legal pages on your web site (e.g. terms of service, privacy policy, legal disclaimers, etc.), many third-party sites such as Google won’t let you advertise, digital marketplaces like ClickBank or JVZoo will not allow you to list digital products, PayPal could close down your account and freeze your funds, Facebook will suspend your web applications, and you will not be allowed into various advertising or affiliate marketing networks.

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

This guide explains the importance of having a compliant website and explains simple and cost-effective resources and solutions to help make your WordPress website compliant in minutes.

Does Your Website Or Blog Comply With The Law?

Legal Disclaimer: We are not lawyers and we are not providing legal advice on this website. Do your own due diligence and we recommend consulting a legal expert about the best way to ensure that your website fully complies with all legal requirements wherever you do business.

Why It’s Important To Make Your Website Compliant

Is your business at risk? Consider for a minute what would happen to your business if the scenarios below were to occur:

Consider also the actual case studies of costly compliance breaches described:

Can you see how a website owner can easily become exposed to the risk of litigation?

Regardless of whether you are a:

It’s vitally important to make sure that your website is fully compliant with the law.

Compliance With 3rd-Party Services

Compliance with 3rd-party services terms and policies is important.

You must let your visitors know that your website complies with laws and professional guidelines. This not only increases consumer trust and buyer confidence in your site, it’s also required by most companies you do business with.

For example:

Google requires you to display legal information if using many of their products. This includes Google Analytics

(Google Analytics – Policy Requirements)

Earning revenue online with your websites using Google AdSense ads

(Google AdSense policy requirements)

Or promoting your services via Google AdWords

(Google AdWords – Policy Requirements)

If you plan to sell products online using companies such as ClickBank, JVZoo, or other established online merchant networks, you are required to add various legal pages before they will approve your products for selling via their networks …

(Policy requirements product vendors selling through ClickBank)

The Federal Trade Commission also requires you to include clear disclaimers and policies on your website, especially if you plan to sell or promote products online with the aid of testimonials or product endorsements …

(FTC – consumer policies and regulations)

FTC Regulations – Ensuring That Your Site Is Compliant

FTC regulations governing how business is conducted online were introduced in March 2012. A quick search online reveals that many business are unaware (or choose to ignore) these requirements. As has happened in the past, this typically results in the FTC making an example of businesses and prosecuting website owners for breaches of regulation in an effort to get other businesses to comply.

If you do any type of money-making activity online, therefore, it’s best not to take any chances. Even if your business is not located in the U.S. it’s best to protect your business by making sure that your site complies with FTC guidelines and regulations.

Many online business resources provide guidelines for structuring disclaimers and disclosures to help your site comply with FTC requirements. See the references and resources section at the end of this article for more information …

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

Don’t Forget Social Media Applications

If you are planning to create applications for your website, social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and many others require you to provide 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 policies and guidelines)

What Compliance Information Pages Do You Need To Add To Your Website To Be Covered Against Legal Compliance Issues?

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

Adding the following legal pages to your website will help your website stay out of trouble with most consumer protection agencies and 3rd-party providers, and even help you avoid potential legal issues):

Additionally, you may want to look into including any of the following pages if applicable:

Disclosure Pages – Types

It’s important to add the correct types of disclosure pages to your site. For example:

Adding Legal Content To Your Website

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

Upload Legal Pages Manually To Your Website

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

We recommend creating a legals folder on your server and uploading HTML pages containing your legal documentation to this directory (e.g. via FTP) …

(Upload legal pages to your web server via FTP)

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

(Custom WordPress Menu Feature)

Displaying Legal Pages On Your Website

After uploading your legal pages, make sure that these are fully up-to-date and clearly visible to all visitors. You can insert links to your legal pages into the WordPress sidebar (or place them in the footer section of your website) to ensure that users have access to the information from all your pages …

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

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

Ready-Made Legal Templates

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

Find Legal Forms

(Find Legal Forms – Legal forms)

Go here for more information:

Another option is to download a set of cut and paste legal templates written by attorney Scott Talbert to protect businesses online …

Cut And Paste Website Legal Pages

(Cut & Paste Website Legal Pages – Legal Templates)

These templates were written 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 web pages.

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

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

More information:

WordPress Legal Page Plugins

As well as using legal templates, you can keep things very simple using a plugin.

Here are some plugins for WordPress users that you should check out:

WordPress Legal Pages Plugin

(WordPress Plugin – WordPress Legal Pages)

If you don’t want to bother with creating legal pages manually, then consider using WP Legal Pages

WP Legal Pages is not a free plugin, but it’s a reasonably affordable and well-supported plugin that will simplify the job of creating and implementing legal pages on your site and save you many headaches.

Some of the benefits of using WordPress Legal Pages are:

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

(WordPress Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress – Menu)

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

(WP Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress – Settings Area)

You can easily create legal pages for different types of websites, such as business websites with products, review websites, e-commerce sites, etc …

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

Choose from several pre-written legal templates …

(WordPress Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress – Legal Templates)

Legal page templates include:

Go here to learn more about using this handy plugin:

Compliance Bar Plugin – WordPress Website Compliance Plugin

The Compliance Bar WordPress Plugin is a total compliance & disclaimer solution for your website …

More info:

Legal Suite Pro

(Legal Suite Pro For WordPress)

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

(Legal Suite Pro Plugin – 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 site. You can have legal pages installed and set up on your site in less than one minute and the license allows you to install and use the plugin on all of your websites (even sites that you decide to sell).

More information:

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

We want your business to be legally safe!

Download the FREE Legal Pages Generator software below, or use one of the better solutions we discuss in this article, such as using legal documentation, or plugins as described in the section below.

(Legal Pages Generator)

Legal Pages Generator quickly generates necessary legal documents for your website including Terms of Service, 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), it’s important that your website is compliant with all government legal requirements and any guidelines and terms of service (TOS) of 3rd-party services and products that you may decide to promote or advertise online. If your website isn’t compliant with laws designed to protect consumers, you’re breaking the law.

Being non-compliant 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, we are not lawyers and we provide no legal advice in this article. You are strongly advised to do your own due diligence and consult a legal expert to ensure that your website is compliant with all legal requirements concerning your specific business.

Additional Information

Below is a useful list of sites we suggest you visit to better understand what your website may require to stay compliant and meet its legal obligations:

See Also …

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

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