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How To Add Legal Pages To Your WordPress Site

Is your website legally compliant? Do you know if your site is breaking any laws, or breaching the Terms of Service (TOS) of any companies whose services or products you do business with?

Online laws, regulations, and guidelines were designed to protect the rights of consumers and apply to any person who markets, sells or promotes goods and services online. Every website owner risks being sued for not following compliance laws. Feigning ignorance about legal requirements will not protect you from being slapped with a legal notice.

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 profit, then you need to follow certain principles of disclosure to prevent enforceable orders being issued against you by regulatory departments, such as the (US based) Better Business Bureau, also referred to as the BBB. Search online for information about “The Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program,” which regulates behavioral advertising across the internet to learn more.

(Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program)

The new laws has ramifications for several online business activities, including:

If your site does not display certain pages (e.g. terms and conditions of use, privacy statement, financial disclaimers, etc.), many sites such as Google won’t let you advertise, digital marketplaces like ClickBank will not allow you to sell digital products, PayPal could shut down your account, Facebook will reject web applications, and you won’t be allowed to participate in various advertising or online marketing networks.

More importantly, you may also be inadvertently leaving yourself open and vulnerable to litigation.

In this guide, we look at the importance of having a compliant website and how to quickly add all necessary legal pages to your WordPress website.

Is Your Website Or Blog Breaking The Law?

Legal Disclaimer: Please note that we are not lawyers and we are not offering legal advice about your website or business. As stated earlier, the purpose of this article is only to make you aware that your website may be subject to certain legal requirements in accordance with the laws governing business online and that compliance may be required with the terms of service of 3rd-party providers whose products or services you recommend on your website or blog

Why Having A Compliant Website Is Important

Is your business at risk? Consider for one minute what could happen to your business if the situations below were to happen:

Consider also the following real examples of costly compliance breaches:

Can you see how easy it is to risk being a target of litigation through non-compliance?

Regardless of whether you are a:

It’s imperative to make sure that your website or blog remains legally compliant.

Compliance With 3rd-Party Services - ToS, Policies, etc.

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

You must let your visitors know that your business complies with legal requirements and recommended guidelines. This not only increases trust and confidence in your website, it’s also required in most cases by most companies you interact with.

Here are just some examples:

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

(Google Analytics – Policy Requirements)

Earning revenue online with your blogs using Google AdSense

(Google AdSense ads - policy requirements)

Or promoting your products or services using Google AdWords

(Google AdWords – Policy Requirements)

If you plan to sell digital products through companies such as ClickBank, JVZoo, or other established merchant networks, you will be required to add certain legal pages to your website before your products are approved for sale …

(Policy requirements for ClickBank digital product vendors)

The Federal Trade Commission also requires you to include clear disclaimers and disclosures on your site, especially concerning the use of testimonials or product endorsements …

(Federal Trade Commission – consumer policies and regulations)

New FTC Regulations Require Your Site To Comply

New FTC regulations governing how business is conducted online were introduced in March 2012. Search online and you will see that many sites are unaware (or choose to ignore) these requirements. As has already been the case, this often prompts the FTC to make an example of businesses and prosecute companies for breaches of regulation in an effort to get other businesses to comply.

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

Various online resources provide guidelines and examples for structuring disclaimers and disclosures to help your business meet FTC requirements. See the resources section at the end of this article for more information …

(Wording your disclaimers and disclosures correctly is important to avoid running foul of the law)

Don’t Forget Social Media Apps

If you plan to develop social networking applications for your site, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and many others will require you to provide access to various legal pages …

(Facebook apps also require compliance)

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

Basic Legal Pages You Should Include In Your Site

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

At its most basic, adding the following compliance pages to your site should help keep you out of trouble with most consumer protection agencies and 3rd-party providers, and avoid possible legal issues or even threats of legal action (e.g. “take down” notices):

Additionally, you may want to look into including any of these legal pages if applicable:

Types Of Disclosure Pages

Adding the right web content disclosure information is important. For example:

Adding Legal Pages To Your Site

Ideally, you will consult a lawyer and ask them to prepare the verbiage of your legal documents. Once you have this prepared, there are several ways to include them in your website.

Uploading Legal Web Pages To Your Site

If someone prepares the legal content 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 adding a legal folder to your web server and uploading your legal pages to this folder (e.g. using FTP) …

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

You can then add a link to these legal pages in WordPress using custom links in your menu admin area …

(Custom WordPress Menu Feature)

Make sure that your legal pages are up-to-date and display clearly to all site visitors. You can add links to your legal pages to the WordPress sidebar (or the footer section of your website) to ensure that users can access the information from every web page …

(It’s important to display links to your legal pages to visitors on all of your site’s pages)

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

Using Store-Bought Legal Templates

You can easily find attorney-drafted downloadable forms and agreements by searching online, or visiting websites like the ones listed below:

Find Legal Forms

(Find Legal Forms)

To learn more, visit this website:

Alternatively, you can purchase a package of cut & paste website legal templates created by attorney Scott Talbert to help businesses protect themselves online …

Cut And Paste Website Legal Pages

(Cut And Paste Website Legal Pages)

Cut & Paste website templates feature less passive voice and more plain language phrasing and can be easily customized with a quick search and replace to add your own business name and URL, then pasted into your pages.

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

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

For more details, go here:

Legal Page Plugins

As well as using copy & paste legal templates, you can keep things very simple by using plugins.

Here are some legal WordPress plugins worth looking into:

WP Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress

(WordPress Legal Pages)

If you don’t want to spend time creating legal pages manually, then consider choosing WordPress Legal Pages

This plugin is not free, but it’s a reasonably low-priced and well-supported premium plugin that will help simplify the job of creating and implementing legal pages on your website and save you many headaches.

Here are just some of the benefits of using WP Legal Pages plugin:

When you install WordPress Legal Pages, a new menu feature will be added to your main dashboard menu …

(WordPress Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress – Legal Pages Menu)

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

(WordPress Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress – Settings Area)

The plugin gives you the option to create legal pages for different online uses, such as business websites with products, review websites, e-commerce sites, etc …

(WP Legal Pages Plugin – Type of Site dropdown menu)

Choose from various built-in legal templates …

(WP Legal Pages – Legal Templates)

Legal page templates include:

Go here for more information about the benefits of using this plugin:

Compliance Bar Plugin – WordPress Plugin For Website Compliance

total website compliance & disclaimer solution …

Learn more about the plugin here:

Legal Suite Pro Plugin

(Legal Suite Pro Plugin)

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 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. 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 sites (even sites that you decide to sell or flip).

Go here for more information:

If using the services of lawyers to create your legal pages is currently out of your budget, then consider implementing at least some basic form of legal protection on your website until you can afford to hire the services of a legal form or lawyer.

We want your business to be safe!

Download the FREE Legal Pages Generator software below, or choose one of the better solutions we discuss in this article, such as using ready-made legal page templates, or a plugin - see section below.

(Legal Pages Generator Software)

Legal Pages Generator 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 engage in any form of business online, it’s important that your website is compliant with regulatory agencies and the terms of service and guidelines provided by third-party services and products that you may decide to promote or offer online. If your website isn’t compliant with laws designed to protect the rights of consumers, you’re breaking the law.

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, we are not lawyers and we do not offer legal advice. You must do your own due diligence and consult legal experts to ensure that your website fully complies with all legal requirements pertaining to your business.

Additional Information

Below is a useful list of sites we recommend you visit to better understand what your business requires to stay compliant and meet its legal requirements and guidelines:

Additionally …

We hope this article has helped you understand the importance of having a legally compliant website. Use the information presented above to quickly and easily add all necessary legal pages to your WordPress website or blog using simple solutions.

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