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How To Add Legal Pages To Your WordPress Site

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

Online laws were designed to protect the rights of consumers and apply to any person who sells, markets or promotes products and services online. Anyone who owns a website risks being sued for not following compliance laws. Feigning ignorance about the law will not excuse someone from taking legal action against you.

New laws introduced in 2014 regulating how businesses promote advertising on their sites 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 consumer protection departments, such as the 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.

(BBB – Online Interest-Based Advertising Accountability Program)

The introduction of new laws has ramifications for various online business categories, including:

If your website does not display certain pages (e.g. terms and conditions of use, privacy statement, earning 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 will suspend your web applications, and you won’t be allowed to promote a number of advertising or affiliate merchant networks.

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

The purpose of this guide is to help make you aware that your site(s) are required to comply with certain legalities, the importance of maintaining compliance with the terms of service of external providers whose services or products you may be recommending online, and that there are solutions for WordPress that can help your site become more compliant, such as the plugins listed further below.

Is Your Site Legally Compliant?

Disclaimer: Please note that we are not lawyers and we are not providing legal advice in this article. As previously stated, the aim of this article is to make you aware that your website may be subject to certain legal policies in accordance with the laws that govern your business and that you may be required to comply with the terms of service of 3rd-party companies whose services or products you use

Why It’s Important To Make Your Website Compliant

Are you at risk? Consider for a moment what would happen to your business if any of these scenarios were to occur:

Consider also these documented examples of costly compliance breaches:

Can you see how a business owner can easily be exposed to the risks of litigation?

Regardless of whether you are a:

It’s vitally important to ensure that your website has the right legal pages and information accessible to all you site users.

Complying With 3rd-Party Services

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

You must let your visitors know that your website complies with all necessary legal requirements and recommended guidelines. This not only improves trust and buyer confidence in your website, it’s also a requirement of many companies you do business with online.

Here are just some examples:

Google requires your site to display certain information if using many of their services and product features. This includes Google Analytics

(Policy requirements for using Google Analytics)

Earning revenue online with your blogs with Google AdSense online advertising

(Google AdSense advertising policy requirements)

And even promoting your services or products through Google AdWords

(Google AdWords – Policy Requirements)

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

(Policy requirements for vendors selling via ClickBank)

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

(FTC – consumer policies and regulations)

FTC Regulations – Ensuring That Your Website Is Compliant

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 is already the case, this often ends up with the FTC making an example of businesses and prosecuting 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 any chances. Even if your business is not physically located in the U.S. we strongly recommend protecting your business interests by making sure that your website complies with all FTC regulations.

Many business resources provide guidelines and examples on how to structure disclaimers and disclosures to help your site comply with FTC requirements. We provide additional references at the end of this article …

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

Social Media Apps - Don’t Forget These

If you are planning to create social networking applications that integrate with your website, social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and many others will require you to provide information about various legal pages …

(Apps for social networking sites like Facebook also require compliance)

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

Common Legal Pages You Should Include In Your Website To Ensure Compliance

If your website is lacking in terms of compliance, then this section will help you.

Adding the following compliance pages to your site will keep you out of trouble with most regulatory authorities and third-party service providers, and even help you avoid possible legal issues):

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

Types Of Disclosure Pages

It’s important to add the right disclosure information to your website. For example:

Adding Legal Pages 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 add them to your website.

Uploading Legal Pages Manually

If someone prepares and delivers the legal content for you in HTML format, you can simply upload these to your server, or have someone upload them for you.

We recommend adding a legals directory to your server and uploading HTML pages containing your legal documentation to this directory (e.g. using FTP) …

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

You can then easily add links to these pages in WordPress using custom links in your menu administration …

(WordPress Menu)

Make sure that your legal pages are kept up-to-date and clearly accessible to all site visitors. You can insert these into your sidebar menu (or the footer of your website or blog) to ensure that users can access the information from all of your pages …

(It’s important to display links to legal information on all of your website’s pages)

To learn more about adding links to pages on your sidebar and footer in WordPress using widgets, see this tutorial:

Store-Bought Legal Templates

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

Find Legal Forms

(Find Legal Forms)

More information:

Another option is to purchase a package of cut & paste legal templates designed by attorney Scott Talbert to help businesses protect themselves online …

Cut And Paste Website Legal Pages

(Cut And Paste Website Legal Pages)

These legal templates feature less passive voice and more plain language phrasing and can be easily customized with simple search and replace to add your own business name and URL, then pasted into your legal pages.

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

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

More info:

WordPress Plugins – Legal Pages

As well as using templates, you can simplify things by using WordPress plugins.

Here are some legal WordPress plugins you may be interested in checking out:

WP Legal Pages

(WordPress Plugin – WordPress Legal Pages)

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

WP Legal Pages is not a free plugin, but it’s a very 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 WordPress Legal Pages:

After installing WordPress Legal Pages, a new menu feature will display inside your main navigation menu …

(WP Legal Pages Plugin – Menu)

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

(WordPress Legal Pages Plugin – Settings Screen)

With WP Legal Pages, you can create legal pages for different online uses, such as business websites with products, affiliate/review sites, medical sites, etc …

(WordPress Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress – Type of Site drop down menu)

You can also select from several built-in legal templates …

(WordPress Legal Pages Plugin For WordPress – Legal Templates)

Legal page templates include:

To learn more this plugin, visit this site:

Compliance Bar – Website Compliance Plugin For WordPress

Compliance Bar is a total compliance and disclaimer solution for your online presence …

Learn We’ve written an in-depth article about this plugin here:

Legal Suite Pro

(Legal Suite Pro)

Legal Suite Pro Plugin For WordPress 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 plugin licensing is flexible, allowing you to install and use this plugin on all of your sites (even sites that you decide to sell).

More info:

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

We want your website to be safe!

Download the Legal Pages Generator tool below (it’s FREE!), or choose one of the better solutions we discuss in this article, such as using attorney-drafted legal content, or plugins - see section below.

(Legal Pages Generator)

Legal Pages Generator lets you quickly generate necessary legal documents for your website including Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, Copyright Notice, Website Disclaimer and optional Earnings Disclaimer.

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As we’ve previously pointed out, if you are making money online (or plan to), you need to ensure that your site is compliant with government laws and regulations and the terms of service and guidelines for third-party sites that you may decide to promote or sell online. If your website doesn’t comply with laws intended 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, please note that we are not lawyers and we offer no legal advice. We strongly advise you to 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.

Resources

Below is a time-saving list of sites we recommend you visit to better understand what may be required of your website to remain compliant and meet legal obligations:

Plus …

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

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