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Do You Really Need Terms and Conditions on Your Website?

Hi Guys,

Let’s talk about those perky terms and conditions of websites, you often surf on the web.

 

If you are in the process of building a new website you might be taking a peep at other websites (like TechGlobule.com) to get a feel for what you want. You may seem that many websites have a terms and conditions page and wonder if your website needs one too. Technically you don’t, but I do suggest that you get one. Even if you are not selling anything on your website, there are still rules you would like your viewers to respect. If you do not have any set rules, they can basically do as they please and you would have no say in them not doing so.

A terms and conditions page can protect you from a law suit if ever a viewer wants to sue you. Things may not get that far for the average webmaster, but it is still good to protect yourself from such events. You are also able to clearly state the rules of viewing your website and what your audience can do and cannot do. If you are stuck at this page and do not know where to start, find a website terms and conditions generator. An online terms and conditions generator will help you get started, but you still need to read through it and tweak it to suit your needs.

Here is what you should include in your terms and conditions

Copyright

There are some content stealers out there and you have to be super careful. They will simply copy your work and paste it on another website. You work hard to produce this content and no one has the right to just take it. Even though the copyright section will not stop some of these thieves, it might scare away others. If you later have a case against someone stealing your work, you can at least say that you have a Copyright section on your website. Having no copyright on your website still does not make it right for someone to just steal your content, but having it is beneficial in many ways.

Privacy

I am very weary of giving my credit card details to anyone that does not have a privacy policy of their website. A privacy policy promises to protect any personal information of your clients and readers. I know my email address won’t be shared as well as any other contact information I enter. I do not enjoy receiving marketing information from companies that should not have my contact information. This is why I only enter it on websites with a privacy policy in place.  As stated before, this is just a promise and I have come to know some websites who ignore their own terms and conditions. It’s still a good thing to set your customers minds at ease and acting on it.

Governing Law

Your terms and conditions page needs to mention where your website is hosted from and under which law it is governed. This is important because each area has its own set of laws and it’s worth mentioning under which governing law the website operates. Individuals from your area may know the laws of the state or jurisdiction, but the internet opens up your website to the world. It is also just policy and best practice to enter this information in your terms and conditions.

How do I create a terms and conditions page?

Online Generator

You do not have to copy another website’s terms and conditions page with all the online help available. A website terms of use generator will be able to help you create a good terms of conditions page. You might need to adjust some of the laws if it does not work for you but you can usually request a custom one. This is of great help for many webmasters as it is so important to get all the facts right.

Legal Assistance

Sometimes you have to call in the professionals to help with certain aspects of your business and it is the same for a website. For many, a website is essentially their business and when it comes to something legal, you might want to get advice from the experts.  Find a good e-commerce attorney to help you with all your legal issues. This will always come in handy further down the lane.

Conclusion

Even if it is not enforced by the law to have a terms and conditions page on your website, it is better to rather be safe than sorry. In the event of something happening, you want to be sure that you have some form of protection. The online world is not always as rosy as you might think, but there are ways to make sure that you and your website are not involved in anything legal.

Have a link to your terms and conditions page on every webpage to make sure that it is visible to every viewer. Your viewers will probably never read this page and that is perfectly normal, but the importance factor is that you know it is there. It is not your responsibility to make them click on that link, but you should make it visible in case someone wants to know. Many website also has an acceptance policy where the viewers have to accept the terms and conditions before using certain functions. Use on these methods to start creating your terms and conditions page today. You will not regret it.

Megan Grant

Megan Grant

 

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Megan Grant is a content writer and guest post writer. Her life credo is “Be yourself, believe in yourself“. Her hobby is writing, reading, traveling. Dreams of becoming big-name author and blogger.

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