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How to create terms and conditions and privacy policy pages for your website

How to create terms and conditions and privacy policy pages for your website

Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies, two of the most important pages of your website that no one will ever read. Not all websites need these pages, so read on to find out why you might need them, and where to put them if you do.


Terms and Conditions

What are Ts and Cs?

Ts and Cs are what define the terms of use for someone using your website. You'll find them everywhere on the web but, in fact, there's no legal requirement to include them. That being said, you'll probably want to, especially if you're providing any kind of service that involves a transaction of goods or money, as if things ever turned sour and you found yourself hauled in front of a judge, these very terms will be studied extensively to help determine who was in the wrong.

How to create Ts and Cs

You can't just write whatever you like and call it gospel, so for this reason if you are including terms and conditions pertaining to the sale of goods or any kind of financial transaction it's advisable to have them written up (or at the very least looked over) by a qualified lawyer. Alternatively, there are some very good terms and conditions generators available online.

Where on your site to put Ts and Cs

Your terms and conditions should be easily accessible on every page, generally from the footer. You should also ensure that anyone who buys a product or service from your website ticks a box to confirm that they have read and agree to these conditions.


Privacy Policy

What is a Privacy Policy?

Unlike Terms and Conditions, a Privacy Policy is a legal requirement on most websites, but only if you're collecting any information from your users (even email addresses) as it spells out exactly how you intend to use that data. A little added bonus for including a Privacy Policy is that it's looked upon favourably by Google, so it could slightly improve the search rankings of your site as a whole.

How to create a Privacy Policy

A privacy policy is much more straightforward than terms and conditions, so you probably don't need a legal professional to help you with this one (unless, of course, you have any special or unusual circumstances as to how you're handling personal data). Again, there are very good privacy policy generators available online.

Where on your site to put a Privacy Policy

Your privacy policy should be easily accessible on every page, generally from the footer. You may also consider making users tick a box confirming they have read this whenever they submit any personal data, but this is not a requirement.


Hopefully this article has helped you understand whether or not you need a Terms and Conditions and/or Privacy Policy page on your website. They may seem boring, but they can be a legal requirement and can even help out with your site's search position!

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