At the bottom of virtually every website on the Internet, there’s almost always a “terms and conditions” tab in the fine print, nearly exclusively at the bottom of such pages. We all skip iTunes terms and conditions agreements, and those of any other program, so why do websites bother with writing them?
Do they really need to go that far?
Put simply, every business, organization, government agency, entity, an individual should have a terms and conditions page available to their website users. Without terms and conditions, several problems arise for website owners and operators.
Failing To Have A Terms And Conditions Page Opens Sites To Liability
Although websites aren’t often the subjects of legal claims, sites without terms and conditions effectively open themselves up to troves of legal issues.
By having a terms and conditions page that’s consistent with other disclaimers on similar websites, owners automatically have a strong defense for conferring liability onto the plaintiff – the party bringing such a claim against the website in question.
For example, someone who browses a website could find the information they take to be true and act upon it. That action could result in bodily injury, mental disorders, loss of employment, or other negative outcomes – or all of the above, and then some. With a disclaimer that’s worded appropriately, owners can rarely be held responsible for any monetary compensation sought from plaintiffs.
Web Users Can Sometimes Abuse Web Pages
Banning visitors and users of websites is sometimes difficult without a legal disclaimer that’s readily available and (somewhat) understandable. Someone could create an account on a forum, for example, and spam other users, send them phishing links or use hateful language towards others.
When a website’s disclaimer is present on pages used by visitors for any of the above instances of misconduct, preventing such abuse becomes leaps and bounds easier.
How Can A Website Define Misconduct? Isn’t Misconduct Subjective?
Let’s consider an example – a comment section on a pornographic video streaming site likely contains vulgar, inappropriate, and obscene content.
The above content is, in the case of such websites clearly intended for people at least eighteen years of age, subjectively considered appropriate, given the nature of such websites.
Other websites might not be clearly defined, with accepted standards of conduct that are understood just by becoming even remotely familiar with such web pages.
By clearly defining acceptable conduct for a website through its terms and conditions, preventing abuse and terminating accounts considered abusive is loads easier, and infinitely safer.
How to get terms and conditions page on your WordPress website?
A WordPress legal pages plugin will help you to a great extent. It has pre-made templates of legal pages which you can integrate easily with your WordPress website. WP Legal Pages is one such plugin. It has 25+ legal pages templates including terms and conditions page. You can generate all the legal pages you need in just a few minutes.
Let’s face it – most of us probably aren’t lawyers, nor are way trained in reading nor writing legalese. As such, devising appropriate terms and conditions that would cover one’s defense in court is likely only possible with a lawyer, or a terms and conditions page generator. Or, doing hours upon hours of endless research.
A legal pages generator sounds like a good idea.